Disciplines: Dental Assisting
Hours: 24 Contact Hours
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Update of Concepts in Vital Tooth Whitening, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0727  

Release Date: December 3, 2010

Review Date: June 2, 2016

Expiration Date: June 1, 2019


Vital tooth whitening is an aesthetic and conservative treatment for discolored teeth. The popularity of vital tooth whitening has increased dramatically in recent years, as shown by the increased number of products and procedures introduced, ranging from at-home tray whitening and trayless whitening techniques – both dentist prescribed and over the counter (OTC) – to in-office 1-hour whitening systems. Recent years have also seen the rise of nondental options for vital tooth whitening. The increasing number of vital tooth-whitening techniques and materials has created a clinical challenge for dentists and other oral health providers seeking to balance effectiveness and safety. Proper patient selection for vital tooth whitening becomes even more important in this environment.

Most recently, there has been a push to find ways to accelerate and improve the delivery of the whitening process. These include a number of light sources believed to accelerate the breakdown of peroxide and thus speed up the whitening process. Research in this area is controversial, with the literature describing different conclusions about the benefits of light-activated whitening. The popularity of strip-based peroxide delivery represents a departure from the conventional use of a professionally supervised tray system and raises questions about safety and efficacy.

Patient demand for tooth whitening remains high, and oral health providers have more options for treatment, so it is important that clinicians evaluate which of these options is best for their patients. This basic-level course reviews concepts in vital tooth whitening, including recommendations in ADA guidelines; describes evolving issues in vital tooth whitening (e.g., measurement of color change, the color rebound effect, and safety issues); and explains the risk and benefits of established and new technologies.


AGD Subject Code: 781
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.



Managing the Adult Dental Phobic Patient, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0737  

Release Date:  July 31, 2013

Review Date: May 16, 2016

Expiration Date: May 15, 2019


Dental phobia may be a universal barrier to seeking oral health care. Dental phobics are not comfortable seeking regular dental care, even when dental problems arise. The dental team needs to be aware of the concerns of this population in order to reduce fear and anxiety and provide needed oral health care.

This basic-level course distinguishes between the definitions of fear, anxiety, and phobia. It identifies the most common reactions that accompany phobias and common reasons for avoidance of dental treatment. The course describes the behavioral treatment options for anxious dental patients and techniques for reducing general anxiety in dental patients. This course will provide dental professionals with basic knowledge and information on dental fear and avoidance that will enable them to diagnose and manage patients who experience dental-related anxiety, fear, and phobia. This knowledge will help dental professionals prepare for these patients and their unique needs and help these patients feel more comfortable seeking their care in the future.

AGD Subject Code: 153; California Course #03-4640-16-737


Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

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.



Oral Piercing: Complications and Patient Management and Education, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0750  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: June 21, 2016

Expiration Date: June 20, 2019

Tattoos and body piercing have been common in many cultures for centuries. So-called body art is a relatively recent fashion in the Western world, but it appears to be gaining in popularity. Body art involves tattooing, scarification, and the wearing of jewelry in unconventional places on the body. Although the reasons for piercing are varied in the West, it is generally considered either a form of body art, fashionable, or daring. Despite the increased popularity of body piercing in Western countries, it is still considered deviant behavior by segments of the wider society, which may explain why some individuals do not present for their dental appointments with their piercing jewelry in place.

With oral or facial piercings now becoming more commonplace in the United States, dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons need to be able to advise patients who have piercings or are considering having piercings. It is critical that dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants be familiar with various types of oral piercing, the impact this trend may have on dentition and speech, and the health risks that are associated with piercing. This basic-level course provides dental practitioners with an overview of oral piercing placement, procedures, complications, and patient management. A few of the risks of oral piercing include pain (the procedure is performed without anesthetics), postplacement edema and the risk of prolonged bleeding if the blood vessels are punctured during the piercing, and fracture of tooth structures.

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

Caries-Prone Patients: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0753  

Release Date: July 5, 2016

Expiration Date: July 4, 2019


Dental caries is a preventable disease that affects a majority of the population. Statistics show the increase in caries incidence over time, making it important for dental professionals to develop strategies for determining caries risk and counseling patients to reduce risk and a future of dental caries. This course identifies the factors necessary for caries development including microorganisms and dental plaque, susceptible tooth surfaces, diet, and time/frequency. The American Dental Association's recommendations for oral hygiene are presented.

The impact of nutrition on the caries process is known in the dental field, but dental professionals need to continue to convey the importance of this relationship to patients. At-risk patients are identified through patient nutritional assessment and appropriate diet changes for caries prone patients are recommended. The course identifies the factors that influence patient diet choices including food availability and convenience, parental influence, habit, cost, and media. Personalized patient care and education to decrease incidence of caries are discussed.

Working as partners with patients, dental professionals can aid in the prevention of dental caries and help maintain patients’ overall health by offering nutritional counseling and behavior modification techniques. The incidence of caries in the United States could decrease significantly as dental professionals implement the advances available for early caries detection, recommend anti-caries treatments, and offer nutritional analysis and counseling. This basic-level course is intended to equip all members of the dental team with the skills needed to realize this overriding goal.


AGD Subject Code: 258


Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.



Nitrous Oxide–Oxygen Inhalational Sedation: Managing Pain and Anxiety

Price: $29.95 
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.


Ethical Decision Making in Dental Practice, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0770  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: August 1, 2016

Expiration Date: July 31, 2019

Ethical questions cannot be answered by “dental science”; rather, it is often necessary to delve into broader, more basic questions that do not have clear-cut answers and require thoughtful reflection by professionals. What does it mean, for example, to be a professional? What are my obligations to this given patient, my colleagues, my community, and to myself? Ethical decision making is also required in relatively narrow questions: What would be in this patient’s best interests? Should I advertise my services in this manner, or even at all?

This basic-level course introduces the concept of ethical decision making and provides three ethical decision-making models to help dental healthcare providers navigate complex dilemmas. Case studies are used to help reinforce important ideas and provide a practical application of the concepts. The ability to systematically analyze and solve any ethical dilemma is arguably as important as the technical skills required to perform clinical dentistry.


AGD Subject Code: 555
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse: A Review for the Dental Professional, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0789  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: November 2, 2016

Expiration Date: November 1, 2019


In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older – 9.4 percent of the population – had used an illicit drug, and an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol. In 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made more than 31,000 drug-related arrests, and in 2014, seized nearly 3,000 kg of methamphetamine and close to 50,000 dosage units of hallucinogens.

Chemical dependency and substance abuse affect all segments of the population. Dentists will encounter these problems among their patients, and should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, as well as serve as a resource for these patients.  

This basic-level course reviews commonly misused substances, discusses their origins, and details the physical effects they can produce. Special consideration is given to substances commonly available in the dental office and the medications dental professionals may administer and prescribe. The course also highlights the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, slang associated with misused and abused substances, and the common routes of administration for each substance so that dental professionals will be able to identify patients who may be abusing certain substances.

It is vital that dental professionals become familiar with these substances and their effects, not only to recognize substance abuse, but also in order to take necessary precautions during treatment and when prescribing medications. Psychoactive substances, stimulants, sedatives, hallucinogens, opiates, and a wide range of inhalants can produce a variety of short-term and long-term effects, including tachycardia, hallucination, euphoria, brain damage, fatal respiratory and circulatory depression, psychosis, cancer, liver disease, and death.



AGD Subject Code: 157
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.


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