Implications of drug dependence on dental patient management

Eric Y.K. Fung, Peter J. Giannini

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Drug abuse and dependence/addiction are complex health issues. A broad understanding of these problems is important in terms of dental patient management. Dental professionals should be knowledgeable in recognizing the symptoms of drug abuse and signs of drug-seeking behavior, while ensuring that patients still receive the best possible dental treatment. This article reviews several important characteristics of drug abuse and dependence and provides recommendations for patient management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-241
Number of pages6
JournalGeneral dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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