Neurologic Diseases in Special Care Patients - L0799


About Course #L0799

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Expiration Date: December 5, 2019

Patients with neurologic diseases require individualized management considerations when being treated at the dental office. Many medications used to treat neurologic diseases can cause xerostomia, which increases caries risk. Additionally, due to impaired cognitive and/ or motor abilities it may be difficult for patients with neurologic diseases to keep up with their oral hygiene.

This basic-level course, appropriate for dentists, hygienists, and assistants, reviews the clinical presentation, medical and dental management, and dental treatment considerations of Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular accidents/stroke, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. As the U.S. population ages and life expectancy increases, the incidence of these four common neurologic diseases is increasing as well. Therefore the dental practitioner must be able to recognize, treat and accommodate these patients accordingly.

AGD Subject Code: 750

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the clinical presentation of Alzheimer's disease, its stages, management, and dental treatment considerations.
  • Recognize the clinical presentation of stroke, its management, and dental treatment considerations.
  • Recognize the clinical presentation of multiple sclerosis, its management, and dental treatment considerations.
  • Recognize the clinical presentation of Parkinson's disease, its management, and treatment considerations.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health and 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.

Course 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.

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