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Disciplines:
  • Dentists
  • Registered Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
Accreditations
Western Schools is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider and designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. Dental boards in all states that require continuing dental education accept Western School's courses.

 

 

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Western Schools 365 is valid only for the registered individual, and is non-transferable
No promotional discounts may be applied to the purchase of the Western Schools 365 Dental Online Membership

Western Schools 365 Dental Membership


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Just $174.95
Item # LS900

With the Western Schools 365 Dental Online Membership you get: 

  • Unlimited access to all our high-quality, evidence-based online CE courses for dental professionals for a full year, including courses to fulfill state requirements
  • Unlimited certificates for a full year
  • One price to fulfill some or all of your CE needs
  • The convenience of having all your online CE managed in one place
  • Instant access to certificates when courses are complete
  • When we publish New or Updated courses, they’ll automatically be added to your membership; retired courses will automatically be removed
  • Note: Western Schools 365 is valid only for the registered individual, and is non-transferable. Courses may be completed for credit only once during the one-year membership.

 

How it works:

  • Once you've purchased your membership, you'll be directed to your My Membership page, where you can select courses you'd like to complete by clicking the Enroll button
  • Access the courses you've enrolled by logging in to your account and navigating to My Courses. Follow directions there to complete courses for credit
  • Enroll in additional courses from your Membership by navigating to the My Membership page anytime and clicking the Enroll button next to your selected course(s)
  • We'll remind you by email before your membership expires so you have time to complete anything you still need to do
  • After your membership expires you will still have access to any courses you enrolled in, but credit will no longer be awarded for incomplete courses
  • Note for Dental Professionals in California: In accordance with California Code of Regulations (Title 16, Section 1016), a maximum of 8 credit hours may be awarded to you in one day. When completing multiple courses, please submit completed exams for grading as you complete each course, not to exceed more than 8 hours in any given day.

 

 

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This product includes the following courses:
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A Review of HIV/AIDS for Dental Professionals

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0869  

Review Date: January 18, 2018

Expiration Date: January 18, 2021

This intermediate-level course begins with a foundational review of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS, the modes of transmission, and methods of prevention in the dental healthcare setting.

 

AGD Subject Code: 752

California Dental Professionals -  This course does not fulfill your infection control requirement.

Allergic Reactions to Metals in the Mouth, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0797  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: November 11, 2016

Expiration Date: November 10, 2019

 

A wide variety of materials used for the construction of dental restorations, prostheses, and dental implants have the potential to cause allergic reactions among dental patients. Rates of metal sensitivity are thought to increase with exposure, and an estimated 15% to 20% of people within the western population are considered hypersensitive to at least one metal. Reported effects include intraoral redness, swelling and pain of the oral mucosa and lips, oral/gingival lichenoid reactions, stomatitis, cheilitis, extraoral urticarial or eczematous lesions. Increasing numbers of patients complain about intraoral and extraoral lesions, metallic taste, and skin reactions, which may be related to the dental materials used for restorations.

Hypersensitivity to metals in biomaterials used in dentistry and medicine requires all dental professionals to be aware of metals that patients may be allergic to and to exercise caution when selecting restorative materials. This basic-level course reviews the importance of metals for human health, identifies common harmful metals and their role in disease, and discusses hypersensitivity reactions, with particular regard to metal allergies in medical and dental patients. Corrosion is also discussed relative to its role in the hypersensitivity reactions experienced by dental patients. Chronic exposure to metal corrosion in the oral environment has been associated with swelling, bone resorption, oral lesions, and oral cancer in individuals who are hypersensitive to metals.  For these reasons, it is imperative that dental professionals understand the different types of metals used in biomaterials, factors that increase corrosion susceptibility of dental restorations, and corrosion’s potential to increase patient hypersensitive to metals. Doing so will help dental professionals make more informed decisions about which biomaterials are the safest and most effective.

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 017

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

 

Application and Removal of Dental Dams, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0754  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: July 1, 2016

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

 

The purpose of the dental dam is to isolate the tooth or teeth undergoing restoration, improving the safety of the procedure and the quality of the restoration for the patient. This basic-level course is designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants interested in becoming more knowledgeable and proficient in the use and application of dental dams. 

The course outlines the benefits of using dental dams in clinical practice and provides an overview of the types of dental dams currently available in terms of size, color, and thickness. The course outlines the armamentarium used in conjunction with dental dams, including frames, lubricants, punches, and the dental dam forceps and clamps. The steps for stabilizing the dam with clamp ligatures and cord application inversion, and removing the dental dam, placing and removing a quickdam or slit dam, and ligating the dam septum around a bridge are also addressed. 

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 250

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

 

 

Benign Jaw Lesions

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0772  

Release Date: August 10, 2016

Expiration Date: August 9, 2019

 

Although benign conditions are non-cancerous, some benign conditions of the oral cavity may look like cancer or precancerous conditions. Often, patients have symptoms that include swelling, pain, tenderness, and unexplained tooth mobility; some tumors are discovered on routine dental x-rays, whereas others are found on routine examinations of the oral cavity and teeth. These tumors can impinge on local structures, causing damage to otherwise healthy tissue. Therefore it is important for the dental team to recognize the symptoms and radiographic presentations of lesions in order to treat affected patients or refer them in a timely manner.

