Course Details:

AGD Code: 010
Subject: Basic Sciences, Lecture

We will study the most commonly prescribed medications in dentistry, such as:

  • those for treating acute pain and infection
  • commonly prescribed drugs used for chronic pain
  • chronic infection such as periodontitis
  • inflammatory mucosal lesions and rampant caries
  • drugs for the treatment of sialorrhea
  • medications for xerostomia
  • dental anxiety drugs
  • controlled substances and the dentist’s role in chemical dependency and smoking cessation
  • safe and appropriate prescription writing
  • interactions between drugs that we as dentists prescribe and drugs that our patients may be on for their medical conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course the participant will:

  1. Have a working knowledge of the major classifications of drugs used in the modern practice of dentistry
  2. Know the primary side effects of dental drugs
  3. Know the indications and contraindications of the use of dental drugs
  4. Know the interactions of dental drugs with other drugs the patient may be on
  5. Determine the propriety of using particular drugs within the scope of the dental setting
  6. Understand the “off-label” use of drugs
  7. Understand the risk-benefit paradigm of prescribing any drug

And so much more!

CERP Standardization
Release Date: 04/2021
Expiration Date: 04/2024

Pricing Details

Get your Dental CE Credits with ease! Course is accessible for up to 90 days after purchase.


Dr. Ira Adler

Marlton, NJ

"The course was very well presented. Dr. Quaranta is a great presenter. The content was great and well organized"

Dr. Nicholas Breen

Pennsauken, NJ

"Dr. Quaranta was very knowledgeable and provided many key factors to enhance the use of prescriptions in dentistry.""

Dr. Frank Peretta

Mount Kisco, NY

"Excellent - very appropriate to all dental practitioners"

About the Instructor

Patrick Quaranta

Dr. Quaranta graduated from Villanova University in 1968 with a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a B.S. degree in Biological Science. He attended Monmouth University Graduate School of Education during 1968 and 1969.

Dr. Quaranta attended The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School where he received his D.M.D. degree in 1972. Immediately after graduation from NJDS he was then invited to become a one-day per week faculty member as an instructor at the New Jersey Dental School and concurrently entered private practice with his father in Highland Park New Jersey. In 1977 he was promoted to Assistant Professor and in 1986 he was promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr. Quaranta, while a faculty member of NJDS in 1991, took on a two-year residency program in TMD disorders and oral medicine/ oro-facial pain. In 1992 Dr. Quaranta entered the Kean University Graduate School of Psychology where he performed research and obtained an M.S. degree in clinical psychology in 1997.

Dr. Quaranta took over his father’s practice in 1989 and after twenty three years of full time practice in 1995 became a three day per week faculty member and spent two years teaching in the Oral Medicine Division of the Department of Oral Pathology, Biology and Diagnostic Sciences. After twenty-seven years in private practice Dr. Quaranta became a full-time faculty member at NJDS in 2000.

In 1998 Dr. Quaranta was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the national dental academic honor society, and in 1999 was offered a fellowship in the Faculty of the International College of Dentists (FICD). On September 26, 2001 Dr.Quaranta was inducted into the Master Educator’ Guild and designated a Master Educator. This was a new University Wide program inaugurated by the new University President, Stuart Cook to recognize achievement and ability in biomedical education. It is a University wide distinction awarded to a member of the six schools within the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. New Jersey Dental School is one of the six schools. Dr. Quaranta was the first member to be elected to this award from the Dental School. The school as now the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. On April 19, 2002, Dr. Quaranta was accepted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists (FACD).

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to the Online Course with Dr. Patrick Quaranta, DMD, MS, FICD, FACD​​

  • 2


    • Handout 1

    • Handout 2

  • 3

    Video Presentation 1

    • Video Presentation 1

  • 4

    Video Presentation 2

    • Video Presentation 2

  • 5

    Video Presentation 3

    • Video Presentation 3

  • 6

    Video Presentation 4

    • Video Presentation 4

  • 7

    Video Presentation 5

    • Video Presentation 5

  • 8

    CE Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation for CE

  • 9


    • Congratulations!