$50.00

Course Description

The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants that cause the disease COVID-19 continued persistence in the community has revolutionized the practice of dentistry and demonstrated the importance of quality infection prevention practices. SARS-CoV-2 is classified as an Acute Respiratory Infection by the World Health Organization and can become part of the aerosolized product released into the dental environment. Dental aerosols travel great distances and stay suspended in the air for long periods of time due to their small particle size. They contain pathogenic organisms (bacterial, viral), blood, and saliva and can transmit diseases such as SARS-CoV-2.

This course will present a six-tier multi-layer infection prevention plan to protect everyone in the dental environment from hazardous spatter droplets and aerosols using evidence-based dentistry. The most current recommendations for practicing dentistry during a pandemic from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Organization for Safety and Asepsis (OSAP), and the World Health Organization (WHO) will be discussed.

Course Description

The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants that cause the disease COVID-19 continued persistence in the community has revolutionized the practice of dentistry and demonstrated the importance of quality infection prevention practices. SARS-CoV-2 is classified as an Acute Respiratory Infection by the World Health Organization and can become part of the aerosolized product released into the dental environment. Dental aerosols travel great distances and stay suspended in the air for long periods of time due to their small particle size. They contain pathogenic organisms (bacterial, viral), blood, and saliva and can transmit diseases such as SARS-CoV-2.

This course will present a six-tier multi-layer infection prevention plan to protect everyone in the dental environment from hazardous spatter droplets and aerosols using evidence-based dentistry. The most current recommendations for practicing dentistry during a pandemic from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Organization for Safety and Asepsis (OSAP), and the World Health Organization (WHO) will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the dental professional will be able to:

  1. Define an aerosol and spatter droplet and understand their behavior in the dental environment.
  2. Implement a six-tier multi-layer infection prevention plan to protect everyone in the dental environment from hazardous spatter droplets and aerosols.
  3. Select the personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides the highest protection during a dental aerosol-generating procedure.
  4. Differentiate between surgical and respirator masks and identify which mask provides the best protection during a dental aerosol-generating procedure.
  5. Identify intraoral and extraoral evacuation devises and incorporate the technology in a manner that maximizes protection during a dental aerosol-generating procedure.
  6. Recognize the positive impact high quality ventilation and air decontamination technology can have on the dental environment.