Dentist: Dental Management for Pediatric Patients with Complex Needs, 2nd Edition

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About Course #L0887

Review Date: September 26, 2018

Expiration Date: September 26, 2021

Original Release Date: May 21, 2012

Pediatric patients with complex healthcare needs are a unique and growing population. Given the current awareness that dental caries are still a significant problem in the pediatric population and that they result from an imbalance of multiple factors, the dental team has the responsibility to identify and educate patients and their families about this disease. This intermediate-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with information on selected morbidities that are typical in children and adolescents, and aids clinicians in developing rational thought processes for gathering information from these patients and their caregivers.

AGD Subject Code: 430

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of preventing dental disease in pediatric patients with complex medical conditions.
  • Identify the complex medical conditions that often affect the pediatric dental population.
  • Describe current medical therapies for treating or managing pediatric patients with certain complex medical conditions.
  • Discuss how different complex medical conditions affect the dental treatment of pediatric patients with these conditions.
  • Describe developmental disabilities that affect the pediatric population and their implications for providing dental care to this population.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author

Paul Subar, DDS, EdD, is an assistant professor of diagnostic sciences and director of the Special Care Clinic/Hospital Dentistry Program at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. His primary interest is access to oral health for patients with special needs, including those with severe medical, developmental, and psychosocial conditions. His work focuses on the delivery of dental care in an operating room setting, as well as daily operations of the Clinic/Hospital Dentistry Program, student education, and several areas of scholarship.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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