Disciplines: Dental Hygienist
Hours: 24 Contact Hours
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Prescription Drug Abuse Among Dental Patients: Scope, Prevention, and Management Considerations, Updated 1st Edition - 3 Hours

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0743  

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).

Infection Control, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0749  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: June 17, 2016

Expiration Date: June 16, 2019

In the United States, an estimated 195,000 dentists, 200,000 registered dental hygienists, 300,000 dental assistants, and 35,000 dental laboratory technicians provide dental care to patients. During the provision of care, they are often occupationally exposed to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated supplies, equipment, environmental surfaces, water, and air. Current recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are designed to prevent or reduce the potential for cross-transmission of pathogens from dental healthcare providers to patients, from patients to dental healthcare providers, and from patients to patients. Although the CDC guidelines focus mainly on outpatient, ambulatory dental healthcare settings, the recommended infection control practices are applicable to all settings in which dental treatment is provided.

This basic-level course explains proper use and handling of personal protective equipment and gives recommendations for appropriate gloving and hand hygiene. Instrument sterilization and disinfection, sterilization protocols, and the three categories of sterilizer monitoring are also reviewed. The CDC’s recommendations for managing environmental infection control are included. By understanding the concepts underlying infection control and by incorporating effective infection control protocols into their practice, dental healthcare providers will protect their patients and themselves.

AGD Subject Code: 148
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
 

Fluoride Use in Modern Dental Practice: Action, Effect, and Delivery, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0761  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: July 20, 2016

Expiration Date: July 19, 2019

Dental caries is a chronic, infectious and transmissible disease of multi-factorial origin. It is the single most common chronic disease in children worldwide, including the United States. Dental sealants, nutritional counseling, antimicrobial agents, oral hygiene instruction, early diagnostic measures, and fluorides can be used to manage this disease within a framework of early risk assessment and diagnostic procedures. Fluoride holds a special place in this paradigm because of its documented effectiveness in controlling and reducing dental caries.

This basic-level course discusses the pre-eruptive and post-eruptive mechanisms of fluoride action as well as the sources of fluoride and recommended intake levels. The course examines the latest research on the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and safety of community water fluoridation in the United States. The processes of demineralization and remineralization are explained along with the risks of fluoridation and the recommended use of fluoride in high-caries-risk patients.

 

AGD Subject Code: 017

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Recurrent Aphthous Ulceration: Epidemiology, Differential Diagnosis, and Therapy

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0740  

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Expiration Date: July 17, 2019

Recurrent aphthous ulceration (RAU), also known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis and canker sores, is a common oral ulceration condition. RAU is widely considered to be a chronic inflammatory condition that affects approximately 20% of the population. These lesions tend to be episodic and may repeatedly arise over time in otherwise healthy individuals. RAU is a common lesion that presents to all clinical dentists. It is important for dentists to be knowledgeable concerning this pathologic condition in order to alleviate patients’ concerns and pain.

This basic-level course is intended to educate dentists and dental hygienists regarding RAU so that they are better equipped to effectively diagnose and treat their patients with this condition. It is important to provide clinicians with necessary information regarding diagnosis (including differential diagnosis) and treatment. The section on etiopathology discusses the immune-relate etiology of RAU as well as the gaps in our understanding of what causes RAU. The course addresses the epidemiology and general characteristics of RAU and differentiates the forms of the condition. Research on the link between celiac disease and RAU is presented and discussed. Finally, the course presents information on the varied treatment modalities for RAU.

 

AGD Subject Code: 734

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

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.

 

Dental Sealants: Clinical Considerations for Selection and Placement

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0777  

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Expiration Date: August 22, 2019

Sealants are seen as a major preventive intervention because of the high prevalence of pit and fissure caries. The teeth most at risk are the newly erupted first molars, because the enamel is in its formative stage of maturation. The ADA and AAPD recognize that, when applied properly, sealants can play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay.

