Delmar's Dental Drug Reference provides up-to-date information on drugs of particular interest to the dental care practitioner. These drugs are presented alphabetically in Chapter 3.

Chapter 1 and the "Quick Guide to the Use of Delmar's Dental Drug Reference should be consulted first because they outline how to use the text. General information on drug classes, including dental concerns, is found in Chapter 2. This information is easy to locate and use and prevents lengthy repetitions throughout the text. A list of drugs that are in that drug class appears at the beginning of each class discussed.

Trade names of drugs marketed in the United States and Canada are listed; trade names of drugs marketed only in Canada are designated by a maple leaf M. For ease of location, the FDA pregnancy category immediately follows the pronunciation of the drug at the beginning of the information for each drug in Chapter 3.

One of the important features of Delmar's Dental Drug Reference is the format whereby dosage information is presented. The dosage form and/or route of administration are clearly delineated and are often correlated with the disease state(s) for which the dosage is used. This makes finding dosage information easy. Another important feature is the designation in boldface italics of life-threatening side effects. The section entitled Special Concerns provides information of special note to the practitioner, including safety and efficacy considerations for use of the drug in certain disease states, in children, during lactation, during pregnancy, and in the geriatric client.

The presentation of Dental Concerns and Client/Family Teaching are two of the most important features of the text. Such information provides the practitioner with a mechanism to assess the client before and after oral health care, prescribed drug therapy, to obtain and review specific items (assessments, labs) related to the drug being administered or prescribed, to initiate appropriate interventions, and to incorporate appropriate client/family teaching to ensure proper drug therapy. Chapter 1 should be consulted for a more thorough discussion of how dental concerns are presented.

Appendices include a definition and listing of drugs controlled either by the United States Controlled Substances Act of the Canadian Controlled Substances Law (Appendix 1); information on the elements and interpretation of a prescription (Appendix 2); definitions of FDA pregnancy categories (Appendix 3); drugs causing dry mouth by class (Appendix 4); classes of drugs altering sense of taste (Appendix 5); common drug-drug and drug-food interactions of concern to dental health (Appendix 6); list of antibiotics used to treat periodontal disease (Appendix 7); prophylactic regimens for bacterial endocarditis for dental procedures (Appendix 8); example calculations—drug administered per dental cartridge (Appendix 9); typical local anesthetic and vasoconstrictor concentrations (Appendix 10). The index is extensively cross-referenced and facilitates locating drugs by pairing generic and trade names.

The information provided and the format used for Delmar's Dental Drug Reference makes the book an easy-to-use and valuable text and reference for the latest information on drugs and the proper monitoring of drug therapy by the practitioner.

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