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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
- 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
Opioids: 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.
An Inside Look at Oral Pathology – 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 Interpretation – 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.
Effective 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.