This basic-level course reviews the latest research and recommendations regarding the use of dental sealants. The course discusses the epidemiology of caries disease and the materials currently used in dental sealants. Research findings on the effectiveness of sealants are presented, as well as the clinical considerations that must factor into any practitioner’s decision to use dental sealants. Techniques for actual placement of dental sealants are outlined along with information on post-placement evaluation and follow-up care. Finally, safety concerns, including systemic toxicity, are discussed.

 

AGD Subject Code: 257

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Periodontal Disease: Pathophysiology, Risk Factors, and Systemic Links, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0780  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: September 9, 2016

Expiration Date: September 8, 2019

Periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Nearly half of all adults age 30 and older in the United States suffer from periodontal disease; the incidence of periodontal disease increases as people age, with approximately 70% of adults age 65 and older having the disease. The prevalence of periodontal disease varies among ethnic groups and between genders. Increased incidence of periodontal disease has been linked to poverty, lower levels of education, and smoking.

The symptoms of periodontal disease range from those that are nearly undetectable by the patient to those that are severe and alarming. All too often, periodontitis is a silent destroyer of oral health because pain is absent unless an acute infection occurs.

This basic-level course reviews the risk factors associated with periodontal disease, and discusses the potential links between periodontal disease and systemic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The course describes the etiology and pathophysiology of periodontal disease, focusing on microbiology, viral causes, the autoimmune and inflammatory response, resident and infiltrating cells of the periodontium, and matrix metalloproteinases. The course prepares dental professionals to recognize periodontal disease and take steps to prevent this condition and to treat patients who already have or are at risk for developing periodontal disease.

 

AGD Subject Code: 490

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Herbal-Drug Interactions Important in Dentistry

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0790  

Release Date: November 2, 2016

Expiration Date: November 1, 2019

In the United States and Europe, over-the-counter natural herb products constitute a rapidly growing market, having joined prescription and over-the-counter medicines that were originally derived from herbs. Interest in herbal medicine has been facilitated by multiple factors, including the perception that pharmaceutical medications are expensive, overprescribed, and often dangerous. Alternatively, herbal medicines are often perceived as being “natural,” and therefore safe.

Herbal medicines now fall into the category of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs). With the increasing popularity of CAMs, a new issue has arisen: herbal-drug interactions. Oral healthcare professionals must be aware not only of these products’ effects and advantageous synergies, but also of their side effects and possible or probable adverse drug reactions.

This basic-level course describes the prevalence and risk for interactions involving herbal medicines and lists the herbal medications and drugs of greatest concern to dental professionals. A stoplight approach to risk assessment is discussed and a general strategy to avoid the most common herbal-drug interactions is suggested. Critical patient populations (including women who are pregnant or breast feeding) are emphasized and specific herbal-drug interactions that can lead to increased bleeding, decreased blood glucose levels, and sedation changes are discussed. 

 

AGD Subject Code: 016

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Management of Medical Emergencies: An Update, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0792  

Release Date: November 2, 2013

Review Date: November 25, 2016

Expiration Date: November 24, 2019

The 21st century will be characterized by major shifts in the age and health of the U.S. population. Approximately 14.5% of the U.S. population is age 65 or older and this percentage is increasing. More than one third of this population reports some type of disability or disease, including Type 2 diabetes mellitus which is associated with accelerated macrovascular and microvascular diseases and a much greater risk of myocardial infarction or stroke.

In addition to the increased risks associated with the elderly population, we are also seeing a significant increase in the incidence of asthma and atopic disease, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus and the incidence of obesity in children and young adults.

As a result of these changes in the age and health of the U.S. population, emergent events are likely to increase in the dental office. It is essential that dental professionals be prepared to manage medical emergencies effectively and efficiently.

This basic-level course details the three major components of managing medical emergencies in the dental office: prevention, recognition, and treatment. Appropriate for all dental professionals, the course discusses the importance of obtaining a thorough medical history of each patient as well as the need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of life-threatening emergencies. The symptoms and treatment for patients with inadequate blood flow to the brain, inadequate delivery of oxygen to the brain, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and allergic reactions are described.

 

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

 

AGD Subject Code: 142

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