According to the ADA dental providers must be able to address patient’s fears and anxiety related to dental procedures. Patient stress factors are among the leading causes of medical emergencies in the dental practice. They also contribute to broken appointments and less compliant patients.
The safe and effective application of natural relaxation therapies continue to gain popularity in today’s healthcare field including the dental profession. These practices, which can be incorporated on a variety of levels, serve to create a trusting and relaxing environment for both patient and practitioner This presentation introduces innovative sensory skills and protocols that can assist and accommodate patients with anxiety, PTSD, heightened sensory issues.
Upon completion of this program the participant will:
- Recognize illnesses associated with chronic stress disorders
- Identify and reference key points of the head and neck area that can be addresses to release tension and anxiety for dental patients.
- Understand the importance of proper risk assessment to identify stress factors for all patients
- Be able establish an atmosphere in the operatory that is conducive to natural relaxation for all patients.
- Recognize the importance of safe and effective utilization of natural relaxation therapies as applied to the dental setting.
Disclaimer: As per ADA guidelines, participants must use caution when using limited knowledge in treating patients. It is always recommended to do further research.
Cathie Collier, RDH, B.Ed, MS, received her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the Fones School at the University of Bridgeport, where she later served as DH Clinical Coordinator. Her recent accomplishment earned her a Masters degree in Health and Healing. Cathie frequently teaches numerous topics fpr PLS on OSHA, Infection Control, HIPAA, Medical Emergencies and CPR.
Cathie is a Core Instructor for PLS and present continuing education courses to dental offices and study clubs. For information, contact Joyce Turcotte RDH, M.Ed., email@example.com
Disclosure: The speaker has nothing to disclose