Disciplines: Dental Assisting
Hours: 6 Contact Hours
Item#: LATMA

 

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Dental Radiography: Understanding Radiation Exposure and Safety, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0788  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: October 11, 2016

Expiration Date: October 10, 2019

 

It is important for a clinician to take dental radiographs based on patient need, and not simply based on routine. Clinicians who take radiographs based on need are providing total quality of care to their dental patients. The decision to order radiographs should be based on several factors, including the patient’s age, dental health, and diet.

This basic-level course outlines the risks and effects of radiation, as well as procedures to reduce radiation exposure to the dental patient. The course provides current research to aid dental practitioners in properly educating their patients about the level of radiation received through dental radiographs. Traditional radiographic film is discussed, along with position-indicating devices, types of cones, and the parallel and bisecting angulation techniques. The advantages and disadvantages of direct and indirect digital radiography are presented. The course outlines current radiation procedures and guidelines that the entire dental team can discuss and review to determine where improvements may be made to the radiation safety procedures currently in use in their dental practice.

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 165
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the sources and forms of radiation – including ionizing radiation – and radiation safety, risks, effects, and exposure reduction.
  • Identify ways to reduce dental radiation dose to the patient.
  • Describe the equipment used for dental radiography, including film, position-indicating devices (film holders), and types of cones.
  • Describe techniques for angulation including the paralleling and bisecting techniques.
  • Describe the types, advantages, and disadvantages of digital radiography.
  • Outline the proper guidelines when preparing a patient for dental radiography.
Author Bio(s)

 

Sharon Crowe, RDH, BSDH, MS, graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene, and completed a master of science degree at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Ms. Crowe was a practicing dental hygienist for more than 25 years. For more than a decade, she worked developing curriculum and teaching in the dental hygienist program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin, before accepting a teaching and curriculum development position at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She also works as an administrator for a family health center in Rhinelander. Ms. Crowe has published several continuing education courses in the dental field.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA, is an associate professor of restorative dentistry at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, Edwardsville. She maintains an active nursing license and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and immediate past president of the American Society for Dental Ethics. Dr. Roucka obtained her DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and master’s degree in population health – bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Roucka is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of ethics in dentistry and has taught restorative dentistry at both Marquette University and the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. As a volunteer, she has provided dental care to underserved populations in Guatemala, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Tanzania.

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Dental Patients: Scope, Prevention, and Management Considerations, Updated 1st Edition - 2 Hours

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0852  

Review Date: January 13, 2017

Expiration Date: January 12, 2020

Original Release Date: March 21, 2014

This basic-level course provides dental providers with an appreciation of the increasing scope of prescription drug abuse in the United States and a recognition that this problem, which crosses boundaries of gender, age, race, and socioeconomic status, is likely to exist within the patient populations they serve.

Dental providers frequently prescribe medications for their patients, especially for the control of pain. Although prescription drugs carry an aura of acceptability because they are legal and prescribed by professionals, the potential repercussions from using these drugs for reasons other than their intended purpose often go unrecognized by the user and unaddressed by the prescriber.

By becoming familiar with the basic 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 able to curb prescribing practices that contribute to this growing problem and better serve their patients and their communities as informed prevention advocates.

AGD Subject Code: 157

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Maryland DDS and RDH - Fulfills the prescribing & disposal of prescription drugs requirement in Maryland.

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with L0743 - Prescription Drug Abuse Among Dental Patients: Scope, Prevention, and Management Considerations, Updated 1st Edition (3 contact hours).

