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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Sedation in Dentistry

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

On completion of this program, the student should be able to:
1. Define iatrosedation and give three specific examples
2. Name the three levels of sedation and describe their differences
3. List the standard-of-care monitoring parameters for minimal and moderate sedation
4. Describe the protocol for an oral sedation appointment
5. Describe the protocol for an inhalation sedation appointment
6. Discuss the management of a CNS-depressant (benzodiazepine or opioid) overdose

Abstract

Odontophobia (fear of dentistry) is a real problem. In a 2015 American Dental Association (ADA) survey of patients who had not visited a dentist within the last 12 months, fear of dentistry (22%) was second only to cost (59%). The goal of sedation is to relax an apprehensive or fearful dental patient. Recognized levels of sedation are minimal, moderate, and deep. Sedation techniques include iatrosedation and pharmacosedation. Pharmacosedation administration routes include oral, intramuscular (IM), intranasal (IN), inhalation, and intravenous (IV). Dental boards regulate sedation use, with permit requirements varying state to state. Monitoring during sedation is critical to patient safety. Pulse oximetry, with appropriate alarms, is standard of care during all levels of sedation, and end-tidal CO2 monitoring is standard of care in moderate and deep sedation. Inhalation sedation (N2O-O2) remains the most commonly used sedation technique followed by oral sedation.
Parenteral techniques of moderate sedation are less frequent. Deep sedation and general anesthesia, which require more intensive training, primarily are used by oral surgeons and dentist anesthesiologists.
Inhalation sedation, considered minimal sedation when no other central nervous system (CNS)-depressant drugs are administered, possesses significant advantages (including rapid onset, complete recovery [in most patients], and the ability to titrate) over enteral and other parenteral sedation routes.The most commonly used drugs in both oral and parenteral minimal and moderate sedation are benzodiazepines (triazolam, midazolam) and opioids (fentanyl, meperidine, hydromorphone).
Complications, including overdose, can arise whenever drugs are administered. Managing sedation overdose invokes the concept of “rescue,” the ability “to rescue a patient who enters a state of sedation beyond which is intended.” Management involves use of the emergency algorithm: P_C_A_B_D (Position, Circulation, Airway, Breathing, Definitive care).

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Bringing Dementia Care to Dental Practice

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives


After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
Comprehend why Alzheimer’s disease is now both preventable and treatable
Discover how optimal oral health is critical if patients are to succeed
Realize how a certification in dementia care by dental professionals can benefit patients, the practice, and you

Abstract

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and rising. Until now it has been thought to be a terminal disease with no cure. In the past few years physicians around the country have been using a method called ReCODE developed by UCLA neurologist Dr. Dale Bredesen and many patients are improving their cognition. Periodontal bacteria, airway obstruction, and mercury from amalgams are all root causes of Alzheimer’s that must be addressed by dental professionals. Beginning in the fall of 2020, certification in dementia care was opened to Dentists and Dental Hygienists.

Learn how dental certification can dramatically benefit your patients, your dental practice, and you personally. It is the breakthrough many dental professionals have been seeking that will inspire medical professionals to seek their collaboration. 

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Human Trafficking: Exploring the Dental Implications

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, the reader should be able to:
1. Describe the types of human trafficking that occur both globally and exclusively in the United States
2. Recognize the indicators of human trafficking
3. Know the proper way to add a trauma-informed approach to your practice
4. Incorporate the correct way to approach a victim with a choice of words and actions
5. Recognize the dental indicators that suggest a trafficking victim
6. List 10 physical or behavioral key indicators that your patient may be a trafficking victim.

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Abstract

Though problematic on a global scale, human trafficking has become a heightened concern in the United States. In this course, the types of human trafficking are discussed with variations in gender, locales, and specific laws related to trafficking. Documentation suggests that 87% of victims have seen a healthcare provider during captivity. This course informs healthcare professionals on the clear indicators that suggest trafficking and lists specific protocol to assist not only in reporting the trafficking situation but also in obtaining assistance for the victim. Dental indicators, behavioral indicators, and clear language specific to these situations are presented.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Dental Providers' Drug Reference for the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, the reader should be able to:
• Discuss the origin of orofacial pain and appropriate pain management practices.
• Describe the pharmacodynamics (effects and mechanism of action) of non-narcotic and opioid analgesic classes of drugs.
• Recognize their responsibility and contribution to opioid use disorders and apply proper pain management techniques to help decrease the opioid epidemic in America.

Abstract

Opioid abuse and deaths from overdose have reached epidemic levels in the United States. These drug classes cause significant systemic changes and carry a high risk for tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Dental providers who have the authority to prescribe opioids have a responsibility to the public to ensure appropriate pain management protocols are followed so patients do not run the risk of developing a substance abuse disorder. This course will present information and statistics about commonly misused opioids, pharmacodynamics of non-narcotic and opioid analgesics, and dental pain origin and management.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Special Care For Special Patients - Providing for the Oral Health of Children and Those with Special Needs

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Educational Objectives

After completing this webinar, participants will:
-Determine the most successful methods for placing restorations in the pediatric patient
-Identify the ionic exchange benefits of biologic materials for pulpal vitality
-Prepare for the prevention of micro-leakage and recurrent caries.

