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ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $0.00

Breathwork in Dentistry: Mastering Optimal Breathing Oscillations for Optimal Health

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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:
  • Describe how to regulate your central nervous system.
  • Discuss how to help patients manage anxiety and chronic inflammation using breathwork modalities.
  • Perform breathwork and receive a free guided morning breathwork track.

Abstract

Breathwork is an ancient tradition that has recently captured mainstream and scientific interest because of its breathtaking (pun intended) mental health and anxiety reversing abilities. Join Dr. Cristian Pavel as he explains and demonstrates different breathing modalities to optimize our lives and utilize to help treat our clinical patients. The quality of your breathing is predicated by the quality of your living; research shows that the average adult's respiratory rate is inflammatory, so what happens when we train our respiratory rate to become elite?

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $0.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Instrument Processing: Perfection and Pitfalls

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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, participants will be able to
  • Describe the basic principles of instrument processing in the dental setting
  • Utilize checklists to increase sterilization efficiency
  • Locate reliable resources for infection control

Abstract

Instruments travel from treatment room to sterilization room to storage to patient care. Learn how to assure sterilization with a step-by-step approach. Planning the flow of instrument reprocessing provides a clear, consistent, and easy to follow pathway to a set of steps to assure that contaminated patient-care items are re-processed properly and made safe for reuse.  Common errors and misconceptions will be discussed, along with examples of “dos and don’ts” to help participants to recognize pitfalls and achieve perfection in sterilization of instruments.  

Dental workers are often trained on the job by another team member. Necessary steps to properly  re-processing instruments may get lost in translation.  Instruments that do not achieve sterilization could lead to patient infection transmission. To ensure consistency in sterilization of instruments, dental workers can create personalized checklists.  In addition, they need access to the manufacturer’s directions for use and standard operating procedures for:  sterilizers, ultrasonic or instrument  washers/disinfectors, hand-piece cleaners and all products used for infection control.

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

The Challenges & Rewards of Treating Older Adult Patients

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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, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize how to communicate with older adults (including those with cognitive impairment)
  • Describe the most significant dental problems affecting seniors
  • Incorporate treatment pearls for providing appropriate dental care

Abstract

This webinar is a continuation of Part 1, which aired on January 6, 2022. In Part 2, Dr. Kevin Hendler will review the two biggest problems in geriatric dentistry, additional challenges and rewards of treating older adult patients, as well as provide more restorative solutions and helpful hints.
 

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

The More You Know: Treating Older Adult Patients

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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, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize how to communicate with older adults (including those with cognitive impairment)
  • Describe the most significant dental problems affecting seniors
  • Incorporate treatment pearls for providing appropriate dental care

Abstract

Older adults are the fastest growing segment of the population, making them a growing demographic for dental practices. By 2030, the number of U.S. adults 65 or older will represent 20% of the total U.S. population¹. And more older adults are retaining their natural teeth, resulting in greater need for dental care².

¹Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
²2019 Journal of the American Dental Association study

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

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

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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

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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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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: 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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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.

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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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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.

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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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