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“Opioid Use in Dental Pain Management”  February 20, 2021    9am – 12:00pm

Understanding the need for pain control in the dental field is complex and often misunderstood.

“Addressing Special Needs in the Dental Setting”  February 20, 2021    12:30pm – 3:30pm

With the increase in diagnosis of systemic diseases and disorders, the dental team is faced with many challenges in patient care.

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AUSTIN DENTAL HYGIENISTS’ ASSOCIATION PRESENTS:

Amanda Mitchell, RDH, BAS, MA is a graduate of Kellogg Community College with an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene and Siena Heights University with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and a Master’s Degree in Leadership in Higher Education.

She is a professor of dental hygiene and teaches preclinical sciences, advanced clinical sciences, and a variety of didactic courses. Amanda enjoys her time in the clinical and classroom settings with her students and has launched her own board review tutoring business.  She has been a CE speaker and author for major companies in the dental industry and enjoys applying the newest research in her approaches.

Amanda is currently an active member in the Dallas Dental Hygienists’ Association serving as a delegate, trustee, and on multiple committees.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and their two dogs.

“Opioid Use in Dental Pain Management”

Saturday, February 20, 2021    9am – 12:00pm   3CEUs 

Course Description

Understanding the need for pain control in the dental field is complex and often misunderstood. By reviewing the need for pain management, common drugs used in the dental field and their potential negative side effects, recognition of drug-seeking behavior, and communication with patients, the dental provider can effectively implement the use of opioids in a safe, responsible manner.

Objectives

  1. Review standard of care for patients undergoing invasive procedures that may require opioid use.
  2. Learn about common drugs, uses, and potential side effects.
    1. Opioids
    2. Controlled substances
  3. Identify drug-seeking behaviors in relation to opioid use.
  4. Review use of Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and methods to reduce opioid abuse in the dental office.
  5. Comparison of opioid effectiveness in dental pain management versus over-the-counter pain relief options.
  6. Discuss communication styles and tips for patients exhibiting drug-seeking behaviors.

“Addressing Special Needs in the Dental Setting”

Saturday, February 20, 2021    12:30pm – 3:30pm   3CEUs 

Course Description

With the increase in diagnosis of systemic diseases and disorders, the dental team is faced with many challenges in patient care. This course will provide an overview of some diseases and disorders that impact oral health and how the dental provider can help to improve overall health.

Objectives

  1. Review common systemic diseases and disorders seen frequently in the dental setting.
    1. Autoimmune disorders
    2. Neurologic disorders
    3. Accident & injury
    4. Behavioral disorders
  2. Common difficulties in achieving and maintaining oral health for patients with special needs.
  3. Appointment considerations and modifications.
  4. Role of the dental professional in bringing awareness to connection between oral health and overall health.
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AM, PM, BOTH

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