Success with Older and Medically Complex Patients/ Special Patient Workshop

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Success with Older and Medically Complex Patients/ Special Patient Workshop

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 Session I and II:

Non-AGD Member: $879.00
AGD Member: $749.00

Session I Only
AGD Member: $399
Non-AGD Member: $479
Staff Tuition: $149.00

Doctors wanting to register for Session I only at a discounted rate, please call OAGD at 503-228-6266 to register.  


Dr. Randy Huffines 

Date and Location:

Friday, April 27, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:30am-12:30pm

Oregon Medical Association
11740 SW 68th Pkwy, Suite 100
Portland, Oregon 97223

CE Credit:

12 Combination Credit Hours

Completion of both session meets the Mastership Award 12-credit requirement for "750- Special Patient Care".

Course Overview: Session I

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. 

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.


Course Overview: Session II (Dentist Only)

This workshop will build your confidence and skill needed to successfully treat medically complex and special needs adults in your practice. Treating older, medically complex patients or those with special needs requires treatment modifications to ensure success and efficiency. In this hands-on course, techniques for restoring caries will be practiced. Then using real-world scenarios, participants will use practical resources to simplify the decision-making process for complex patients. Attendees may also submit their own cases in advance to be discussed in workshop.

Course Objectives:

  • Select restorative materials for root caries
  • Properly use cervical matrices and the passive wedge technique
  • 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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