This course fulfills the maximum CE hours allowed to be completed online or by correspondence.
10-Hour New Jersey Dental Hygienist Package
- Chapter 1: The Dental Provider’s Role in Identifying Child Abuse ~ 2 CE hours
- Chapter 2: Diagnosing and Managing Care Plans for Patients with Periodontal Disease ~ 2 CE hours
- Chapter 3: Peri-Implantitis: Basics and Beyond ~ 2 CE hours
- Chapter 4: Updates on Laser Therapy in Dentistry and Integration in the Dental Office ~ 4 CE hours
A Dental Professional's Field Guide to Substance Abuse
- List the most common oral symptoms of illegal drug use.
- Explain the mechanism and role of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, in addiction.
- Distinguish between drinking habits of social alcohol users vs. alcohol-dependent drinkers.
- Compare and contrast substance abuse, physical dependence, and addiction.
- Explain how a poor diet and xerostomia, in combination, contribute to decay.
- Compare and contrast the hazards of smoking methods such as cigarettes, cigars, and hookahs.
- List the most common oral cancerous and precancerous conditions associated with cigarette smoking.
- List the segments of the U.S. population most likely to use smokeless tobacco.
- List contraindications for patients who are excessive alcohol users and reformed alcoholics.
- List the oral conditions more common in marijuana smokers.
- Describe the oral indications of stimulant abuse.
- List the potential adverse drug interactions for patients who use cocaine.
- Contrast patterns of drug use between designer-drug users and traditional drug users.
- Describe the characteristics associated with meth mouth, including why meth mouth is a misleading term.
- Describe the implications of chronic IV drug use on the oral cavity.
- List the most common sources for nonmedical opioid prescription drugs.
- Describe the physiological effects that most commonly cause fatalities with excessive opioid use.
- Define nonmedical use of prescription drugs, according to the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
- List strategies for minimizing prescription drug diversion through responsible prescribing practices.
- List common characteristics and strategies of drug-seeking behavior.
- Explain the potential drug interactions and contraindications of anesthesia and sedation for the following types of drug abuse: alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, and opioids.
- Discuss strategies for pain control in opioid addicts or former addicts.
- Explain the rationale for drug screening and intervention in the dental office.
- List the bodies of law and legal requirements governing communication among health care providers regarding substance abuse.
- Explain the significance of the 5 A’s and SBIRT in substance abuse intervention.
This course reviews current recommended practices in providing dental care for patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. It includes a review of blood composition, the anatomy of the heart and circulatory system, and the cardiac conduction system. The course discusses several forms of cardiovascular disease, including their risk factors and treatments, as well as required treatment modifications in the dental setting. It also addresses the prevention and management of cardiovascular emergencies.
Caring for the Dental Patient with Cardiovascular Disease: Current Recommendations
- Identify the leading cause of death in the United States.
- List the components of the cardiovascular system.
- List the components of blood.
- Describe the anatomy of the heart.
- Describe the conductive pathway of the heart.
- Name several types of cardiovascular disease.
- Identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
- Explain the relationship between oral disease and cardiovascular disease.
- State the blood pressure that defines hypertension according to the 2017 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.
- Describe infective endocarditis, and explain its relationship to dental procedures.
- Describe the current antibiotic prophylaxis regimen for infective endocarditis as recommended by the American Heart Association.
- State the cardiovascular conditions for which antibiotic prophylaxis prior to dental procedures is currently recommended by the American Heart Association.
- State the criteria that determine which dental procedures warrant antibiotic prophylaxis as recommended by the American Heart Association.
- Describe the finding on a panoramic radiograph that may indicate cardiovascular disease in the head and neck.
- List vital signs that should be documented as part of dental treatment records.
- Give examples of medications prescribed to treat cardiovascular disease.
- Identify side effects of cardiovascular medications seen in the oral cavity.
- Review the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
- Review the use of cardiovascular emergency drugs in the dental setting.
- Develop an emergency plan for the dental setting in the event of a cardiovascular emergency.
Dental Office - Preventing Medical Errors
- Estimate the prevalence of medication errors in the United States according to the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report.
- Identify the responsibilities of a dentist or dental health care attendant when an adverse event occurs.
