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Course # 56801 • Behavioral Issues in Dentistry

Overview

The practice of dentistry involves more than clinical procedures. Patients present with a diverse blend of emotions, needs, spirituality, and psychological perspectives that may not be tangible and measurable, but that are a major component in their ability to successfully undergo dental treatment. These factors can combine to influence the patient to seek or to avoid dental treatment. The members of the dental staff also have these components to their personalities, which can influence their interactions with patients and their ability to remain professionally engaged and to maintain optimal mental and physical health throughout their careers. Psychologic and behavioral problems can develop for both patients and members of the dental staff that can interfere with the ability to receive or provide dental treatment. This course will discuss some of the most common behavioral and psychologic issues that confront the patient and members of the dental staff, their potential solutions, coping mechanisms, and the harmful effects of the problems left untreated.

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Education Category: Psychiatric / Mental Health

Release Date: 11/01/2016

Expiration Date: 10/31/2019

Audience

This course is designed for all dental professionals in all practice settings.

Accreditations/Approvals

NetCE Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2021 Provider ID #217994. NetCE is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Dentistry, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is a Registered Provider with the Dental Board of California. Provider Number RP3841. Completion of this course does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits. AGD Subject Code 153. This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 5 unit(s) of continuing education. Dental Board of California course #05-3841-19207. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEU(s) for this program.

Course Objective

In dentistry, psychologic and behavioral issues of patients and staff are a critical component in the ability to develop successful relationships and optimize care. The purpose of this course is to provide dental professionals with the information necessary to identify behavioral issues in their patients and themselves and to address these issues appropriately.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the characteristics of fear, anxiety, and phobias associated with dental treatment.
  2. Outline treatment modalities available for dental patients with anxiety or fear.
  3. Distinguish between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and describe the effects of each upon oral health.
  4. Discuss the basic concept of stress and its physiologic manifestations.
  5. Identify the ramifications of unresolved stress for patients and dental staff.

Faculty

Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985. He received fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

William E. Frey, DDS, MS, FICD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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