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Dental Courses

DENT 1120

Dental Pharmacology

Credits: 2

Description: This course introduces dental assisting and dental hygiene learners to basic drug classifications, their indications, contraindications, therapeutic effects, potential side effects and oral manifestations. Emphasis is placed on the physical and chemical properties of drugs used in dentistry, related to pharmacological pain control principles, and various anesthesia techniques. Prerequisite(s): ENGL0100, MATH0080 or appropriate score on assessment

Credit Breakdown: 2/0/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.


Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of general principles of pharmacology.
  2. List drugs frequently used in the dental profession their drug categories and indications for use.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts of dental pharmacology
  4. Identify actions of commonly prescribed drugs and how they can impact dental treatment.
  5. Explain adverse reactions, general methods of toxicity prevention, and medical emergencies that may occur in dental practice.
  6. Distinguish among side effect, adverse reaction, allergic reaction, idiosyncrasy, and toxicity of medications

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Learners are encouraged to register with Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the Learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to Learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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