Disciplines: Dental Assistants
Hours: 25 Contact Hours
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Managing Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office and Infection Control, Cross Contamination, and Instrument Sterilization Techniques fulfill your Minnesota state dental core subjects.
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Dental Radiation Health: Safety and Protection in the Digital Age

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0231  

Release Date: March 31, 2014 
Expiration Date: March 30, 2017 

Radiation safety remains a top concern for the general public, and the dental professional needs to stay up to date on the latest research and current thinking on radiation safety and protection. This basic-level course reviews the biologic effects of radiation, the methods used in radiation measurement, and the potential sources of radiation exposure. This course discusses radiation safety and protection measures for both patients and dental healthcare workers. Perhaps most important, this course prepares all dental professionals – including dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants – to accurately respond to patient questions and concerns about radiation safety in dentistry. 

AGD Subject Code: 165 Digital Radiology

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Managing Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0339  

Original Release Date: April 27, 2011
Review Date: April 24, 2014
Expiration Date: April 24, 2017

As healthcare providers dental professionals must be prepared to recognize and properly manage patients who are experiencing medical emergencies in the dental office. This course identifies the general requirements and techniques for management of medical emergencies in the dental office. It describes the signs symptoms and management of common emergencies such as local anesthetic emergencies seizures respiratory distress including acute asthma and choking hypoglycemia cardiovascular problems in association with local anesthetics orthostatic hypotension drug allergy chest pain and other cardiopulmonary emergencies including cardiac arrest and the use of defibrillation. This course draws on the new 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR. 

AGD Subject Code: 142

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Fulfills the medical emergencies requirement in the following states: FL (DDS with anesthesia permit), MN (DDS, RDH, RDA), and OR (DDS & RDH).

Geriatric Dentistry: Providing Care for an Aging Population

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0254  

Release Date: April 28, 2014
Expiration Date: April 27, 2017

The number of adults age 65 and older in the U.S. is expected to swell to 72 million by 2030. The aging population will bring both opportunities and challenges to the practice of dentistry. Dentists need to be trained in meeting the oral health needs of older adults to help reduce their burden of chronic disease.

This basic-level course provides dental professionals with basic knowledge and information in gerontology and geriatric dentistry that will enhance their ability to diagnose and manage older patients, distinguish between normal aging-related changes in the tissues of the oral cavity and those resulting from pathological changes, implement appropriate strategies for dealing with patients with cognitive impairments who exhibit care resistance, and make clinical modifications in their dental practices to accommodate the biological changes in their patients that occur as a part of normal aging.

AGD Subject Code: 752

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Mini Dental Implants: Indications, Planning & Placement

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0269  

Original Release Date: March 14, 2012 

Review Date: March 12, 2015 
Expiration Date: March 11, 2018

Once considered only for transitional implants, mini dental implants have a success rate that rivals those of traditional implants when accepted placement protocols are followed in patients with adequate bone. This course identifies the indications for mini dental implant denture treatment, describes successful case selection/planning strategies, and discusses the mini dental implant placement protocol for stabilization of a lower denture. The course also explains what is unique and different with maxillary mini dental implant denture cases.

AGD Subject Code: 690

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Dental Patients: Scope, Prevention, and Management Considerations - 2 Hour

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0340  

Release Date: March 21, 2014 
Expiration Date: March 20, 2017 

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

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, the 3-hour course of the same title.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Working with Fearful and Anxious Dental Patients

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0283  

Original Release Date: May 9, 2011 
Review Date: May 7, 2014 
Expiration Date: May 6, 2017 

This course describes several behavioral techniques effective in guiding fearful dental patients into accepting dental treatment. These nonpharmacological techniques may be used with unduly anxious patients, individuals with specific or general fears of a dental environment and dental phobics. The course addresses the needs of fearful pediatric patients, persons with disabilities including medical or mental disorders and the frail and elderly and discusses appropriate behavioral guidance for these individuals. 

AGD Subject Code: 153

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Infection Control, Cross Contamination, and Instrument Sterilization Techniques

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0263  

Original Release Date: February 17, 2011
Review Date: February 15, 2014
Expiration Date: February 14, 2017

This course is a refresher for dental 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.

Lasers in Dentistry: From Fundamentals to Clinical Procedures, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0499  

Original Release Date: January 13, 2012
Review Date: January 12, 2015
Expiration Date: January 11, 2018

This course provides all members of the dental team with an overview of the basic operation of a dental laser. How laser energy interacts with oral tissues is discussed and different laser instruments currently available in the field of dentistry are described. The course outlines safety regulations for laser use and provides a comparison of the benefits and drawbacks for the practitioner of using lasers. Several clinical procedures are described with photo documentation to further enhance the learning process.

AGD Subject Code: 260

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.

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 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.

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