Success with Older and Medically Complex Patients/ Special Patient Workshop

Success with Older and Medically Complex Patients/ Special Patient Workshop

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 Dentist: $879.00
 AGD_Member: $749.00
 Staff_Tuition: $149.00


Randy Huffines Dr.

Date and Location:

Saturday, Nov 18, 2017
Friday, Nov 17, 2017
Portland, Oregon

CE Credit:

12 Combination Credit Hours

Course Overview:

In this entertaining and informative presentation, Dr. Huffines will share solutions to common everyday problems that arise when treating older and medically complex adults. Catch the Age Wave and prepare your practice for a successful present and future! According to ADA, 30% of the income in the typical general practice comes from treating seniors. This patient base is expected to double to over 79 million in the next few years. The entire dental team must be trained to meet the unique needs of seniors as cases can be more challenging due to the complex array of medical and dental conditions that are common in older generations. Considerations include medication use for a variety of problems such as xerostomia, poor hemostasis, gingival overgrowth, and adverse drug interactions. Visual and/or hearing impairments can lead to misunderstandings between the patient and the dental team. Medical conditions such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's require alteration in "normal" dental treatment to assure a successful outcome. Caries is the primary cause of tooth loss as we age requiring the use of the latest adult preventive protocols. Millions of seniors are partially or totally edentulous, so there is a tremendous need for esthetic and functional conventional and implant supported prostheses. Treating older, medically complex patients or those with special needs can be a very rewarding part of your practice. However, these patients require modification to the delivery of care that adds a layer of uncertainty and inefficiency to clinical practice. Because root caries is such a common problem in these patients, Dr. Huffines will begin with proven techniques for restoring these lesions. Then using real-world scenarios, participants will receive hands-on training in the use of practical resources to simplify the decision-making process for these complex patients. Working in small groups, participants will formulate treatment modifications specific for the given patient’s particular medical, mental, social, and economic circumstances. Attendees may also submit their own cases in advance to be included. This workshop will build your confidence and skill needed to successfully treat medically complex and special needs adults in your practice.

Course Objectives:

Understand the implications of biologic aging on restorative and preventive dentistry Discover the latest recommendations for antibiotic premedication and those taking bisphosphonates Evaluate current anti-caries chemotherapeutics including ACP, CCP-ACP, and CCP-ACFP Properly manage patients on complex medication regiments Understand the impact of residual ridge resorption on removable prosthetic design. Avoid esthetic and functional problems in implant-retained removable prostheses. Select restorative materials for root caries based on specific patient characteristics Properly use cervical matrices and the passive wedge technique Select step-wise and incomplete caries removal options for various clinical situations. Adapt the principles of the heterogeneity of aging and life span to treatment planning Prevent pitfalls when seeking medical consultation.

About the Clinician:

Instructor Bio: Dr. Randy Huffines is one of only a handful of practicing clinicians in the United States who has completed a two year postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry. For the past 33 years he has primarily treated older and medically complex adults in a traditional private practice, in hospitals, and in nursing homes. He is a Past President and a Fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, Diplomate of the American Board Special Care Dentistry, and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland with a membership in Special Needs Dentistry. In 2004 he was appointed to the American Dental Association's Elder Care Task Force. He has served on the Editorial Board of two major dental drug references. Randy holds faculty appointments in colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and allied health sciences. As a frequent conference speaker, he is known for his ability to take complex oral health issues and translate them into easy-to-understand concepts and practical techniques the entire dental team can use immediately with their patients.
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