Get Current on the Latest Guidelines for Treating Pregnant Women (formerly known as “Managing and Treating Pregnant Patients”)

Bea Gandara, DDS, MSD and Melissa Moore Sanchez, CIC
Recorded Thursday, July 9, 2015

Target Audience: This course is designed for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants.

Credits: 2 hours

Tuition: $40/person

Course Description

Get Current on the Latest Guidelines for Treating Pregnant Women, Know the Associated Risks

The course teaches dentists and other dental professionals to manage and treat pregnant patients. The course highlights the evidence-based guidelines for delivering care to pregnant women, including the use of medications and x-rays, positioning the patient, educational messaging, and also addresses dentists’ liability concerns. The course includes a presentation on the lack of liability from a NORDIC representative.

Oral health care during pregnancy is important and safe. Dentists will encounter pregnant patients in their practice. Therefore, they should feel comfortable and knowledgeable about providing a spectrum of dental care services to those patients, at any time during pregnancy. This course is designed to educate dental professionals on the important health implications of oral disease in a pregnant woman and her baby.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will understand:

  • How the primary caregiver’s oral health can impact the oral health of their infant.
  • The evidence-based guidelines for safely delivering dental care to pregnant women.
  • How to use the guidelines to manage and treat pregnant patients.
  • The lack of liability related to treating pregnant women.


Dr. GandaraDr. Beatrice Gandara is a 1978 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in Los Angeles, California. She was a general practice resident at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in La Jolla, California from 1978-79, and a staff dentist at the Edward Royal Comprehensive Health Center in Los Angeles for two years following her residency. In 1981-82, Dr. Gandara was a part-time instructor at the USC dental school and associated in a private practice in Anaheim, California. In 1982, she moved to Seattle, Washington to enter the Oral Medicine specialty program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, earning her MSD degree in the field of Oral Medicine in 1985. During her studies, she also completed a National Institute of Aging Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry and a NRSA Fellowship in Salivary Gland Research. She also participated in the Dental Education and Care of the Disabled (DECOD) program in 1985.

Dr. SanchezMelissa Sanchez began her professional liability insurance career as a medical malpractice claims representative; working with hospitals, medical professionals and defense attorneys. She then went to work for a prominent Pacific Northwest medical and dental malpractice carrier for 17 years as a senior marketing representative. Currently she is the Manager for Northwest Dentists Insurance Company, providing professional liability insurance and risk management services to dentists in the northwest.


Simply register online. You will be directed to UW CDE’s secure online registration. Register for “OC1804: Managing and Treating Pregnant Patients”. You will receive an emailed confirmation letter with instructions and links to both the slides and an online exam. After reading the slides, please take the exam. Once you have passed the exam, UW CDE will email you a certificate of completion in approximately one week. You will have until June 30th of the current CDE course year (September – June) to complete the training.

  • If you do not complete the training by June 30th of the current CDE course year (September – June), you will have to sign up for the course again. No refunds will be given for online courses.