Review Date: April 23, 2018
Expiration Date: April 23, 2021
Original Release Date: May 30, 2014
This basic-level course will familiarize dental healthcare personnel with the rules and regulations applicable to infection control in California’s dental offices, including the Cal/OSHA regulations and the Dental Board of California’s Minimum Standards for Infection Control, as effective August 20, 2011. State regulations are reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect the most current knowledge and to assure optimum levels of safety for personnel and patients. Readers will review terminology, reasons for infection control and adequate disinfection procedures. Every team member will have a working knowledge of what a dental office needs to comply with current state mandates.
AGD Subject Code: 148
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
This course fulfills your California state infection control dental requirements.
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Review Date: March 2, 2018
Expiration Date: March 1, 2021
Original Release Date: March 3, 2012
Dentists must observe microscopic attention to detail in the use of both materials and techniques to achieve the clinical and aesthetic excellence that their patients seek. With higher expectations in quality dental cosmetics, the need for function-with little to no intervention- has created a challenge with many clinicians.
This basic-level course, designed for all dental team members, explains the basics of incorporating magnification into dental practice. The course describes the evolving use of magnification in the field of dentistry. The concept of the magnification continuum is also explained, and the challenges of incorporating magnification into daily dental practice are identified.
AGD Subject Code: 770
Release Date: February 14, 2018
Expiration Date: February 13, 2021
Dentin hypersensitivity is one of the most commonly encountered conditions in a dental practice. Educating patients regarding the risk factors associated with their condition is just as essential as encouraging their involvement with the different in-office and at-home treatment options available. Etiological factors associated with dentin hypersensitivity and various treatment modalities, ranging from over-the-counter toothpastes to lasers in the dental office, will be presented. This intermediate-level course is intended for general practitioners of dentistry. It will help general dental practitioners, as well as the hygienists and assistants in their team, establish a diagnosis and develop plans to treat dentin hypersensitivity with a range of options tailored for the particular etiology encountered per the individual patient’s mouth.
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.
Release Date: January 22, 2018
Expiration Date: January 21, 2021
With nearly 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, it is very likely that dental professionals will encounter patients with HIV/AIDS in their practice. Dental professionals will therefore need to be familiar with the many facets of the disease process and its oral manifestations.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. Dental treatment considerations for patients with HIV/AIDS, when necessary, highlight patient-tailored treatment modifications and proactive medical consultation that may be required before any dental treatment. Clinicians must remain updated in the dental and medical treatment concerns of this complex disease process.
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Thomas has made an appointment with his dentist, Dr. Henry, because he feels that his max-illary complete denture does not fit as it has in the past. He has had to use a denture adhesive because his no longer has the suction and the retention that is characteristic of this denture. Thomas also feels that the shape of his hard and soft palate has changed and feels that there is excess tissue displacing his denture away from the palate.
Thomas has not returned to see Dr. Henry since his dentures were made ten years ago since he was satisfied with the form and function of the dentures. When Dr. Henry reviews Thomas’s medical history he learns that Thomas was diagnosed with HIV about eight years ago. Thomas indicates that he has lost his job in the economic downturn and has not been able to afford his HIV medications for a long time. When he had insurance through his employer he could afford these medications, but was often noncom¬pliant due to the adverse side effects.
When Dr. Henry performs an oral examina¬tion, he notices a moderate-sized bluish-purple lesion that extends from the left ridge crest onto much of the left soft palate. The lesion is elevated and does not bleed. The size of the lesion is such that stability of the denture is compromised as the alteration of the soft pal¬ate anatomy in the area of the posterior palatal seal (post-dam) is lacking and precluding the ability to obtain the characteristic suction seal of the maxillary denture. Thomas just wants Dr. Henry to “fix” his denture so it fits better and so he can stop using his denture adhesive.
California Dental Professionals - This course does not fulfill your infection control requirement.
AGD Subject Code: 752
Review Date: January 10, 2018
Expiration Date: January 9, 2021
Original Release Date: January 13, 2012
This is a basic laser operations course for every member of the dental team. This course provides outlines for safety regulations, discusses varying laser instruments, and the unique effects of laser energy on oral tissue. It also compares benefits and drawbacks of laser use. Several different clinical procedures are included with raw photo documentation. Every laser device is especially designed for a unique dental condition. A practicing clinician must understand each these devices and their power to interact with their target tissues. Whether the laser is removing decay, reshaping the gingiva, removing lesions or used in a whitening procedure, the same underlying principle of laser use apply. In this course, the fundamental principle taught is that the least amount of energy or power should be used to reach the specific treatment outcome.
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.