08/04/24 – 3pm-6pm PT / 5-8pm CT / 6-9pm ET Hey, Spit Happens! Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) and Its Dental Considerations

08/04/24 – 3pm-6pm PT / 5-8pm CT / 6-9pm ET Hey, Spit Happens! Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) and Its Dental Considerations


Instructor: Tom Viola, R.Ph., CCP

Well over 700 prescription and non-prescription medications have xerostomic side effects, which are compounded when these medications are used concomitantly, as is often the case for our medically complex patients. In addition, little attention is given to those systemic diseases that contribute to the development of xerostomia and/or the exacerbation of its complications. This program will provide an overview of xerostomia, medications used in its management, and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies and techniques essential for successful treatment, planning, and proper care of patients with xerostomia.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe xerostomia and explain its various etiologies
  2. Describe the oral and non-oral complications associated with xerostomia
  3. Identify the systemic diseases which may contribute to the development of xerostomia
  4. Identify the prescription and non-prescription medications that have xerostomic side effects
  5. Describe the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management of xerostomia
  6. Explain the impact of xerostomia, and the medications used in its treatment, on dental therapy
I loved that you gave us perspective on how the patients in our care/chair feel going through life on the daily with some hard conditions/side effects of xerostomia. Appreciate all the helpful info and ways we can be a much greater service to them every day! Wonderful job.
– Cristine V., RDH, Arizona

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships:
Instructor: Tom Viola - No relevant financial relationship to report Education
Advisory Committee (EAC): Members of the EAC have no relevant financial relationships to report
ACES ownership and staff: No relevant financial relationship to report

Advanced Continuing Education Systems is an ADA CERP Recognized provider for dental continuing education. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Advanced Continuing Education Systems designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Advanced Continuing Education Systems (Provider RP4393) has been approved by the Dental Board of California as a provider of dental continuing education.