- Define the following terms:
- Sentinel event.
- Root-cause analysis.
- Adverse event.
- Medical error.
- Medication error.
- Name three organizations that collect adverse event reports.
- Name three databases of adverse event reporting.
- Describe the objectives and sequence of events in a root-cause analysis.
- Define a dental device and explain its risk potential.
- List examples of the most common dental-related adverse events.
This course provides an overview of common prescription and certain over-the-counter medications administered to children for prevalent systemic health conditions and diseases, and the impact these drugs have on a child’s oral health. This course will also discuss medicinal marijuana (although not legal in all states). The goal is to educate the dental team on specific considerations and observations they should make during ongoing care as they relate directly to said medications.
Dental Side Effects of Common Pediatric Prescriptions
- List at least five common medications or types of drugs prescribed to children and what they are used for.
- Describe the oral side effects and risk factors of at least three drugs administered to manage specific pediatric medical conditions.
- Examine a child’s mouth and link specific findings and risks associated with the medication.
- Identify sources to use as reference material for determining drugs that pose specific risks to pediatric dental health.
- Develop preventative strategies for pediatric patients to minimize the impact of medication use and work with parents to reduce the risks of negative oral health implications.
This course includes an overview of sterilization protocols within the dental practice setting, including proper storage, maintenance of instruments, and the equipment used for patient care.
Instrument Sterilization and Maintenance Tips for Dental Staff
- Assess changes that ought to be implemented in existing infection control practices to conform with standardized guidelines.
- Describe standards for sterilization and disinfection based on the type of instrument that is being used.
- Adapt current practices to minimize the risk of cross contamination and injury during sterilization.
- Discuss the guidelines on instrument sharpening.
- Explain proper storage mechanisms for instruments after sterilization and prior to patient use, as well as how these vary depending on the type of sterilization method or packaging used.
- Demonstrate proper disinfection, maintenance, and sterilization of a motorized handpiece.
Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
- Identify medical emergencies that may occur in a dental practice.
- Recognize symptoms of specific medical conditions.
- Describe warning signs that can occur before a medical emergency.
- Identify situations that should cause a delay in dental care.
- Describe how to position a patient who is experiencing a medical emergency.
- Define an office emergency action plan.
- List essential equipment and medications that should be kept in an in-office emergency kit.
Medicinal Marijuana Use by the Dental Patient
- Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
- Describe oral symptoms found in individuals who are exposed to marijuana smoke.
- List the names of three pharmaceutical drugs available on the market that contain marijuana-derived products.
- List examples of medical conditions where a patient may choose to use marijuana to manage their symptoms.
- Identify situations where dental procedures may be contraindicated due to cannabis use.
- Develop appropriate medical questionnaires and interview processes for their practice to screen for medicinal (or recreational) marijuana use in patients.
- Implement a home-care regimen for patients to minimize the dental side effects of marijuana use.
- Provide examples of why patients may want to consider giving up smoking cannabis.
Oral Health Considerations for Geriatric Patients
- Express ways to utilize preventative planning techniques for patients approaching their senior years.
- Explain the responsibilities and duties of long-term care facilities related to daily oral care and maintenance.
- Evaluate traditional care-planning modifications as they pertain to the function and dietary needs of older individuals.
- Discuss dexterity concerns typically found in older patients and list modifications that may be appropriate.
- List factors that may call for prioritizing dental needs differently than for younger, healthier patients.
- Name common misconceptions about tooth retention, loss and geriatric oral health.
This course offers general knowledge regarding soft tissue grafting techniques used in periodontics. Topics range from a history and rationale of the approach to different techniques and therapeutic advantages thereof. The course discusses the approach to soft tissue grafting as far as evaluation and when to refer. It concludes with expected and unexpected outcomes as they relate to healing, as well as long-term effects of different therapies.
Soft Tissue Grafting: From When It All Began to Today
- Describe the biological principles of therapy and rationale for treatment.
- Recite soft tissue grafting history and justify indications of soft tissue grafting techniques.
- Determine the proper evaluation as it relates to situations for indication/contra-indication of grafting and when to refer.
- Report on and implement the techniques that can be applied in both general and specialty practice.
- Determine what to expect for outcomes based on clinical presentation and long-term follow-up.