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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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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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Educational Objectives

  • 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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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis

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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

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information and scientific data on recurrent aphthous stomatitis. On completion of this course, the participant will be able to do the following:
1. List and describe the different types of recurrent aphthous ulcers;
2. Differentiate between recurrent aphthous ulcers and herpes simplex ulcers;
3. List and consider the different types of ulcers and associated conditions that must be part of the differential diagnosis for recurrent aphthous ulcers; and
4. Provide an overview of the types of treatments available for the different categories of recurrent aphthous ulcer patients.

Abstract

Recurrent aphthous ulcers are commonly found in the general population. They consist of minor, major, and herpetiform types. A number of factors are considered to be possible etiological factors for recurrent aphthous ulcers; however, their exact etiology remains unclear. Several systemic diseases and conditions associated with oral ulcerations and other causes of oral ulcerations must be considered during the differential diagnosis. Once a definitive diagnosis for recurrent aphthous ulceration has been made, the patient can be given palliative care for the lesions as well as advice and recommendations on nutrition, oral hygiene practices, and other factors that may be associated with his or her recurrent aphthous ulcers.

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

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Assessing Patient Risk for Dry Mouth and Impact on Oral Health Quality of Life

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Target Audience: Dental Students, Dentists

Duration: 53:22

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Synopsis

The purpose of this webinar is to assist clinicians with the identification of patient populations who are at risk for chronic dry mouth and resultant complications. Participants will learn about a variety of systemic health conditions and contributory risk behaviors that are associated with chronic dry mouth. Quality of life issues, including the impact of living with dry mouth on nutrition, function and comfort will be discussed. Interventions that assist those living with dry mouth, such as salivary stimulants and salivary replacement agents, will be reviewed.

Get CE credit for this course here: http://dentallearning.net/assessing-patient-risk-dry-mouth-and-impact-oral-health-quality-life

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

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Free Webinar: The Secrets of a Productive Practice

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Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists

Duration: 29:43

Synopsis

Dental offices are unique in many ways to the typical business. More often than not, there are fewer than 20 employees, with the majority having fewer than 10. This prompts the need for employee cross-training in all areas to fill vacancies due to vacations, illnesses, or even restroom breaks. Now more than ever, it is important for the business and its employees to be on top of their game.

In this presentation, you will learn how to improve the processes in your dental office to help you manage your practice with confidence and achieve new levels of productivity.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Henry Schein.

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

Etiologies, Sequelae and Management of Dry Mouth

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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

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information on the causes and management of the oral complications of dry mouth. After competing this article, the reader will be able to:

1. Review saliva production and the functions of saliva;

2. List and describe etiologies for dry mouth;

3. Describe common oral complications, signs and symptoms associated with dry mouth; and,

4. Review options for the prevention, management and treatment of oral complications.

Abstract

Dry mouth affects a significant proportion of the population, with an increased prevalence with age. Etiologies include medication use, autoimmune diseases, head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, certain viral infections and a number of other causes. In addition, etiologies of transient dry mouth include dehydration, mouth breathing, snoring, tobacco and alcohol. Given the functions of saliva, the oral complications of dry mouth are significant, including an increased risk of dental caries, dental erosion, oral infections and irritations. Patients also experience difficulties eating, drinking, swallowing and talking. The management and treatment of the oral complications of dry mouth is essential to help restore and maintain oral health and quality of life.

 

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

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

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Biofilm, the host response and treatment in periodontal disease

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this article is to provide information on periodontal disease and the role of biofilm in its development and progression. After completing the article, the reader will be able to:

1. Review the role of biofilm in periodontal disease;

2. Describe the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, destructive and protective chemical mediators;

3. List and describe risk factors; and,

4. Review options for treating chronic periodontitis and their efficacy.

Abstract

Periodontal disease, including gingivitis, is prevalent in the general population. Periodontal pathogens contained in dental biofilm play a central role in periodontitis; however, it is the interactions between the host and the biofilm that influence the onset and progression of the disease. Risk factors include environmental, acquired and genetic factors, some of which are modifiable risks. Initial periodontal therapy is typically nonsurgical scaling and root planing, followed by re-evaluation and periodontal maintenance. Antimicrobials may be used adjunctively, including systemic antibiotics, subantimicrobial doxycycline and locally applied antimicrobials. The use of adjuncts, where indicated, is guided by guidelines, and clinical judgment for the individual patient. The overall goal of therapy is to preserve the dentition and maintain or gain clinical attachment, and to prevent disease recurrence.

 

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

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

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Assessing Patient Risk for Dry Mouth and Impact on Oral Health Quality of Life

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

Educational Objectives

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

•Identify several patient populations at risk for chronic dry mouth.

•Discuss the impact of chronic dry mouth on oral health-related quality of life.

•Describe interventions to improve comfort and function in patients with dry mouth.

Abstract

The purpose of this webinar is to assist clinicians with the identification of patient populations who are at risk for chronic dry mouth and resultant complications. Participants will learn about a variety of systemic health conditions and contributory risk behaviors that are associated with chronic dry mouth. Quality of life issues, including the impact of living with dry mouth on nutrition, function and comfort will be discussed. Interventions that assist those living with dry mouth, such as salivary stimulants and salivary replacement agents, will be reviewed.

 

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

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

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Xerostomia: Assessment, Diagnosis and Interventions

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

Educational Objectives

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the normal protective properties of human saliva.

2. Describe the appearance of the oral cavity in a patient with true salivary hypofunction.

3. Discuss the mechanism of action of how medications alter salivary flow.

4. List several products that can be used to prevent and/or treat oral complications associated with chronic dry mouth.

Abstract

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of xerostomia and the impact of medication-induced dry mouth on oral health. Normal properties of saliva will be reviewed, as well as oral complications that arise from the alterations in and/or loss of protective and antimicrobial effects that occur with hyposalivation. Clinicians will learn how to assess signs and symptoms of xerostomia, including medication-induced dry mouth. Interventions to improve comfort and function in patients with chronic dry mouth will also be discussed.

 

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

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

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Patients with Xerostomia: CAUSES AND TREATMENT OPTIONS

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide the reader with information on xerostomia. At the conclusion of this educational course, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the prevalence and causes of xerostomia;

2. List and describe the signs and symptoms of xerostomia; and,

3. Review management and treatment options for xerostomia.

4. Describe when and how salivary stimulation can be achieved in patients with severe xerostomia.

Abstract

Xerostomia is the subjective sensation of oral dryness, while dry mouth is objective and refers to hyposalivation, defined as reduced or nonexistent salivary flow. The terms xerostomia and dry mouth are often used interchangeably, as is the case in this course. The severity of xerostomia has wide variability, from mild and relatively easily managed cases to severe cases that have a significant impact on the quality of life and are more difficult to manage. While not associated with aging, xerostomia occurs most commonly in older individuals. A variety of medical conditions can have xerostomia as a side effect. The most common etiology, however, is medication induced xerostomia. More than 400 commonly prescribed medications, as well as over-the-counter medications, can cause dry mouth. A diagnosis of xerostomia can be ascertained by a variety of methods, but commonly is achieved by patient dialogue and history. A variety of approaches are available to alleviate its symptoms, with selection depending on the patient and the severity of dry mouth.

 

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

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

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