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  • Dental Assisting
  • Hours: 10 Contact Hours
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    Chronic Pain Management for the Dental Practitioner: A Psychosocial Perspective

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0704  

    Release Date: April 22, 2015
    Expiration Date: April 21, 2018

    Pain is a basic human response and a major trigger to seeking health care. Although all dentists are trained in managing acute pain, far fewer dentists are trained in treating chronic pain conditions. Yet, chronic orofacial pain is quite common and may occur after routine dental procedures. Thus dentists will likely encounter patients who need help to manage, cope with, or adapt to their chronic pain.

    This intermediate-level course is intended to address this training deficit by providing dental healthcare professionals with an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, as well as basic skills for effective assessment and adjunctive treatments of chronic orofacial pain conditions and related problems. To accomplish these goals, the course first examines the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, describes the distinction between acute and chronic pain, and explains the factors that contribute to acute pain becoming chronic. The prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life are examined. An introduction to the practical assessment of chronic pain provides readers with a description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures.

    Dental practitioners may be more familiar with diagnosing and treating pain specific sources of pain such as temporomandibular pain, however, the emphasis of this course is the assessment of chronic pain and comorbid conditions along with a discussion of pharmacologic and biobehavioral treatment modalities. For that reason, this course provides an overview of common medications used to treat chronic orofacial pain and discusses issues surrounding addiction and adherence to a prescribed medication regimen. 

    Finally, the course provides basic information on empirically-supported psychosocial treatment strategies that can be useful when working with clients who are experiencing chronic pain. After taking this course, the participant will be able to assess the patient with chronic orofacial pain, identify comorbid disorders, and recommend appropriate treatment or referral options.

    AGD Subject Code: 190

    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

    Michigan Dentists - Fulfills your pain & pain symptom management requirement.

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

    Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
    Item # L0725  

    Release Date: February 17, 2016

    Expiration Date: February 16, 2019

    Oral healthcare professionals (OHCPs) are routinely involved with the selection and administration of local anesthetics to address patient discomfort during dental procedures. Patient discomfort as it relates to orofacial pain has both physiological and psychological components. Unfortunately, an experience of discomfort related to dentistry can lead patients to avoid or postpone treatment, making these patients more difficult to treat and less likely to comply with future appointments or oral healthcare treatment planning. Local anesthetics administered preoperatively help mitigate pain and improve patient comfort as well as clinical outcomes, making them an integral part of dental practice. The variety of local anesthetics available, whether as a plain solution or combined with a vasoconstrictor, offer unique pharmacological properties allowing the practitioner to tailor the individualized therapy and match the best drug to the specific patient and clinical situation.

    The majority of dental pain or discomfort is acute in nature and typically accompanied by tissue injury or inflammation. While this pain can resolve spontaneously once the underlying cause is definitively treated (i.e., inflamed pulp, carious lesion, or abscessed gingiva), a pharmacological approach to pain management is considered the standard of care. Local anesthetics administered preoperatively help mitigate pain and improve patient comfort to allow for the dental procedure to proceed. Excellent intraoperative pain control with the appropriate selection and dose of local anesthesia, especially when combined with excellent postoperative analgesic medication selection will enhance successful outcomes for both the OHCP and patient.

    This intermediate-level course reviews the pharmacology of local anesthetic agents and presents current guidelines and therapeutic choices to optimize prescribing practices.  Because the goal of local anesthetic 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 presented in this course should be considered essential knowledge for both seasoned and newly credentialed OHCPs.

    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)

    Periodontal Ligament Injections: A Review

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0758  

    Release Date: July 11, 2016

    Expiration Date: July 10, 2019

    The ability to obtain profound local anesthesia is essential for the successful completion of restorative procedures as well as for the success of oral surgery, periodontal surgery, and endodontic procedures. However, local anesthesia is not always initially successful. There is a high rate of failure with the conventional inferior alveolar nerve block, a technique in which teeth of the right or left mandible are anesthetized for dental procedures. The indirect and direct techniques that are most commonly employed to locate the inferior alveolar nerve are ineffective in achieving complete mandibular anesthesia in approximately 15% to 30% of cases.

    This basic-level course describes periodontal ligament injection techniques for administering local anesthetics to provide pulpal anesthesia when conventional infiltration and regional block methods are unsatisfactory or inadequate. The indications and contraindications for periodontal ligament injections are discussed in addition to factors influencing the duration and efficacy of periodontal ligament anesthesia and potential postoperative side effects.

     

    AGD Subject Code: 730
     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

    Nitrous Oxide–Oxygen Inhalational Sedation: Managing Pain and Anxiety

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0759  

    Release Date: July 20, 2016

    Expiration Date: July 19, 2019

    This intermediate-level course reviews the history, pharmacology, and contemporary techniques of N2O/O2 sedation in the dental setting, discusses the continuum of consciousness and examines where N2O/O2 sedation may fit in the treatment paradigm. This course will also fill gaps in knowledge concerning patient selection, regulations, contraindications, and techniques for appropriate administration in certain special populations requiring advanced consideration. The principles learned will be directly applicable in determining the most suitable approach for the cardiac, pregnant, and breast-feeding patient, and will help to address staff concerns around potential environmental risks.   

    Since the goal of any successful procedure 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 presented in this intermediate-level course should be considered essential knowledge for all oral healthcare practitioners.

     

    AGD Subject Code: 132

     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.
     
    New Jersey (RDH & RDA) – Fulfills nitrous oxide requirement.

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