DENTGP 653

Dental Curriculum Threads

Treatment of Patients with Special Needs 1

Course Director: Kimberley Espinoza
Credits: 2
Quarters/ Yr of Program: Summer / 4

Course Overview

This course exposes students to the assessment process and treatment strategies for successful management of patients with developmental and acquired disabilities, geriatric patients, and anxious, fearful, or phobic patients.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Provide clinical treatment using appropriate facilitation techniques for patients with developmental and acquired disabilities and geriatric patients.
2. Outline the appropriate consent process when providing care for people with communication, cognitive or sensory impairments, patients requiring special care, and geriatric patients.
3. Use social and environmental facilitators to oral health for oral health promotion for patients with special needs, including patients with developmental and acquired disabilities and geriatric patients.
4. Describe the different categories of dentally fearful individuals and appropriate behavioral management techniques for each type of patient presentation.
5. Describe and use appropriate patient facilitation techniques for anxious patients, geriatric patients and patients with other special needs (e.g. cognitive coping skills, behavioral supports, pharmacological supports and medical immobilization or protective stabilization)
6. Use critical thinking to make case-specific modifications to so-called “ideal” treatment plans for geriatric patients and patients with special needs (ex: use of the five-item mnemonic OSCAR for geriatric patients)
7. Evaluate the need for teamwork and inter-professional liaison in the management of patients requiring special care, including patients with developmental disabilities, acquired disabilities, geriatric patients and patients with dental fears.
8. Refer or arrange care for patients with complex needs.
9. Assess the needs of patients with special needs, including non-dental considerations, using a biopsychosocial profile

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-06, C-08, C-09, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-15, C-17, C-18, C-28, C-30, C-31, CE-01

Date last updated: 2019-06-26