Disciplines: Dentists
Hours: 25 Contact Hours
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Item # LDRCA
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Infection Control Standards for California Dental Healthcare Workers, 3rd Edition and California Dental Practice Act, 4th Edition fulfill your state requirements.

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Three Drug Classes Every Dental Professional Should Know: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Anesthetics

Price: $39.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # L0726  

Release Date: March 16, 2016

Expiration Date: March 15, 2019

Oral healthcare professionals (OHCPs) are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of medications for their patients. This course is designed to help them become better-informed prescribers of the top three drug classes employed in dentistry: antibiotics, analgesics, and local anesthetics. Patient safety is the number one concern. Every OHCP should have a strong baseline knowledge of the pharmacology of each of these drug classes and the latest recommendations on appropriate prescribing practices in order to avoid drug-drug interactions. As a prescriber, every dentist takes a professional oath to “do no harm,” and nowhere is this mandate more relevant than in today’s busy dental practice that serves patients with complex medical histories involving multiple chronic diseases and polypharmacy.

Despite significant growth in prescription drug use over the past 20 years, a 2013 study of pharmacology education in North American dental schools found substantial variation among pharmacology course offerings and no increase in the number of hours of pharmacology training over the past three decades. This leaves dental professionals ever more reliant on continuing education to supplement and expand their pharmacology knowledge. The patients who are presenting to dental offices for treatment today are often medically complex and their treatment may require the use of antibiotics, analgesics, and local anesthetics. Oral healthcare professionals need to be knowledgeable about these drug classes in order to better serve their patients.

This intermediate-level course is specifically designed for all members of the dental healthcare team: dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. Since the goal of providing medication in dentistry is to ensure selection of the right drug at the right time and at the right dose for the right patient and the right procedure, the information presented in this course should be considered essential knowledge for all OHCPs, both seasoned and newly credentialed.

AGD Subject Code: 344
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.
 
This course is a combined version of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, L0713, L0714, and L0725.

Dental Ethics and the Digital Age - 3-Hour

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0724  

Release Date: January 15, 2016

Expiration Date: January 14, 2019

The Hippocratic Oath provides medical practitioners with a framework for the ethical practice of medicine by professing a set of obligations to which physicians are bound. As is evident from the language of the oath, Hippocrates believed that the practice of medicine was both an art and a privilege and that patients had rights of their own.

Dentistry has adopted many of the ideals of the Hippocratic Oath into its current professional codes of ethics as well as the oaths that dental and hygiene students take upon graduation from dental school. The American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Codes of Professional Conduct (ADA Code) and the Code of Ethics of the American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA) are living documents and are revised periodically to address new ethical issues that arise within the profession. The practice of dentistry is multifaceted. Not only must dental professionals have the technical skills to treat patients appropriately and safely, they must also practice within a professional ethical framework that is sometimes more challenging than the dental procedures themselves.

This basic-level course helps dental professionals gain a better understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges to the profession, with particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. Dental ethics have deep roots in history and this course takes an in-depth look at the events that forged the basis of modern day ethics and professionalism in dentistry. Our electronic world is expanding exponentially and advancing technology provides both opportunities and challenges. Dental professionals may be eager to incorporate the latest technologies into their practices and into their private lives, but must consider the ethical implications of doing so. This course explores some of the issues in this new frontier, for example, the rise of cyberbullying and the dentist’s obligation in these cases. Using a systematic, case-based approach, this course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the tools to recognize and navigate through the complex ethical issues that may arise in today’s practice.

AGD Subject Code: 555

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Fulfills Ethics requirement in the following states: Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

Contemporary Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0715  

Original Release Date: November 2, 2012 

Review Date: October 22, 2015
Expiration Date: October 21, 2018


Traumatic dental injuries (TDI) are commonly encountered in dental practice. In fact, 25% of school-aged children and 33% of adults have experienced TDI to their permanent dentition. These injuries can result in pain, psychological problems, and significant economic implications. 

