Innovative Ways to Manage Your Patient’s Anxiety, Fear Sensory Issues and Special Needs (Saturday, September 28, 2019)

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  • $179.00

This course complies with CT dental mandate for patients with special needs.  All dental healthcare providers that have patients exhibiting behaviors addressed in this seminar should attend.

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  • CEUs
    6
  • Day
    Saturday
  • Region
    Southern Connecticut / New York
  • Target Audience
    Dentists, RDHs, staff
  • Teaching Method
    Lecture
  • Course Materials
    PLS confirmation and handouts- bring to class
  • Course Number
    19CTR

Join in on this highly informative and engaging topic, relevant to everyday practice, by two dynamic speakers. The seminar has been expanded to all day based on reviews from previous attendees. 

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.  

Cathie Collier's Course Objectives:  

Upon completion of this program the participant will:

  1. Recognize illnesses associated with chronic stress disorders
  2. Identify and reference key points of the head and neck area that can be  addresses to release tension and anxiety for dental patients. 
  3. Understand the importance of proper risk assessment to identify stress factors for all patients
  4. Be able establish an atmosphere in the operatory that is conducive to natural relaxation for all patients.
  5. Recognize the importance of safe and effective utilization of natural relaxation therapies as applied to the dental setting. 

Dr. Tyrone Rodriguez will incorporate three topics in this seminar: 

1. Special needs patient management, an overview:
Currently about one in eight Americans has a disability. This means the chances of your encountering a patient with a disability are considerably higher in the dental setting because of the challenges they have in maintaining proper oral hygiene and having providers that feel comfortable with caring for them.

This course will aid in:
A. recognizing groups of disabilities
B. how these disabilities impact oral health
C. strategies you can use to assist this population

2. Understanding Autism
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the rate of Autism is one in 59. As dental professionals what can be done to help this demographic?

This course will aid in:
A. recognizing this scope of conditions 
B. Seeing how oral health is impacted 
C. What can oral health professionals do to help care for this group of unique patients

3. Nutrition and Dentistry
We are what we eat but do we fully understand how nutrition and diet impacts oral health?

This course will aid in:
A. understanding nutrition and how it affects oral health 
B. How nutrition affects the Microbiome
C. How we can help our patient’s oral and overall health with better nutrition choices

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 in Dental Hygiene Education degree 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 for 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., jturcotte@pls.org 


Tyrone Fernando Rodriguez, Sc.B., D.D.S.received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience from Brown University. His further study includes a Masters of Arts in Teaching Program, Rice University; Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, and postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Dr. Rodriguez also achieved an AAPD-Samuel D. Harris Fellowship, Chicago, IL

Dr. Rodgriguez's work experience with children who have special needs is extensive and his ability to address this topic as an educator and clinician with expertise is the result of extensive and varied experience with diverse populations.

Disclosure: The speakers have nothing to disclose.
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