Having Fun Welcoming Special Needs Patients to Your Practice

Bart Johnson, DDS, MS

Saturday, January 31, 2015

University of Washington
Health Sciences Center
Turner Auditorium, Room D-209
Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until January 28, 2015 (after, $25 more)
$279/Dentist, $179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff, $251/Current Dental Alumni Member*

7 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

Course Description

Treating special needs patients can be a wonderfully rewarding aspect to any dental practice. This course discusses the global considerations and some helpful techniques involved when deciding how to welcome these patients into your practice. We will discuss disability statistics, philosophical approaches to their care, facility differences, common kinds of special needs patients (Alzheimer’s, CP, Downs, Autism, Mobility impairments, Parkinson’s, psychiatric illness, sensory deficits [blind, deaf], etc.), some of the challenges facing the dental professional, and how to meet those challenges without making errors. Interesting cases will be shown.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain a basic understanding of some of the differences persons with special needs require in the dental setting.
  • Differentiate when to use which drugs and equipment in your kit.
  • Understand more about various kinds of Special Needs conditions.
  • Learn how to successfully integrate Special Needs patients into your practice using approaches that have been proven to work well.



Dr. JohnsonBART JOHNSON received his DDS in ‘85, his GPR Certificate in ‘86, and his MS in Oral biology in ’89, all from UCLA. He moved to Seattle in 1991 and has been stomping the small puddles and kayaking the big ones ever since.

Bart’s career has been focused on the care of high-risk medically, mentally, and physically challenged patients. He co-owns Seattle Special Care Dentistry, a private practice dedicated to patients with medical issues such as hemophilia, cancer, heart and liver disease, Alzheimer’s, Autism Spectrum, psychiatric illness and more. Bart has directed GPR programs for 23 years and is the co-founder and Director of the Swedish Medical Center GPR program. He loves to teach and is an international lecturer on how medicine and pharmacology intersect with dentistry.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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