The entire dental staff should understand basic concepts regarding TDI management in order to triage, treat, and provide appropriate follow-up care for these injuries. Providing a structured presentation of the patient’s clinical appearance and identifying issues that require immediate treatment can not only help the dentist but also significantly improve the treatment outcomes.  In order to properly treat patients who have experienced TDI, it is imperative that the dentist be compassionate, be able to control pain, help heal wounds rather than fix teeth, and be available to these patients by being on call during non-office hours. Approaching an emergent situation confidently can help the patient and/or parent feel at ease and thus allow for optimal treatment. 

The treating dentist must be willing to be a member of a team, which may include specialists such as endodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists, orthodontists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons. These specialists are often needed for consultation regarding treatment of the acute injury and may also be needed to provide specific services and/or comprehensive long-term care.  

Topics presented in this course include the epidemiology, prevention, general treatment considerations, and protocols for management of the full array of TDI. The sequelae of injuries to primary and permanent teeth are also addressed. This basic-level course is appropriate for dentists and for dental auxiliaries with some prior exposure to TDI.

AGD Subject Code: 314

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.


Aesthetic Indirect Inlays and Onlays, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0711  

Original Release Date: August 1, 2012

Revised Date: July 31, 2015
Expiration Date: July 30, 2018

This basic-level course begins by describing the evolution of aesthetic direct posterior restorative materials and their limitations, then goes on to identify the characteristics, indications, and limitations of aesthetic indirect inlays and onlays. The material options for aesthetic indirect inlays and onlays, the importance of case selection in treatment planning, and the significance of chairside CAD/CAM technology in the field of restorative dentistry are discussed. Through the use of clinical case reports, dental professionals learn the steps needed to properly execute aesthetic indirect inlays and onlays, thereby expanding their clinical armamentarium.

AGD Subject Code: 250

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Infection Control Standards for California Dental Health Care Workers, 3rd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0729  

Release Date: May 30, 2014

Review Date: April 18, 2016

Expiration Date: April 17, 2019

This course is designed to familiarize dental healthcare personnel with the rules and regulations applicable to infection control in dental offices in the State of California, including the Cal/OSHA regulations (Cal. Code Regs., Title 8, Sections 340-344.90) and the Dental Board of California’s Minimum Standards for Infection Control (Cal. Code Regs., Title 16, Section 1005). This basic-level course addresses terminology used, reasons for infection control, minimum required standards, procedures for assuring adequate disinfection, and methods for verifying that adequate disinfection has occurred. State regulations are reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect the current state of knowledge and to assure optimum levels of safety for both healthcare personnel and patients. A thorough working knowledge of these regulations provides both safety and assurance that the dental office is in compliance with the most current state mandates.

AGD Subject Code: 148
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
 
This course fulfills your California state infection control dental requirements.

California Dental Practice Act, 4th Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0728  

Release Date: May 30, 2014

Review Date: April 18, 2016

Expiration Date: April 17, 2019

The profession of dentistry in California is regulated by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Dental Board of California, and the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. The Dental Practice Act is the set of regulations that governs dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. The Dental Board of California, the Dental Hygiene Committee of California, and the California Department of Consumer Affairs have the power to amend or revoke these laws as needed, subject to approval by the California Legislature. This course provides an overview of these governmental entities and outlines the content of the Dental Practice Act, its attending regulations, and other statutes relating to dental practice.

This basic-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the latest revisions to the California Dental Practice Act. The course identifies the governmental agencies, laws, and regulations that govern dental practice in California, define the scope of practice and licensing requirements of dental professionals, and impose citations, fines, revocations, and suspensions for their violation. The course outlines the prescription privileges of dental professionals and specifies their obligations as mandatory reporters of abuse. Regulations affecting dental advertising and common malpractice claims are also identified.

AGD Subject Code: 563
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
 
This course fulfills your California state dental practice act dental requirements.

