Disciplines: Dentists
Hours: 15 Contact Hours
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Oral Soft Tissue Lesions: Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0771  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: August 4, 2016

Expiration Date: August 3, 2019

The oral cavity is an ideal place for microorganisms to grow. Many distinct bacterial groups live in the oral cavity, and some of these bacteria are considered to be part of the normal oral flora. Unfortunately, some of these common bacterial species can also be the cause of opportunistic infections (infections by species that are avirulent in healthy individuals but that can be fatal in patients with compromised immunity. It is important to be aware of the causes of common lesions found in the oral cavity so they can be properly diagnosed and treated.

This basic-level course reviews the soft tissue lesions found in the oral cavity of adults and discusses their diagnosis and treatment. Common problems include inflammatory and infectious processes, degenerative processes, and abnormal growths.

AGD Subject Code: 739
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Comprehensive Review for Dental Professionals

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0776  

Release Date: August 26, 2016

Expiration Date: August 25, 2019

Sleep-disordered breathing is a common disorder, causing a range of harmful clinical, social, and economic sequelae. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder. The prevalence of OSA is increasing rapidly. Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are well positioned to recognize this disorder, refer patients for appropriate testing, and successfully treat patients with oral appliances. Dental professionals trained in treating sleep-disordered breathing are a vital part of a multidisciplinary team on the forefront of dealing with this serious public health issue.

This course reviews OSA from a dental perspective. It addresses current findings on the links between overall health and OSA and cites common presenting symptoms likely to be encountered in the dental practice. This intermediate-level course discusses the latest evidence-based diagnostic approaches for OSA and outlines recommended treatment strategies, including oral appliances and surgical intervention, to mitigate the health impact of this common condition. 

 

AGD Subject Code: 160
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Family Violence: Implications for Dental Patients and Practice, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0712  

Release Date: September 5, 2012

Revised Date: August 26, 2015
Expiration Date: August 25, 2018

Individuals of all age groups can be affected by family violence. Family violence includes child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, as well as abuse and neglect of disabled persons, vulnerable adults, and the elderly. Approximately 75% of physical abuse involves injuries to the head, neck, and mouth. Orofacial injuries resulting from family violence are often easy to identify in the dental setting. This basic-level course will enable all members of the dental team to recognize the physical and behavioral signs and symptoms of family violence, differentiate indicators of trauma from normal conditions or accidental injuries, and easily adapt clinical protocols to include identification and intervention for victims of family violence. By applying their knowledge of symptomology and providing appropriate intervention, every member of the dental team can help stem the epidemic of family violence. 

AGD Subject Code: 155 & 156 

Pennsylvania Dental Professionals - This course is not approved to fulfill your child abuse recognition and reporting requirement.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Connecticut – Course #L0719 fulfills your domestic violence requirement.

Florida – Course #L0720 fulfills your domestic violence requirement.

Maryland – Course #L0721 fulfills your abuse & neglect requirement.

New York – Course #L0722 fulfills your child abuse reporting requirement.


Three Drug Classes Every Dentist Should Know: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics - Module I: Antibiotics

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # L0713  

Release Date: September 4, 2015 

Expiration Date: September 3, 2018 

Oral healthcare professionals (OHCPs) are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of antibiotics to either prevent an infection prophylactically or to manage an existing orofacial infection therapeutically. In fact, there are only three major uses of antimicrobial agents in the practice of dentistry: prophylaxis in patients with compromised immune systems caused by certain diseases or medications; prophylaxis in patients at risk for developing infective endocarditis; and treatment of an acute dental infection.  Although OHCPs must stay current with the published guidelines that represent existing standards of care, the evidence in support of these recommendations can be controversial. Regardless of these issues, the appropriate prescribing of antibiotics, while challenging for both dental and medical professionals alike, is vitally important in the overall management of patients.  The practice of overprescribing antibiotics in certain medical and dental situations as well as development of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria could be greatly abated with closer attention to basic prescription-writing principles. 

This intermediate-level course reviews the pharmacology of antimicrobial agents and presents current guidelines and therapeutic choices in order to optimize antibiotic prescribing practices.  It also discusses the differences among antibiotics typically prescribed for orofacial infections.  The course also explains the appropriate selection of antimicrobial therapy for the pregnant and breastfeeding patient as well as patients with significant allergy histories.  Because the goal of antibiotic therapy 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 in this course should be considered essential knowledge for all OHCPs, those just starting their career and those needing a mid-career refresher.

AGD Subject Code: 344

Western Schools designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Three Drug Classes Every Dental Professional Should Know: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Anesthetics (L0726)

This course shares overlapping content with, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Premedication for Dental Procedures (L0778).


Three Drug Classes Every Dentist Should Know: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics - Module II: Analgesics

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # L0714  

Release Date: September 14, 2015

Expiration Date: September 13, 2018

Oral healthcare professionals (OHCPs) are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of analgesics to address orofacial pain. Pain has both physiological and psychological components, and an experience of poorly managed pain related to dentistry can lead patients to avoid or postpone treatment, making these patients more difficult to treat and less likely to comply with prescribed regimens.  Oral medications administered postoperatively that reduce pain improve clinical outcomes, making them an integral part of dental practice.  Analgesic medications in dentistry are indicated for the relief of acute pain, postoperative pain, and chronic pain, and for controlling adjunctive intraoperative pain (pain not associated with the dental procedure).  In addition, these medications can be given preoperatively (preemptively) to mitigate both postoperative pain and postoperative pain medication requirements.  Overprescription practices and inappropriate prescribing in certain medical and dental pain situations has fueled the growing tragedy of prescription drug abuse.  Most states have created prescription drug monitoring programs, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) continue to closely monitor prescribing practices while tightening regulations around the prescribing of pain medications.

This intermediate-level course reviews the pharmacology of analgesic agents and updates the participant on current guidelines and therapeutic choices in order to optimize analgesic prescribing practices.  It also discusses the differences among analgesics typically prescribed for orofacial pain.  Along with this, the course also addresses the selection and timing of appropriate medications for special populations including the pregnant and breast-feeding patient, and patients with significant allergy histories.  Since the goal of analgesic therapy is to assure selection of the right drug at the right time and at the right dose, for the right patient and the right procedure, this course presents information that should be considered essential for all OHCPs, both seasoned and newly credentialed. 

AGD Subject Code: 344

Western Schools designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Three Drug Classes Every Dental Professional Should Know: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Anesthetics (L0726)

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.


Dental Ethics and the Digital Age

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0718  

Release Date: December 28, 2015

Expiration Date: December 27, 2018

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 2 continuing education credits. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Dental Ethics and the Digital Age - 3-Hour (L0724).

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