Success with Older and Medically Complex Patients

Success with Older and Medically Complex Patients

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 Dentist: $1,095.00
 AGD_Member: $1,295.00
 Non_AGD_Member: $399.00
 Staff_Tuition: $479.00


Randy Huffines Dr.

Date and Location:

OAGDF Center

CE Credit:

16 Participation 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. 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, visual and/or hearing impairments and medical conditions such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's. Caries is the primary cause of tooth loss as we age and millions of seniors are partially or totally edentulous, so there is a tremendous need for esthetic and functional conventional and implant supported prostheses. This interactive session 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 session, techniques for restoring caries will be practiced. Using participant presentations and scenarios, participants will use practical resources to simplify the decision-making process for complex patients.

Course Objectives:

• Understand the implications of biologic aging on restorative and preventive dentistry • Discover the latest recommendations for bisphosphonates and antibiotic premedication and complex medication regiments • Evaluate current anti-caries chemotherapeutics including ACP, CCP-ACP, and CCP-ACFP • Understand the impact of residual ridge resorption on removable prosthetic design • 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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