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    Item # LES12
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    Application and Removal of Dental Dams, 2nd Edition

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0754  

    Release Date: July 31, 2013

    Review Date: July 1, 2016

    Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

    The purpose of the dental dam is to isolate the tooth or teeth undergoing restoration, improving the safety of the procedure and the quality of the restoration for the patient. This basic-level course is designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants interested in becoming more knowledgeable and proficient in the use and application of dental dams. 

    The course outlines the benefits of using dental dams in clinical practice and provides an overview of the types of dental dams currently available in terms of size, color, and thickness. The course outlines the armamentarium used in conjunction with dental dams, including frames, lubricants, punches, and the dental dam forceps and clamps. The steps for stabilizing the dam with clamp ligatures and cord application inversion, and removing the dental dam, placing and removing a quickdam or slit dam, and ligating the dam septum around a bridge are also addressed. 


    AGD Subject Code: 250

    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

    Simplifying Endodontics for Greater Predictability and Ease of Treatment

    Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
    Item # L0784  

    Release Date: September 21, 2016

    Expiration Date: September 20, 2019

    Advances in the endodontic arena have elevated the quality of endodontic treatment that can be provided and have improved the long-term prognosis for the teeth treated. Rotary instrumentation, when introduced in the 1990s, enabled the standardization of canal preparations. Newly developed reciprocating files have improved upon traditional rotary files with respect to increased cyclic fatigue resistance and reduction in fracture. More recently, adhesive dentistry has moved into the endodontic realm with obturation materials that resist leakage. Bioceramic materials show promise in improving root canal sealing and reducing bacterial microleakage. Primary root canal therapy can expect a success rate of between 75.6% and 92.5%, depending on the preoperative status of the pulp. The desire for 100% successful endodontics has led to the development of new materials and methods. Each product is designed to help reduce treatment complications and improve outcomes.

    This basic-level course discusses the importance of proper isolation and appropriate pre-access buildups. Proper access for endodontic treatment is also explained. The course describes effective strategies for cleaning and shaping the root canal system, followed by an outlining of the principles of obturation. The importance of the coronal restoration and access sealing for successful endodontic treatment is explained. Finally, the course brings all of these elements together in a case scenario, which, though it cannot cover all contingencies, can help the general dentist, as well as dental hygienists and dental assistants, to understand the basics of root canal therapy and the strategies involved in improving endodontic outcomes.  

    AGD Subject Code: 070
    Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

    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.

    Managing the Adult Dental Phobic Patient, 2nd Edition

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0737  

    Release Date:  July 31, 2013

    Review Date: May 16, 2016

    Expiration Date: May 15, 2019

    Dental phobia may be a universal barrier to seeking oral health care. Dental phobics are not comfortable seeking regular dental care, even when dental problems arise. The dental team needs to be aware of the concerns of this population in order to reduce fear and anxiety and provide needed oral health care.

    This basic-level course distinguishes between the definitions of fear, anxiety, and phobia. It identifies the most common reactions that accompany phobias and common reasons for avoidance of dental treatment. The course describes the behavioral treatment options for anxious dental patients and techniques for reducing general anxiety in dental patients. This course will provide dental professionals with basic knowledge and information on dental fear and avoidance that will enable them to diagnose and manage patients who experience dental-related anxiety, fear, and phobia. This knowledge will help dental professionals prepare for these patients and their unique needs and help these patients feel more comfortable seeking their care in the future.

    AGD Subject Code: 153; California Course #03-4640-16-737

    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

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