Dental Management of the Hypertensive Patient
You will receive 2 unit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The registration fee is only $82.00
It is essential that the dentist be familiar with hypertension, the action mechanisms of the medications employed to treat it and their adverse effects, and the significant drug interactions that may occur with these medications.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:
- Understand the importance of the diagnosis of hypertension and how to design treatment plans that will not interfere or exacerbate hypertension.
- Be aware of the most common medications utilized in the treatment of hypertension and what oral changes the medications may cause.
Hypertension is a disease that affects approximately 20% of the adult population in the United States. Each year, antihypertensive medications appear on the list of most commonly prescribed drugs. As the population ages, the number of people taking these medications continues to increase. The dentist frequently manages people who are taking one or more of these medications. Therefore, it is essential that the dentist be familiar with hypertension, the action mechanisms of the medications employed to treat it along with their adverse effects, and the significant drug interactions that may occur with these medications. The dentist has the responsibility to screen patients for hypertension, to refer patients with consistently high readings, and to effectively and safely manage dental patients on chronic, multiple antihypertensive medications.
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- Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, The Fifth Report. Arch Intern Med; 1993: 153: 154 – 183.
- Muzyka BC, Glick M. The Hypertensive Dental Patient. JADA; 1997: 128: 1109 – 1120.
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