This intermediate-level course is appropriate for dentists, hygienists, and assistants, and familiarizes the dental team with the presentation of benign jaw lesions, which they may encounter in their dental practice. This course outlines the different benign lesions that may present in the hard tissue of the jaws. The subject material is categorized into ondontogenic cysts, nonodontogenic cysts, benign odontogenic tumors, benign nonodontogenic tumors, and other lesions that fall outside of those categories such as giant cell granuloma, ossifying fibroma and lingual salivary gland defects.  The clinical and radiographic, CBCT and MRI presentations of these lesions are discussed.  

 

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 730

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

 

Bonding Systems for Dentin in Adhesive Dentistry, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0814  

Review Date: December 27, 2017

Expiration Date: December 26, 2020

Original Release Date: March 3, 2011

After completing this basic-level course, dental professionals will understand the history of adhesive bonding systems and will be able describe the necessary conditions for ideal adhesive bonding. Dental professionals will also gain a basic understanding of different dental adhesive systems and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.

 

AGD Subject Code: 752

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

California Dental Practice Act, 5th Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0922  

Review Date: May 22, 2018

Expiration Date: May 22, 2021

Original Release Date: May 30, 2014

The California Dental Practice Act is the set of regulations that governs dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. This course provides an overview of these governmental entities and outlines the content of the Dental Practice Act, its attending regulations, and other statutes relating to dental practice. The content of this basic-level course was derived primarily from the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs Dental Practice Act, California Code of Regulations, and California Dental Association Code of Ethics. With a more complete understanding of this Dental Practice Act, all dental team members will be better able to practice within its guidelines.

 

AGD Subject Code: 563

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

This course fulfills your California state dental practice act dental requirements.

Caries Management by Risk Assessment: CAMBRA in Dental Practice, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0889  

Review Date: August 3, 2018

Expiration Date: August 3, 2021

Original Release Date: July 5, 2011

This basic-level course provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of caries management and applies the concepts of CAMBRA. This course will help dental practitioners become better equipped to halt the progression of caries with as little hard tissue damage as possible, thereby benefiting their patients. And the learner will be introduced to different protocols in order to treat caries using the medical model.

 

AGD Subject Code: 250

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.

 

 

CDC and the Practice of Dental Hygiene: A Review of the 2003 Guidelines and the 2016 Summary

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0874  

Release Date: August 11, 2017

Expiration Date: August 10, 2020

 

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the dental hygienist with the document Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. The 2016 CDC document, Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care will be introduced and discussed, and new information relevant to the practice of dental hygiene published by CDC since 2003 will be presented.

This basic-level course provides an overview of these infection control guidelines with an emphasis on clinical applications for the dental hygienist. Although the target audience for this course is primarily the dental hygienist, it is also pertinent to other dental professionals who may be involved in infection-control program implementation in dental healthcare settings.

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 148

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.

 

Chronic Pain Management for the Dental Practitioner: A Psychosocial Perspective

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0886  

Review Date: June 12, 2018

Expiration Date: June 12, 2021

Original Release Date: April 22, 2015

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 common and may occur after routine dental procedures. This intermediate-level course provides 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.

 

AGD Subject Code: 200

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Michigan - Fulfills your pain & pain symptom management requirement.

Complete Dentures: A Review for the Dental Professional

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0854  

Release Date: January 31, 2018

Expiration Date: January 30, 2021

The continuing need for denture treatment in the Unites States means a necessary relevance for updated concepts and procedures in dental curriculums. New light has been shed on different denture treatment approaches, such as digital technology, which is likely to be more commonplace for the near future. Such modern techniques may not have been initially taught to current practitioners in the field.

This intermediate-level course is intended to serve as both a review and an introduction to some of the more recent information and developments in complete denture fabrication. After completing this course, the practitioner will be better equipped to provide quality denture care in a less stressful and more cost-effective manner for both clinician and patient.

 

AGD Subject Code: 670

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Complications Associated With Oral Surgery, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0742  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Release Date: June 2, 2016

Expiration Date: June 1, 2019

 

This course addresses common complications associated with oral surgical procedures and outlines the evidence-based methods to prevent, minimize, or manage them. Patient education about what to expect postoperatively helps minimize emergency after-hours phone calls and the need for additional treatment. Proper techniques of postoperative pain or infection control may also facilitate the healing process and reduce both postoperative complications for patients and stress for practitioners.

This basic-level course for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants will strengthen the dental team’s ability to identify common complications associated with oral surgery procedures and minimize, manage, and treat postoperative complications.

