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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.

 

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Define patient with special needs.
  • Describe the oral health challenges of patients with special needs.
  • Identify the factors that hinder access to dental care for patients with special needs.
  • Discuss recommendations for the management and treatment of patients with special needs.
  • Identify strategies for improving oral health and access to care for patients with special needs.
Author Bio(s)

 

John F. Kross, MSc, DMD, received his doctorate in dental medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Centers of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). His professional training and experience include practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and in New London, Pennsylvania, as well as instructing students at Delaware Technical Community College in oral pathology. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. He has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education courses since 1991.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA, is an associate professor of restorative dentistry and associate dean for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Illinois. She maintains an active nursing license and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and immediate president of the American Society for Dental Ethics. Dr. Roucka obtained her DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and master’s degree in population health – bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Roucka is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of ethics in dentistry and has taught restorative dentistry at both Marquette University and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

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.

 

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe different types of patient behaviors reflective of mental health issues that dental professionals may encounter in their practice.
  • Describe how mental illness may affect the oral cavity and the provision of dental care.
  • Recognize the comorbidities that may accompany mental illness and affect lifespan.
  • List the side effects of medications commonly taken by patients with mental illness.
  • Discuss the dental professional’s role in helping patients with mental illness overcome barriers to oral health care.
Author Bio(s)

 

 
Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

 

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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.

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the demand for special needs dentistry and the training that helps in providing that care.
  • Identify the considerations in planning and delivering dental treatment to patients with special needs.
  • Recognize the importance of hospital affiliation in treating special needs patients.
  • Discuss the challenges in treating geriatric patients with special needs.
  • Identify the limitations of mobile dentistry.
  • Recognize the opportunities that dental practitioners treating patients with special needs enjoy in working with specialists and conducting clinical research.
Author Bio(s)

 

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilita­tion facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day man­agement of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

 

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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.

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the types, etiology, and significance of dental fear.
  • Identify behavioral signs and symptoms to recognize the fearful patient.
  • Describe nonpharmacological guidance techniques for fearful adult patients.
  • Describe nonpharmacological behavior guidance for fearful pediatric patients.
  • Describe nonpharmacological strategies for use with fearful older adult patients and patients with special needs.
Author Bio(s)

 

L. Anne Hirschel, DDS, received her DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and a BDS from the University College Dental School, University of London, England, as well as an LDS from the Royal College of Surgeons in England. Dr. Hirschel retired after 33 years in private practice. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health and a member of both the American Dental Association and the American Medical Writers Association. Dr. Hirschel is the author of Dental Injuries, published by American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts. She has also been a contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica’s Medical and Health Annuals and Yearbook of Science and the Future, as well as numerous other publications, including continuing education courses and medical and dental publications for professional and lay readers.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Dianne L. Sefo, RDH, Med, clinical instructor and preclinical coordinator in the Dental Hygiene Programs at New York University College of Dentistry, received an associate of science degree in dental hygiene from Monroe Community College, a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from St. John Fisher College, and a master of education degree in educational technology from American College of Education. She participates in didactic and clinical dental hygiene education and has previously worked as a dental hygiene educator at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York and Concorde Career College in San Diego, California. She has also held positions at various private practices in New York State and southern California. Her research concentrations have been in oral-systemic health and clinical dental education. In addition to her teaching, research, and clinical work, she is a reviewer and a published author of peer-reviewed journals, continuing education courses, book chapters, and other publications pertaining to the advancement of the standard of care in evidence-based dental hygiene therapy.

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