Release Date: March 13, 2019
Expiration Date: March 13, 2022
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, provides an overview of the types of dental dams currently available, and describes the equipment needed to use dams successfully. The steps for standard, quickdam, and slit dam application, inversion, and removal are identified. Minor challenges, such as maneuvering around a bridge, are also addressed.
AGD Subject Code: 250
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
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Most denture patients, as well as patients with removable orthodontic appliances, tend to be haphazard in practice when it comes to cleansing their dental appliances. Dental professionals, most notably dental hygienists, play an important role in controlling denture contamination and in instructing patients in the proper care and sanitization of removable dentures and orthodontic appliances. This basic-level course reviews the diverse colonization of microorganisms found on dentures and the associated oral and systemic health risks, the correlation between candidal infestation of dentures and denture-induced stomatitis, and the pros and cons of various denture cleansing methods.
AGD Subject Code: 670
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Expiration Date: March 5, 2022
Most current dental school curricula do not give dental students the appropriate knowledge base and clinical eperience to treat OSA patient. This recently updated Intermediate-level course discusses the latest evidence-based diagnostic approaches for OSA and outlines recommeneded treatment strategies.
AGD Subject Code: 160
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.
This basic-level course reviews the definitions of ethics and jurisprudence, as expounded by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Indiana State Board of Dentistry. Regulations governing the initial and ongoing educational requirements for dentists and dental hygienists are presented, along with the penalties that may be levied for failure to comply with those regulations. Relevant state and federal laws are introduced.
AGD Subject Code: 770
Fulfills 2-hour ethics, professional responsibility, and Indiana Statutes & Administrative Rules requirement.
Release Date: February 20, 2019
Expiration Date: February 20, 2022
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.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. Such an understanding will help dental professionals make better-informed decisions about which biomaterials are the safest and most effective.
AGD Subject Code: 017
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Expiration Date: January 22, 2022
The growth of the older adult population is expected to rise dramatically with the aging of the baby boomer generation, the first members having turned 70 in 2016. Because age is a significant risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the incidence of this devastating disease is also expected to rise in the United States. This course focuses on the key components of assessment and interventions specific to patients experiencing dementia. The knowledge gained from completion of the course provides healthcare providers with the information and tools to recognize the complexity of issues surrounding a progressive diagnosis of AD.
AGD Subject Code: 750
Western Schools designates this activity for 8 continuing education credits.
Release Date: January 10, 2019
Expiration Date: January 10, 2022
Dental Public Health (DPH) and the private practice model of care delivery together bear the responsibility of assuring optimal oral health for all Americans - individuals and populations. One of the greatest barriers to oral health care is a lack of dental services. This can be called the greatest unmet oral health need in the United States. This intermediate-level course, appropriate for all dental professionals, outlines dental public health, its focus, infrastructure and how the dental public health workforce strives to improve populations oral health.
AGD Subject Code: 149
Review Date: January 2, 2019
Expiration Date: October 30, 2021
Original Release Date: September 4, 2015
Oral healthcare professionals are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of Local Anesthetics to address orofacial pain. Upon completing this intermediate-level course, the learner will be able to discuss the differences among Local Anesthetics typically prescribed for orofacial pain This updated 2018 edition incorporates the findings of these latest research papers as well as current guidelines from regulatory and professional authorities, while continuing to emphasize the founding principles of appropriate Local Anesthetics prescribing.
AGD Subject Code: 340
This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, L0943 - Three Drug Classes: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics, 2nd Edition.
Oral healthcare professionals are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of analgesics to address orofacial pain. Upon completing this intermediate-level course, the learner will be able to discuss the differences among analgesics typically prescribed for orofacial pain This updated 2018 edition incorporates the findings of these latest research papers as well as current guidelines from regulatory and professional authorities, while continuing to emphasize the founding principles of appropriate analgesic prescribing.
Across the United States, dentists prescribe 10.4% of all outpatient antibiotics, making them the top antibiotic prescribers after primary care physicians. After completing this intermediate-level course, the participant will be able to discuss the differences among antibiotics typically prescribed for orofacial infections. The principles learned will also be directly applicable to the appropriate selection of antimicrobial therapy for the pregnant or breastfeeding patient and will aid in recognizing those patients with a significant allergic history and how to best and safely treat them.
