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Release Date: October 1, 2013
Review Date: June 7, 2016
Expiration Date: June 6, 2019
Abuse of prescription drugs has increased so dramatically in the United States that it has been labeled a national epidemic. For dental patients, pain is often an unavoidable sequela to invasive dental procedures and untreated or long-standing oral disease. Balancing the desire to alleviate pain against the suspicion that the patient may be a drug seeker is just one of the issues that confront dental providers. The patient’s past medical, dental, and social history; current history; chief complaint; and history of prescription drug use all contribute to the impression received by the dental provider. How the dental provider manages this information is critical to the result of the visit and subsequent outcome for the patient.
The purpose of this basic-level course is to provide dental providers with an appreciation of the scope of the problem of prescription drug abuse and a realization that the misuse and abuse of these drugs likely take place among the patient populations they serve. By becoming familiar with the pharmacology of the most commonly abused drugs, the risk factors for developing addictive behaviors, and the manner in which these medications are commonly acquired, dental providers will be positioned to curb prescribing practices that contribute to this growing problem and will be better able to serve their patients and their communities as informed prevention advocates. The information provided in this course is applicable to all dental team members, regardless of their practice setting or scope of practice. The information is of interest to dental team members in private practice, academic institutions, military service positions, hospitals, and community health centers.
AGD Subject Code: 157
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, L0852 - Prescription Drug Abuse Among Dental Patients: Scope, Prevention, and Management Considerations, Updated 1st Edition (2 contact hours).
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||2 Contact Hours|
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Review Date: September 19, 2016
Expiration Date: September 18, 2019
Dental erosion is a progressive loss of dental hard tissue caused by chemical processes without involvement of bacteria. This enamel dissolution is an irreversible process not directly associated with mechanical or traumatic factors, which distinguishes it from other types of wear, such as attrition (loss of tooth structure due to clenching or grinding), abrasion (mechanical loss of tooth structure caused by a foreign element), or abfraction (loss of tooth structure at the gumline due to occlusal forces). The clinical features of dental erosion appear as well-defined, wedge-shaped areas facially and cervically. The occurrence of enamel erosion lesions is associated primarily with intrinsic and extrinsic acids.
The rise in consumption of soft drinks, including sports drinks, has been linked to increases in the rates of dental erosion. The additives to these drinks, not the beverage pH per se, appear to be the causative factors contributing to enamel dissolution. Furthermore, fruit-flavored drinks and unsweetened juices appear to have the same erosive potential as carbonated drinks.
This basic-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with guidelines for recognizing and diagnosing dental erosion and offers suggestions for preventive interventions, including record-keeping, nutritional counseling, fluoride use, and home-care procedures. The course also discusses recommended restorative treatment options.
AGD Subject Code: 741
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||2 Contact Hours|
Release Date: August 22, 2013
Review Date: June 30, 2016
Expiration Date: June 29, 2019
This course describes the difference between ethics and jurisprudence and discusses the ethical principles outlined by the ADA and the Indiana State Board of Dentistry. OSHA regulations for dental offices and the CDC recommendations for infection control in dentistry are discussed, including the most frequent OSHA violations committed within the dental setting. The latest changes in the Indiana Dental Practice Act are included in this updated state-required course.
This course meets the two-hour ethics professional responsibility and Indiana Statutes and Administrative Rules continuing education requirement for license renewal purposes for dentists and dental hygienists.