Explanation for different drugs having related pharmacological action

Before trying to define “applied pharmacology” it’s essential to define what is meant by “pharmacology”. Pharmacology is defined as a “study of the action and uses of drugs”. Louis Goodman and Alfred Gillman the famous duo who are credited with a seminal treatise on pharmacology has given a more wholesome definition of pharmacology which categorizes pharmacology as the study of the source, properties, physiological action, absorption, excretion and therapeutic use of drugs.

Covering the most commonly used drugs in dentistry, Applied Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist test bank provides an in-depth understanding of the pharmacologic principles needed for safe and effective dental treatment and oral health care. It discusses drug properties and mechanisms of action, dosages, intended effects, interactions, and adverse reactions — both for the medications a patient may already be taking and for the drugs prescribed by the dentist.

New to this edition are topics such as drug-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis to reduce the risk of infection, cholesterol and cardiovascular guidelines, and new information on type 2 diabetes.

Key features

 Comprehensive coverage provides an in-depth understanding of the most commonly used drugs, how they work, and how they affect patients’ oral health and dental treatment options.

 A dental focus addresses the drug interactions of clinical interest in dentistry, with explanations as to why certain drugs are used or contraindicated in a dental treatment plan.

 A logical format organizes chapters into four parts: 1) general pharmacologic principles, 2) drugs used in dentistry, 3) drugs that may alter dental treatment, and 4) special situations.

 Clinical Skills Assessment offers review questions at the end of each chapter, helping you assess your knowledge of the material.

 Dental Hygiene Considerations boxes show how principles of pharmacology apply specifically to dental hygienists.