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CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IMPROVE YOUR OUTCOMES - An Update on Protocols, Products, and Treatment Options

Course By:- Tricia Osuna,BSDH, RDH, FAADH

Friday, August 23 - 2 Hours

Course Description:-

Updated protocols assist us in determining our patient’s specific needs. As we move towards a more collaborative profession, we need to embrace these updates to identify those needs. We are presented with continuous challenges of new advances in products and technology and their use in dentistry and are in need information to determine when and how to add them into our armamentaria. As professionals providing health services, our perception of product use along with protocols needs to be discussed with our team as well as the interdisciplinary referrals we have. The process of care (assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation) requires a comprehension of protocols, products and treatment options and how they are to be utilized.

Learning Objectives:

  • Modify diagnosis assistance with the team and rationale for changes in assessment forms and diagnostic tools.
  • Distinguish which new-to-market products should be brought into your practice.
  • Integrate materials and products for a variety of uses in the dental office from infection control, dental hygiene therapy, oral cancer screening, patient communication and instrumentation.
  • Develop effective communication with patients and assist in the business of the dental practice.

An Infection Control Update for Dental Professionals

Course By:- Heather Rogers, RDH, BSDH

Friday, August 23 - 2 Hours

Course Description:-

This two-hour course will discuss the Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for Dentistry and subsequent COVID updates regarding proper infection control standards and recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the Centers for Disease Control infection control guidelines with the latest COVID updates.
  • Demonstrate how to avoid cross contamination in your practice.
  • Concentrate on safe implementation of practices that protect you, personnel, and your patients.

LET’S GET LASER FOCUSED! Diode Lasers in the Hygiene Practice

Course By:- Lynn Atkinson RDH

Friday August 23 - 2½ Hours

Course Description:-

The Diode Laser has become the most utilized laser in dentistry today especially in the hygiene department. Diode lasers are soft-tissue lasers that have many advantages over traditional surgical and therapeutic techniques including less pain, faster healing, preciseness, and bacterial reduction. Some of the most used diode laser procedures in the hygiene department are Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR), Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT), Hemostasis, and the treatment of oral lesions (aphthous ulcers, herpetic lesions, denture sores, etc). This course will introduce common diode laser procedures, techniques used in the hygiene department, and how to incorporate lasers into your practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the laser procedures and benefits most used in the hygiene department.
  • Understand the laser device, settings, and capabilities.
  • Describe tips and techniques to achieve the best results with your patients.
  • Discuss strategies for communicating and educating patients about lasers.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! Engaging The Periodontist for Peak Patient Care

Course By:- Laurence Ambrose, DDS, MS

Saturday, August 24 - 2 Hours

Course Description:-

Feel “in over your head” with certain patients? Are you concerned about progression of periodontal disease despite your best efforts? You’re not alone! One of the most frequently asked questions by dental hygienists is, “When should I refer?” This presentation will provide a framework to determine the right time to refer a patient and how you and your dentist can collaborate with a periodontist for optimal patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand current referral patterns between general dentists and periodontists.
  • List five roadblocks to referring – and ways to overcome them.
  • Identify “red flag” patients that should be considered for immediate referral.

Unlocking Periodontal Excellence: Strategies for Achieving Optimal Outcomes

Course By:- Carol Jahn, RDH, MS

Saturday, August 24 - 2 Hour

Course Description:-

Effectively managing periodontal patients and achieving optimal outcomes can present significant clinical challenges. Recent research emphasizes the importance of assessing and managing the factors that increase a patient’s risk for periodontitis and its progression. This course will review the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Staging & Grading process, providing participants with practical guidance on how to effectively assess and classify periodontal disease. Participants will learn how to create persuasive talking points that effectively communicate the importance of periodontal treatment to patients. By the end of this course, participants will have the knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of periodontal patient care ultimately achieving better treatment acceptance and improved clinical outcomes.

Topics Covered:

  • AAP Classification System/Staging & Grading.
  • Risk assessment: smoking, diabetes, biofilm.
  • Periodontal debridement/SRP/Maintenance.
  • Personalized self-care strategies.
  • Communication & behavior change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of staging & grading.
  • Discover the power of skilled inquiry when taking patient histories.
  • Utilize the patient history to personalize care.
  • List the key risk factors for the risk, severity, and progression of.

Periodontitis:

  • Evaluate the research on periodontal debridement.
  • Discuss the role of evidence-based standards in clinical care.
  • Develop key messages and strategies for motivating patients.
  • Recommended personalized self-care strategies/products.

