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Session #1 Dr. Tom Viola

February 28, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Session #1

Dr. Tom Viola

“Waiting To Inhale?”

Course Description:

Do you know enough about cannabis to have THAT conversation with your patients?

The DEA considers cannabis to have no accepted medical use. Therefore, it is illegal to possess. Yet, almost every state has enacted legislation aimed at legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis for medical or recreational use. Despite this rise in social and legal acceptance, public health concerns regarding the use of cannabis remain, especially among dental professionals since the major routes of administration of cannabis involves the oral cavity. This program will introduce dental professionals to the pharmacology of cannabis, including its various dosage forms, routes of administration and adverse reactions. Special emphasis will be placed on the effects of cannabis use on oral health and dental treatment, as well as the proposed use of cannabis in dentistry for the management of patient anxiety and odontogenic pain.

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the history and various types of cannabis, as well as its current legal status and proposed uses in dentistry.
  • Describe the pharmacology of cannabis, including its mechanism of action, routes of administration and available formulations.
  • Identify the effects of cannabis on major organ systems.
  • Explain the clinical considerations of cannabis use, including adverse reactions, drug interactions and contraindications.
  • Explore the dental considerations of cannabis, including potential treatment modifications, and strategies for patient care planning.


With over 30 years’ experience as a board-certified pharmacist, clinical educator, professional speaker and published author, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P. has earned his national and international reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team. As the founder of Pharmacology Declassified, Tom provides valuable insight on the complex interplay between pharmacology and physiology so that clinicians may be knowledgeable about not only the dental considerations of medications used to treat systemic illness but also the systemic considerations of medications used to provide dental treatment. As an educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of over 10 dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. As an author, Tom is well known for his contributions to several professional journals, has served as a contributor, chapter author and peer reviewer for several pharmacology textbooks and currently serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs. As a speaker, Tom has presented over 1000 informative, humorous and engaging continuing education seminars and webinars to dental professionals internationally since 2001.


February 28, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Melissa Sattler
(804) 354-1611

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