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Clinical Guidelines and Management, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0709  

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Revised Date: June 26, 2015
Expiration Date: June 25, 2018

A variety of physiologic, anatomic, and hormonal changes accompany pregnancy and affect how oral health care is provided. In addition to changes in the oral cavity and altered susceptibility to periodontal disease and other oral conditions, there are changes in the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. There is considerable evidence that some oral conditions may have adverse health consequences. Some studies have demonstrated a link between periodontitis and preterm birth and low-birth weight. In addition, there is considerable evidence that high levels of cariogenic bacteria in mothers are associated with increased dental caries during early childhood.

Unfortunately, dentists, physicians, and patients often misunderstand and avoid oral health care issues during and after pregnancy. This situation exists despite the fact that routine dental procedures are safe in most pregnant patients. To enhance the provision of oral health care in pregnant patients, evidence-based practice guidelines have been developed. This basic-level course addresses current concepts regarding oral health in pregnant women, the impact of their oral health on pregnancy outcomes and early childhood health, and discusses strategies to optimize oral health during pregnancy.


AGD Subject Code: 750

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Osteoporosis: Implications for the Oral Healthcare Provider, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0708  

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Revised Date: June 26, 2015
Expiration Date: June 25, 2018

Both periodontal disease and osteoporosis are serious public-health concerns in the United States. There is evidence that osteoporosis, and the characteristic loss of bone mass, is associated with periodontal disease and tooth loss. To optimize the oral health care of patients with osteoporosis and at risk for the condition, dentists and other members of the dental team should be aware of the clinical (and possibly pathophysiologic) link between these increasingly common conditions. 

This intermediate-level course addresses current concepts regarding links between oral health and osteoporosis, discusses the impact on oral health of pharmacotherapies used in the treatment of osteoporosis, and outlines steps to mitigate the impact on oral health of common drug treatments used to treat osteoporosis. Oral healthcare providers must recognize the oral health implications of common therapeutic options for osteoporosis, especially use of bisphosphonates and antiresorptive medications. In particular, patient exposure to bisphosphonate and antiresorptive drugs has led to increasing reports of osteonecrosis of the jaw. This serious and debilitating condition requires dental practitioners to be alert for signs and symptoms of this syndrome and to take steps to mitigate risk factors. Although the pharmacotherapy used to treat osteoporosis causes concerns for oral health providers, these drugs provide very significant healthcare advantages for the patients, and overall the reduction in osteoporotic fractures alone causes significant savings for the healthcare system. Therefore, care must be taken not to overestimate the oral health ramifications and concerns with these drugs.  


AGD Subject Code: 730

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Oral Health Issues for the Female Patient, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0707  

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Revised Date: June 26, 2015
Expiration Date: June 25, 2018

Oral health encompasses the craniofacial complex and includes the teeth, periodontium, mucosa, gingiva, oral pharynx, temporomandibular joints, and muscles used for mastication. While men and women face many common oral health issues, it is no longer acceptable to consider oral health to be gender neutral. Indeed, women differ from men in their oral health needs and concerns. This basic-level course explores the variables affecting women’s oral health and discusses the issues and concerns that dental professionals face in providing care to females across their lifespan.


AGD Subject Code: 750

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Dental Implants: Complications and Peri-Implant Diseases, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0706  

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Revised Date: June 26, 2015
Expiration Date: June 25, 2018

Dental implants are an established treatment modality in dentistry with a high rate of success and few complications. However, untoward events do occur despite careful treatment planning and meticulous execution of clinical procedures. Surgical complications that can occur include infection, bleeding, wound dehiscence, primary instability of the implant, neurosensory changes, and tissue emphysema. Once the implant is osseointegrated, other complications may arise, including inflammatory peri-implant lesions. Such situations may be limited to inflammation of the peri-implant mucosa or more significantly involve the supporting bone. All these conditions increase the risk of poor outcomes, including implant loss. This intermediate-level course addresses complications associated with dental implants and reviews selective options for their management.


AGD Subject Code: 690

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

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