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The Challenge: Dental Anxiety – Presented by Anna Louise Tolan, RDH

Statistics Canada says 40% of Canadians have some level of dental fear. Dental anxiety is a significant deterrent for clients to seek much needed dental treatment.  It is often described as a vicious cycle of avoidance behaviour.  This session focuses on key areas designed to break the cycle.  Increase your understanding of dental anxiety, fear and phobia.  Create dental anxiety management strategies with your client to assist in achieving improved oral health

Learning objectives:

  • Increase your ability to assess and identify patients experiencing dental anxiety, fear and phobia
  • Increased awareness of creating an environment that is trusting and comfortable for our clients to receive oral care
  • Understand the need for reward and recognition
  • Recognize the importance of thorough documentation


lancaOpioids: The good, the bad and the ugly – Presented by Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD

Pain management plays an important role in health care, and opioids are potent analgesics with specific therapeutic indications.  Repeated administration of opioids (OP), however, is associated with serious risks including tolerance, dependence and abuse. In North America, OP abuse has become an issue of epidemic proportions. The World Health Organization’s “Pain Management Ladder” is a useful tool to choosing the most appropriate analgesic.


Eating Disordersclark – Presented by Dr. David Clark

Eating disorders represent a serious, life threatening illness affecting a disproportionate number of females, often arising during early adolescence. Adolescence is a time for a search for individuality, purpose and independence, when identification with peer groups becomes increasingly important. Constant media bombardment with images of ultimate thinness has pushed dieting into the realm of socially acceptable behaviour. The etiology of eating disorders is however, more complex, involving an intricate interplay among biological, psychological and social issues (biopsychosocial model) and possible genetic predispositions.

While food appears to be the central issue, it is really the characterization of food-related problems that become an outlet for the expression of a variety of more serious underlying issues. The result becomes a problematic coping strategy. Dieting quickly becomes a measure of self-esteem giving the individual a sense of personal control resulting in an ongoing obsession with weight loss, food and exercise. This change in focus perpetuates the illness with potentially severe consequences. The mind develops a distorted or even delusional thought process around body image, perceiving oneself as continually being too fat. Psychopathology quickly translates into a physiopathology defining a particular subtype of eating disorder.


clarkBipolar Disorder: “A Roller Coaster of Mood” – Implications for Dental Care – Presented by Dr. David Clark

Mood disorders are characterized by disturbances of one’s mood, thought and behaviour resulting in severe distress and loss of control.

Bipolar disorder is one type of mood disorder characterized as being episodic and recurrent in nature and often manifested by two diametrically opposed moods: mania and depression. While listed in the top ten of the most debilitating of all non-communicable diseases worldwide, misdiagnosis remains common particularly in the early stages of the disease when an individual presents only with depressive symptoms having no established history of mania or hypomania.


Psychiatric Illness Introductionclark – Presented by Dr. David Clark

Join Dr. Clark in this introduction to mental illness and learn about how mental illness impacts your clients and gain an understanding of how closely mental health and oral heath are intertwined.

Psychiatric illness and its medical management carry significant risks for oral disease. Although mental illness is common, in many cases it is misunderstood, remains unrecognized, or is undertreated. Mental illness and the resulting disabilities create difficulties not only for the client but also for one’s family and friends, not the least of which remains the highly-stigmatized nature of the disease itself. Understanding the type, severity, stage of mental illness, along with a client’s own mood, motivation and personal perceptions of oral disease and lifestyle can enhance the knowledge of dental professionals concerning this critical aspect of a client’s medical history and further illustrates how closely mental health and oral health are intertwined.


tolanTo Serve, Preserve, and Protect: Treatment planning for life – Presented by Anna Louise Tolan, RDH, FADIA

The reality is our clients are living longer.  Statistics Canada says by 2024, 20 per cent of the population will be over 65 years of age.  This means, as preventive health-care specialists, we need to focus on educating our clients on their oral condition and together create a long-term vision designed to preserve and protect their dentition — and oral health.

Using cutting-edge techniques, this course will help participants assess the oral condition, identify risk factors and make sure clients know the implications of their condition.  The session places importance on having dialogue with clients and asking the right questions to determine why the oral condition is deteriorating and ensure their commitment to continuity of care.  The goal is to enhance your skills to identify the signs and symptoms of declining healthy dentition and through effective communication and ongoing education become a trusted advisor to your clients.


An Inside Look at Oral Pathologygurenlian – Presented by JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD

One of the major responsibilities of a dental hygienist in treating a client is to examine the structures of the head and neck and oral cavity for possible pathologic conditions. This course is designed to offer the hygienist an opportunity to refresh one’s memory of the etiology, clinical features, differential diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of a variety of oral pathoses. The management of these lesions will be discussed in terms of proper client handling, referral sources and post-treatment care.


Radiographic Interpretationbarlow – Presented by Dr. Ross Barlow

The Radiographic Interpretation course is designed to review the discipline of oral radiographic interpretation. It is not intended as a comprehensive course in this discipline and it is assumed that course participants have a previous competency in radiography. In the following presentations, the material covered will deal with radiographic images that one may expect to see in practice.


bennettEffective Tobacco Interventions: You can make it happen – Presented by Monica Bennett

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, and the majority of tobacco users want to quit. Tobacco cessation interventions are proven to be effective in helping tobacco users make an attempt to quit. Dental hygienists have an important role to play in supporting clients to stop using tobacco. In fewer than three minutes, they can make a difference in the health of their clients. Participants will learn about cessation tools and resources, including the Smokers’ Helpline Fax Referral Program, to help clients quit tobacco use.