Release Date: December 12, 2018
Expiration Date: December 12, 2021
This course will discuss ways in which healthcare providers can incorporate humor into care of individuals and their families. To support the suggestions regarding humor in practice, this text offers discussion of various studies pointing out the efficacy of humor in health care. The target population for this basic-level course is any dental professional who works with patients, as well as any healthcare provider who wants to improve his or her knowledge of therapeutic humor.
AGD Subject Code: 130
Release Date: November 9, 2018
Expiration Date: November 9, 2021
The challenge for the medical and dental staff of correctional institutions in the United States is to provide basic healthcare and dental treatment amid the multiple needs of the inmate population and within the budgetary limitations of the county, state, and federal government.
This basic-level course will highlight the unique environment within the correctional system and the challenges of providing dental care therein.
Release Date: November 8, 2018
Expiration Date: November 8, 2021
Opioid analgesics are among the most effective medications for pain management, but they are also associated with serious and increasing public health problems, such as abuse, addiction, and deaths from opioid overdose. This intermediate-level course, appropriate for all dental professionals, reviews opioid analgesic and antibiotic prescribing practices in dentistry, the impact of opioid analgesic overdose, and prevention strategies to reduce over-prescribing of these agents.
AGD Subject Code: 157
Expiration Date: November 8, 2021
This intermediate-level course will provide an overview of the significant effect of the social determinants of oral health on children, including socioeconomic status (SES), family structure, social environment, culture and healthcare delivery systems. The course will also examine the significant oral health inequalities that exist among children and the importance of social environment on oral health outcomes.
AGD Subject Code: 430
This intermediate level course for healthcare professionals is an introduction into the complex crime of human trafficking, with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and the common symptoms and conditions that occur in trafficked persons. The course provides insights into the facts surrounding human trafficking and relevant health risks for the trafficked person.
AGD Subject Code: 166
Michigan - This course fulfills your human trafficking requirement.
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Expiration Date: October 30, 2021
The American Dental Association recognizes that early childhood caries is a significant public health problem in selected populations and is also found throughout the general population.
This basic level course, appropriate for dentists, hygienist and assistants reviews conventional early childhood caries management and discusses the need for unconventional providers and community workers as effective partners in the prevention and management of this disease.
The ability to light cure dental resins “on demand” in the mouth has revolutionized modern dentistry. Consequently the dental light curing unit (LCU) has become an indispensable piece of equipment in almost every dental office. Despite its routine use, the curing light and how it should be used is not well understood by most operators. This intermediate-level course discusses the current knowledge of dental curing lights and their use in dentistry.
Review Date: October 30, 2018
Original Release Date: March 16, 2016
Oral healthcare professionals (OHCPs) are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of medications for their patients. This course is designed to help them become better-informed prescribers of the top three drug classes employed in dentistry: antibiotics, analgesics, and local anesthetics. This intermediate-level course is specifically designed for all members of the dental healthcare team: dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. Since the goal of providing medication in dentistry 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 course should be considered essential knowledge for all OHCPs, both seasoned and newly credentialed.
Western Schools designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.
Review Date: October 29, 2018
Expiration Date: October 29, 2021
Original Release Date: July 30, 2015
In today’s aesthetically conscious world, more patients demand restorations that mimic the color and appearance of their natural teeth and therefore project an image of health and wellness. This basic-level course describes the evolution of aesthetic direct posterior restorative materials and their limitations and goes on to identify the characteristics, indications, and limitations of aesthetic indirect inlays and onlays. Through the use of clinical case reports, dental professionals learn the steps needed to properly execute aesthetic indirect inlays and onlays, thereby expanding their clinical armamentarium.
Release Date: October 25, 2018
Expiration Date: October 25, 2021
New VIDEO course format.
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 new interactive video course, created with adult learners in mind, uses engaging video and animations to help 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.
This video course should not be taken in conjunction with its hard copy/online version L0900 or with L0948 Dental Ethics and the Digital Age: 3 Hour, Updated 1st Ed.
AGD Subject Code: 555