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.
4. Describe the different categories of dentally fearful individuals and appropriate behavioral management techniques for each type of patient presentation.
5. Describe appropriate patient anxiety management techniques, including physical and cognitive coping skills.
6. Demonstrate, through a written case presentation, appropriate patient anxiety management techniques with a patient from the student’s own patient pool.
7. Utilize the five-item mnemonic “OSCAR” treatment planning tool to make case-specific modifications to so-called “ideal” dental treatments for geriatric patients.
8. Evaluate the need for teamwork and inter-professional liaison in the management of patients requiring special care.
9. Refer or arrange care for patients with complex needs.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Date last updated: 2018-07-17