Abstract

Children are not little adults, and they often respond to treatment very differently from adults. The same can be stated for many of the special needs patients, who often require more patience and a more forgiving technique in the provision of dental care. Yet the oral health professional must maintain the same high level of care with the same diligence, if not more, than for the “normal” patient. This leads to a conundrum, whereas more treatment must be accomplished, with less resources, and in the most efficacious manner. The aim of this presentation is to guide the attendee through a series of cases, typically seen in clinical practice, and to discuss which treatment technique would be the most acceptable. In addition, newer biointeractive materials will be discussed and clinical procedures for both the “bioactive” and newly introduced bulk fill materials demonstrated.

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

HIPAA COMPLIANCE

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

Upon completing this article, the participant should be able to:


1. Discuss HIPAA and its history.
2. Review dental team members’ role in maintaining HIPAA.
3. Identify HIPAA breaches.
4. State the ways dental practices can protect HIPAA.

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Abstract

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has been in existence since the mid1990s. With the advent of digital dentistry and paperless/ chartless practices, HIPAA takes on a whole new meaning for the dental professional. This article will review HIPAA, its history, dental professionals’ responsibilities, and how practices can protect themselves in the digital age. Dental team members need to understand the implications of HIPAA in the digital age of dentistry. This article reviewed HIPAA and the dental team members’ role in safeguarding protected health information.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Ten Minutes to SAVE A LIFE: Emergency Medicine in Dentistry

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Recognizing & Effectively Managing Medical Emergencies 

After completing this article, the reader will be able to:

1. List and describe the steps in preparation of a dental office recognizing and effectively managing medical emergencies;
2. List the drugs and items of emergency equipment recommended for inclusion in the basic emergency kit;
3. Describe each of the steps in the algorithm for management of medical emergencies; and
4. Discuss the management of medical emergencies and give examples where appropriate.

Abstract

Medical emergencies can — and do — occur in the practice of dentistry. Preparing in advance for potentially life-threatening situations will better enable the office staff to respond quickly and appropriately when they occur. In this article, the four steps of preparation will be reviewed: 1) Basic life support training for all staff members; 2) dental office emergency response team; 3) access to emergency medical services (EMS), and 4) emergency drugs and equipment. Following a review of the basic management of all medical emergencies, specific situations are presented from the perspective of their presenting signs and symptoms: unconsciousness; altered consciousness; respiratory distress; seizures; chest pain; and drug-related emergencies (allergy and overdose).

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

DIAGNOSTICS at Your Earliest Convenience: A Discussion of Disease Prevention

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide information on the 2017 American Academy of Periodontology Classifications regarding gingival diseases, stage I periodontitis, and review case selection, protocols, and common chronic systemic diseases that impact oral disease. After completing this article, the reader will be able to:

1. Describe 2017 AAP Classifications as they relate to gingival diseases and early-stage I periodontitis
2. Identify appropriate case selection and protocols for managing gingival diseases and early-stage I periodontitis
3. Review common chronic systemic diseases that are exacerbated by the presence of oral disease
4. Discern contraindications in treating gingival diseases and risks of substandard therapy
5. Demonstrate appropriate patient communication techniques in delivering treatment recommendations for the management of gingival diseases.

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Abstract

In 2017, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) redefined the way dental professionals classify, or rather “stage,” diseases of the periodontium. With the understanding of the nature of chronic diseases, the AAP created a new set of stages and grades to better help the dental professional effectively identify and treat early and advanced disease. In the release of these stages, dental professionals have now transitioned into healthcare professionals whose clinical paradigms focus around the timely identification and effective prevention of disease. This article discusses the clinical and histologic parameters of early gingival and periodontal diseases, common chronic systemic

diseases as they relate to oral disease, and currently available therapies for the management of these diseases. As a healthcare professional, learn how clearer and more concise diagnostics will align your periodontal model to more effectively prevent and treat disease while supporting patients in evidence-based care.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Dentsply Sirona Preventative.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Don’t Fall Asleep at the Patient Assessment Wheel

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Educational Objectives

  • Discuss the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea and the dental team’s role in managing this condition.
  • Recognize the need for a collaborative approach to assess for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Create calibrated and consistent messaging for OSA treatment options in the dental office.
  • Identify ways to improve on the dentist/hygienist hand off for seamless treatment planning.

Abstract

Do you and your dental hygienist recognize the vital role you each play in identifying and implementing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

More importantly, perhaps, do you have a calibrated, consistent approach to screening and identified patients with OSA? Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, have become a significant health issue in the United States. Dental hygienists are at a pivotal position to discuss risks, characteristics, medical referrals and treatment options for OSA. This course will demonstrate effective communication strategies between the roles of the dentist and dental hygienist and offer opportunities to develop cohesive messaging from assessment protocols to the recommended treatment and appropriate follow-up.

SPONSOR/PROVIDER: This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Dental Learning, LLC and Somnomed.

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Think Differently

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Build your dental practices' community reputation to drive results and explosive growth 

  • Learn why airway has become the new foundation over TMJ and occlusion for every restorative patient.
  • Learn simple, predictable systems your team can implement tomorrow to diagnose.
  • Learn to see the 20% growth that’s sitting in your charts already.
  • For the driven, learn to build your reputation in your community to drive results and explosive growth.

Abstract

Maybe you’re brand new to the practice and you don’t know what to expect. Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while and you’ve seen the downward trends. Worse, maybe you’re living it. What if there were a better way? A way to increase patient satisfaction? A way to increase team commitment? And a way to grow your practice at least 20% in the process? Would you want to learn more?

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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