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the history and scope of prescription drug abuse and the role of the dental professional.
  • Define the terminology used in discussing prescription drug abuse.
  • Identify the prescription drugs that are most commonly abused and the extent and impact of their non-medical use.
  • Describe the populations most at risk for abusing prescription drugs and their access to these drugs.
  • Discuss the tactics and resources available to manage and prevent prescription drug abuse in the dental practice.
Author Bio(s)

 

Marnie Oakley, DMD, is the associate dean of clinical affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, from which she received her DMD in 1992. Dr. Oakley served in both active duty and reserve roles as a dental officer in the United States Navy. As an experienced educator, she has taught numerous courses related to clinical dentistry, including Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Clinical Restorative Dentistry, and the Clinical Responsibility course series. In addition to being a published author and presenter on the subject of prescription drug abuse, Dr. Oakley was responsible for the development and implementation of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Comprehensive Care Program. Dr. Oakley also served as Chair of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session Planning Committee for two consecutive years, for which she received a Presidential Citation. She served in officer positions in several ADEA committees and groups. Dr. Oakley maintains membership in numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA), Western Pennsylvania Dental Association (WPDA), Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Jean O’Donnell, DMD, MSN, is the associate dean for for academic affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, from which she received her DMD in 1990. Within the same institution, she is an associate professor in the department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care. Dr. O’Donnell holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute and currently serves as one of the university’s liaisons to the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education. She is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Prescription drug abuse and tobacco cessation are among Dr. O’Donnell’s special interests.

Michael A. Zemaitis, PhD, holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a PhD in pharmacology. He is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and he teaches in the professional and graduate programs in the School of Pharmacy and the School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Zemaitis’s current area of research interest is biochemical pharmacology, with a special interest in drug and metabolite analysis in biological fluids. He actively supports several pharmacy-related policy issues, including “Project Life Line,” a program to have community pharmacies provide the narcotic antidote naloxone to high-risk opiate users to prevent overdose deaths.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Wayne McElhiney, DPh, DDS, is a 1966 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and a 1974 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He maintained a private practice for 25 years and is currently director of the Wellness Committee of the Tennessee Dental Association. Dr. McElhiney is a member of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, and he serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. In 2012-2013, he served as a consultant for the American Dental Association Counsel on Dental Practice. He serves as a consultant for the Drug Formulating and Pain Regimen for Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. McElhiney is a noted lecturer and published author and is currently involved in teaching the disease concept of addiction at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, the University of Tennessee College of Dental Hygiene, and the Tennessee State University College of Dental Hygiene.

Infection Control, Cross Contamination, and Instrument Sterilization Techniques, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0926  

Review Date: August 27, 2018

Expiration Date: August 27, 2021

Original Release Date: December 29, 2016

Infection control is vital to the safe, effective treatment of patients in the dental office. This basic-level course is a refresher for dental healthcare professionals on infection control, cross contamination, and instrument sterilization techniques. Areas addressed include infection control guidelines; understanding standard versus universal precautions; sterilization and disinfection of patient care items; goals for ensuring disease containment through proper instrument recirculation techniques; handling of contaminated instruments from the treatment room through precleaning, cleaning, and preparation for sterilization; the most commonly used (and accepted) methods of dental instrument sterilization; environmental infection control; dental unit waterlines, biofilm, and water quality; and other infection control considerations.

 

AGD Subject Code: 148

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe universal and standard precautions and protective equipment in the dental office.
  • Recognize the factors governing treatment of patient care items.
  • Describe infection control procedures and the steps necessary prior to sterilizing dental instruments.
  • Discuss the sterilization processes most commonly used for dental instruments.
Author Bio(s)

John F. Kross, MSc, DMD, received his doctorate in dental medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. Dr. Kross completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Center of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). Dr. Kross’ professional training and experience include practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and in New London, Pennsylvania, as well as instructing students at Delaware Technical Community College in oral pathology. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. Dr. Kross has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education courses since 1991.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Eve Cuny, MS, is the director of environmental health and safety and the assistant dean for global relations, as well as an associate professor, at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Ms. Cuny was a content review expert for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings – 2003 and is a former member of the infection control regulation review committee for the Dental Board of California. Ms. Cuny is also a member of the board of directors of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention. Ms. Cuny has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters and presented more than 300 continuing dental education courses on infection control and patient safety. Ms. Cuny received her master’s degree in health service administration from St. Mary’s College of California.

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