Have a Heart: Practical Advice for Caring for Patients with Heart Disease – Part I

Course By:- Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH

Saturday, August 24 - 3 Hours

Course Description:-

Lifestyle choices can prevent and/or reduce risk, but heart disease remains the most common chronic health problem and killer of men and women in the United States. Advances in cardiology have increased length of disease-free survival and improved function and quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease. Staying current with new treatment interventions used in the management of heart disease is a daunting task. In Part I of this two-part series, common cardiac conditions, including hypertension, coronary artery disease and heart failure will be reviewed. This webinar will provide practical information that clinicians can use to safely treat patients with heart disease in the dental setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the pathophysiology and related signs/symptoms of hypertension, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.
  • Identify factors to assess during the medical history review and information required to support clinical decision-making when planning treatment for patients with hypertension, coronary artery disease and heart failure.
  • Discuss treatment interventions used to improve cardiac function and reduce cardiac complications,
    including drugs and devices.
  • Describe strategies for use in daily practice to manage patients with heart disease safely.
  • Discuss preventive interventions to promote oral and systemic health in patients with heart disease.

Have a Heart: Practical Advice for Caring for Patients with Heart Disease – Part II

Course By:- Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH

Course Description:-

Lifestyle choices can prevent and/or reduce risk, but heart disease remains the most common chronic health problem and killer of men and women in the United States. Advances in cardiology have increased length of disease-free survival and improved function and quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease. In Part II of this two-part series, common cardiac conditions, including cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction and stroke will be reviewed. This webinar will provide practical information that clinicians can use to safely treat patients with heart disease in the dental setting. Completion of Part I in the series is not required to attend this webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the pathophysiology and related signs/symptoms of cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction and stroke.
  • Identify factors to assess during the medical history review and information required to support clinical decision-making when planning treatment for patients with cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction and stroke.
  • Discuss treatment interventions used to improve cardiac function and reduce cardiac complications, including drugs and devices.
  • Describe strategies for use in daily practice to manage patients with heart disease safely.
  • Discuss preventive interventions to promote oral and systemic health in patients with heart disease.

What’s New in Clinical Pharmacology

Course By:- Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH

Sunday, August 25 - 3 Hours

Course Description:-

All dental professionals encounter patients with complex medical histories who take multiple medications, many of which have oral complications and drug interactions of significance to dentistry. The purpose of this course is to provide clinicians with practical guidance about the information needed to support decision-making with treating medicated, medically complex dental patients safely. Commonly prescribed medications, including their indications/contraindications and relevant systemic and oral side effects will be reviewed. Other topics include changes to the American Heart Association guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of infective endocarditis, antibiotic stewardship, post-operative pain management and safe prescribing practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and discuss commonly prescribed medications taken by patients treated in the oral health care setting.
  • Discuss changes to antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines according to the 2021 American Heart Association Scientific Statement for the prevention of viridans Streptococcal infective endocarditis.
  • Discuss strategies for managing dental pain, including the use of non-opioid pain relievers.
  • Discuss how to reduce the unnecessary use of opioids and benzodiazepines to prevent drug misuse and reduce risks for drug diversion and drug overdose.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Indications, oral side effects, interactions and practice implications of the top 20 most commonly prescribed medications in the United States.
  • New AHA indications and alterations in drug dosage regimens for antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infective endocarditis.
  • Antibiotic stewardship in dental practice: clinical practice guidelines for the appropriate use of antibiotics in dentistry.
  • Prescribing strategies to manage post-operative dental pain.
  • Reducing unnecessary use of opioids and benzodiazepines: guidance and recommendations to prevent misuse and reduce risks for overdose and drug diversion.

Botox and Dermal fillers- Lighting the Path to Certification and Implementation in the dental practice.

Course By:- Andrea Keefer, RDH

Course Description:-

This informative seminar is designed for those interested in understanding the pathway to certification as a Botox and dermal fillers injector and exploring the benefits and integration of these treatments into their dental practice. Participants will gain insights into the value that Botox and dermal fillers bring to a dental office, the courses required for certification, the role that hygienists can play and the legal considerations in Arizona. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the steps necessary to become certified and practical considerations for incorporating these procedures into the dental practice to enhance patient care and satisfaction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Pathway to Certification: Discuss the importance of obtaining certification and the skills gained from specialized courses.
  • Recognize the Value of Botox and Dermal Fillers in Dental Practice: Understand how these treatments can enhance the services offered by a dental practice and improve patient satisfaction.
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