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Key aspects of pharmacology that dental students must be well-versed in

Pharmacology plays a crucial role in dental care, and students pursuing dentistry must give special attention to pharmacological studies. The quality of care a dentist provides is directly influenced by their understanding of pharmacology. Here, we highlight key pharmacological aspects that every aspiring dentist should master before entering the field.

  1. Anaesthesia

Dentists often use anaesthesia for complex dental treatments and surgeries. Therefore, it’s vital for them to understand the various local anaesthetics, their mechanisms, and administration methods. Correctly dosing anaesthesia is critical; an excessive amount can cause adverse reactions or complications, while insufficient dosage may not adequately numb the area, causing excessive pain for the patient during the procedure.

  1. Pain Management

Many patients experience pain during dental visits. Thus, dentists must be knowledgeable about different pain management methods, including opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Understanding the correct use of these medications and being aware of their potential side effects is essential. A dentist can only prescribe pain management drugs effectively when equipped with this knowledge.

  1. Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Agents

Treating oral infections often involves antibiotics. Dentistry students must learn how and when to prescribe these antibiotics to maximise their effectiveness. Selecting an effective antibiotic requires specific knowledge about various dental pathogens. Additionally, dentists should optimise the duration of antibiotic courses to prevent antibiotic resistance. These decisions are all grounded in pharmacological knowledge.

  1. Managing Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are a critical aspect of dental care. In such situations, a dentist may need to administer life-saving medications. Pharmacology studies prepare dentistry students for these scenarios, enabling them to know precisely when and how to administer these drugs.

  1. Medical Histories and Medication Interactions

Pharmacology also equips dental students with skills to interpret a patient’s medical history and anticipate potential drug interactions. Effective treatment relies on proper patient communication and a thorough understanding of how each medication functions. This knowledge is key to maximising the effectiveness of dental treatments.

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Explore our MDS (Master of dental surgery) course. It is designed to provide in-depth training and hands-on experience in various dental specialties, preparing students for successful careers in dental practice and research.We offer the opportunity to pursue specialisation in one of six areas, namely, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Conservative & Endodontics, Periodontology and Prosthodontics and Crown Bridge.

We also offer a BDS Course (Bachelor of dental surgery) course, where students get hands-on clinical training, as well as classroom learning on a diverse range of topics related to dentistry. The undergraduate students also get specialised training in our Department of Pharmacology. Some of the other departments include- Department of Anatomy, Department of Physiology & Biochemistry, and Department of General Surgery. To know more about our courses, contact us

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