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Improving Oral Health Care for Patients With Special Needs, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0734  

Release Date: July 27, 2010

Review Date: June 2, 2016

Expiration Date: June 1, 2019


Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people with special healthcare needs, and the trend is expected to continue. Population shifts as a result of immigration and other socio-economic factors will persist in straining the current delivery system. The special needs population already faces barriers in obtaining oral health services, and this situation will continue to deteriorate under the present system of care.

As policy makers wrestle with major health disparities experienced by people with special health-care needs, dental professionals must be at the forefront of ensuring adequate delivery of oral healthcare services to this population.

This basic-level course addresses current thinking about the challenges dental professionals face with providing oral healthcare services for people with special needs. It identifies the factors that hinder access to dental care and presents strategies to improve the provision of care for the special needs population. The course includes recommendations for the management and treatment of special needs patients.


AGD Subject Code: 753
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.



Mental Health Issues and Special Care Patients

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0800  

Release Date: December 8, 2016

Expiration Date: December 7, 2019


Millions of adults in the U.S. experience mental illness in some form. Dentists must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the effects certain disorders may have on oral health. Additionally, many antipsychotic medications have deleterious side effects that can impact oral health. Dental professionals should recognize these side effects, and be able to treat and advise their patients accordingly. Additionally due to the episodic nature of some mental disorders, the dental team must be flexible, be able to augment treatment schedules, and provide patient-focused care in order to accommodate the unique needs patients with mental illness present with.

Appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, this basic-level course reviews the type, severity and stages of mental illnesses, the effect that mental illness has on mood, motivation and self-esteem, the lack of perception a person with mental illness may have of their oral health problems, the effect of patients’ habits and lifestyles on their ability to sustain self-care and dental attendance, the side effects of medication and finally, how to help these patients overcome barriers to oral health care.   



AGD Subject Code: 750
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.



Making Treatment of Special Needs Patients an Important Part of Your Growing Dental Practice

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0801  

Release Date: December 12, 2016

Expiration Date: December 11, 2019


Treating patients with special needs can be integral to a growing dental practice and financially beneficial.  There is a significant demand for dentists in the community to provide care to these patients.  As a result of the deinstitutionalization of special needs care in the 1980s, many of these patients lost their dental home and their caregivers have been frustrated by the lack of availability of dentists to treat patients with special needs. The knowledge gained through residency training puts these dentists at an advantage to treat this sector of the population and can aid in growing their private practice.  

This basic level course, appropriate for dentists, hygienists and assistants, reviews the background of deinstitutionalization which created the demand for special needs dentists in the community, and discusses how through hospital affiliation, mobile dentistry, and relationships with specialists, treating special needs patients can be a fulfilling and important part of their practice.  These relationships can enhance the professional reputation of the dentist and provide professional partnerships and practice growth.



AGD Subject Code: 750
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.


Working With Fearful and Anxious Dental Patients, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0880  

Review Date: July 11, 2017

Expiration Date: July 10, 2020

Original Release Date: May 9, 2011


The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to familiarize the dentist and every member of the dental team with nonpharmacological techniques and strategies for guiding and supporting fearful dental patients. The course will address the nature and prevalence of dental fear and how to identify and guide the fearful patient. The learner will be made aware of the ways in which his or her own behavior, demeanor, and appearance, as well as the ambiance of the dental office, may contribute to dental fear.




AGD Subject Code: 153

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.


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