Medications in a Nutshell

Continuing Education for Dental Professionals in Greater Palm Beach County

Chairman: Paul E. Klein, D.D.S., M.Ed., FAGD, FACD

Dr. Paul Klein received his Bachelors of Science in 1969 from the University of Florida, his Masters in Education in 1971 from the University of Miami and his D.D.S. from Meharry Medical College in 1975.  Dr. Klein practiced general dentistry in Boynton Beach for over 45 years and retired in 2020. He is a member and a Fellow of both the Academy of General Dentistry and American College of Dentists.  He has served four times as President of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. In the past, Dr. Klein has chaired a section on Cosmetic and Adhesive Dentistry at the Research Clinic for over 35 years and chaired a section on Dental Pharmacology for 7 years. Dr. Klein is an Adjunct Professor teaching Dental Pharmacology at Palm Beach State College in the Department of Dental Hygiene for the past 16 years and is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office at Palm Beach State College in the Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting for the past 9 years.


Dr. Klein is returning after 4 years to give a 2-lecture series this year on Pharmacology for Dental Practices.

We live in a area where so many of our patients take multiple medications every day, both physician prescribed and OTC. As dental professionals we need to know about them. In this 2-lecture series, we will be discussing why our patients might be taking a particular medication, potential drug interactions with dental medications and oral manifestations associated with those medications. There will be special attention given to the most frequently prescribed medications that our patients are taking. We will also cover OTC drugs we can use to manage our patient’s oral hard and soft tissue diseases, current recommendations for sub-acute bacterial endocarditis and orthopedic prosthesis prophylaxis and the best way to  treat dental pain without  using opioids.