Friday, October 5, 2018 from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM EDT
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Water's Edge Events Center 
4687 Millennium Drive
Belcamp, MD 21017

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Annie Caporellie 
CHEP Inc. 

Dental Management of
(Medically) Complex Patients 

Dr. Sydnee Chavis

We are at capacity for this program and will NOT accept walk-in registrations!

Course Description: 

Dental care and dental treatment are paramount to health. However, the provision of routine dental care can become quite complicated for patients with medical comorbidities and special health care needs, with increasing consideration the more complex the patient’s medical history. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and chronic infectious diseases, to name a few, has necessitated increased communication of dentists with physicians, as well as increased medical involvement by the dentist. The aging population, as well as growing population of patients with special needs (intellectual and developmental disabilities) has contributed to the increased medical management of patients for dental care. Many medications for these diseases also carry significant dental implications. Appropriate and routine oral and dental care contributes to improved health outcomes, but this care must be rendered in a manner that is safe and attentive to patients’ systemic health concerns. Such considerations include necessity for antibiotic prophylaxis, pre-procedural lab value verification, evaluation for patient optimization, and reduction of post procedural complications. Patients may also require modifications to medication regimens. We will discuss the implications of certain conditions and medications on dental management and treatment, potential concerns and complications from these dental treatments, and methods to reduce these complications.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Critically assess a patient's medical history and assess need for further evaluation or information.
2. Comprehend the implication of several common medical diagnoses on patients' physiology and function.
3. Comprehend the oral and dental implication and effect of several common medical diagnoses.
4. State current clinical guides for antibiotic prophylaxis for dental patients.
5. Summarize how to communicate with the medical team to optimize a patient for dental treatment and anticipate/avoid dental treatment complications by better understanding a patient's medical history.
6. Support patients who have difficulty tolerating dental treatment and understand modification and accommodations that can be made to provide appropriate and clinically sound care for complex patients. 

Speaker Information: 

Dr. Chavis is a clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with a focus on special care, geriatrics, and the dental management ofmedically complex and medically compromised patients. She earned her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, completing her thesis on the management of patients with special healthcare needs, and completed her advanced training at the University of Michigan in hospital dentistry. Her clinical focus is the provision of care for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the dental treatment of patients with significant and severe medical comorbidities.

Registration Fees
Dentists: $195 

Dental Hygienists: $159
Dental Assistants & Staff: $145
VA Employees: $35

Prices increase 2 weeks prior to program date.  Registration will close 2 days prior to the program date.  We are at capacity for this program and will NOT accept walk-in registrations.

Registration includes a continental breakfast and full buffet lunch.

Department of Veterans Affairs Employees:

  • If registering as a Department of Veterans Affairs Employee you are REQUIRED to provide proof of employment at program check in, with your Federal government issued Department of VA ID badge. If you do not have your badge you will not be granted access to the program or you can choose to pay the regular rate.

Continuing Education

  • 6 Contact Hours
  • Chesapeake Health Education Program Inc. is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. 
  • Chesapeake Health Education Program Inc. designates this activity for 6.0 continuing education credits.

Target Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Adiministrators and Staff

Evaluation and Certificate: 
  • All attendees are required to sign-in in order to receive credits.  Sign-in sheets will be available at the registration desk for up 30 minutes after the start of the program.  
  • An evaluation will be emailed to you within 2 business days of the program's completion.  Once you complete and submit this evaluation, you will automatically receive a certificate of attendance electronically.  

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