 

AGD Subject Code: 310
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

 

 

Contemporary Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0898  

Review Date: October 16, 2018

Expiration Date: October 16, 2021

Original Release Date: October 22, 2015 

Traumatic dental injuries (TDI) are commonly encountered in dental practice. This course presents the epidemiology, prevention, general treatment considerations, and protocols for management of the full array of TDI, allowing the dental team to triage, treat, and provide appropriate follow-up care for these injuries.

 

AGD Subject Code: 250

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Dental Erosion: Causes and Preventative Practices, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0781  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: September 19, 2016

Expiration Date: September 18, 2019

Dental erosion is a progressive loss of dental hard tissue caused by chemical processes without involvement of bacteria. This enamel dissolution is an irreversible process not directly associated with mechanical or traumatic factors, which distinguishes it from other types of wear, such as attrition (loss of tooth structure due to clenching or grinding), abrasion (mechanical loss of tooth structure caused by a foreign element), or abfraction (loss of tooth structure at the gumline due to occlusal forces). The clinical features of dental erosion appear as well-defined, wedge-shaped areas facially and cervically. The occurrence of enamel erosion lesions is associated primarily with intrinsic and extrinsic acids.

The rise in consumption of soft drinks, including sports drinks, has been linked to increases in the rates of dental erosion. The additives to these drinks, not the beverage pH per se, appear to be the causative factors contributing to enamel dissolution. Furthermore, fruit-flavored drinks and unsweetened juices appear to have the same erosive potential as carbonated drinks.

This basic-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with guidelines for recognizing and diagnosing dental erosion and offers suggestions for preventive interventions, including record-keeping, nutritional counseling, fluoride use, and home-care procedures. The course also discusses recommended restorative treatment options.

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 741

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

 

Dental Ethics and the Digital Age: 2 Hour, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0900  

Review Date: August 28, 2018

Expiration Date: August 28, 2021

Original Release Date: December 31, 2015

The practice of dentistry is multifaceted. Not only must dental professionals have the technical skills to treat patients appropriately and safely, they must also practice within a professional ethical framework that is sometimes more challenging than the dental procedures themselves. This basic-level course helps dental professionals gain a better understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges to the profession, with particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. Dental professionals may be eager to incorporate the latest technologies into their practices and into their private lives, but must consider the ethical implications of doing so.

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, H9129 (L0948): Dental Ethics and the Digital Age: 3 Hour, Updated 1st Edition.

AGD Subject Code: 555

Dental Ethics and the Digital Age: 3 Hour, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0948  

Review Date: August 7, 2018

Expiration Date: August 7, 2021

Original Release Date: January 28, 2016

The practice of dentistry is multifaceted. Not only must dental professionals have the technical skills to treat patients appropriately and safely, they must also practice within a professional ethical framework that is sometimes more challenging than the dental procedures themselves. This basic-level course helps dental professionals gain a better understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges to the profession, with particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. Dental professionals may be eager to incorporate the latest technologies into their practices and into their private lives, but must consider the ethical implications of doing so.

 

AGD Subject Code:  555

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

This course should not be taken in conjunction with L0900 - Dental Ethics and the Digital Age: 2 Hour, Updated 1st Edition.

Fulfills Ethics requirement in the following states: Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

This course is the updated version of course L0724 - Dental Ethics and the Digital Age: 3 Hour

Dental Ethics: A 1-hour Overview for Iowa Dental Professionals

Price: $9.95 
Item # L0949  

Release Date: August 28, 2018

Expiration Date: August 28, 2021

This course satisfies the 1-hour Iowa jurisprudence requirement.

This course provides dental professional a strong understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges, with a particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants will learn the tools to recognize and navigate the complex ethical issues that may arise in practice.

AGD Subject Code: 555

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

Dental Implants: Complications and Peri-Implant Diseases, 2nd edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0893  

Review Date: July 11, 2018

Expiration Date: July 11, 2021

Original Release Date: June 26, 2015

Dental implants are an established treatment modality in dentistry with a high rate of success and few complications. However, complications do occur despite careful treatment planning and meticulous execution of clinical procedures. Surgical complications that can occur include infection, bleeding, wound dehiscence, primary instability of the implant, neurosensory changes, and tissue emphysema. After the implant is osseointegrated, other complications may arise, including inflammatory peri-implant lesions. All these conditions increase the risk of poor outcomes, including implant loss. This intermediate-level course addresses complications associated with dental implants and reviews selective options for their management.

 

AGD Subject Code: 690

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Dental Management for Pediatric Patients with Complex Needs, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0887  

Review Date: September 26, 2018

Expiration Date: September 26, 2021

Original Release Date: May 21, 2012

Pediatric patients with complex healthcare needs are a unique and growing population. Given the current awareness that dental caries are still a significant problem in the pediatric population and that they result from an imbalance of multiple factors, the dental team has the responsibility to identify and educate patients and their families about this disease. This intermediate-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with information on selected morbidities that are typical in children and adolescents, and aids clinicians in developing rational thought processes for gathering information from these patients and their caregivers.

 

AGD Subject Code: 430
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

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