Dental Curriculum Threads

Treatment of Patients with Special Needs 2

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

Course Overview

This course exposes students to the assessment process and treatment strategies for successful management of patients with developmental and acquired disabilities, medically complex patients, geriatric patients, and anxious, fearful, or phobic patients in a variety of treatment settings, including clinical, hospital, and extramural (nursing home or senior center).

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, medically complex patients and geriatric patients.
  2. Utilize the five-item mnemonic “OSCAR” treatment planning tool to make case-specific modifications to, so called, “ideal” dental treatments for geriatric patients.
  3. Describe the different categories of dentally fearful individuals and appropriate behavioral management techniques for each type of patient presentation.
  4. Describe appropriate patient anxiety management techniques, including physical and cognitive coping skills.
  5. Demonstrate, through a written case presentation, appropriate patient anxiety management techniques with a patient from the student’s own patient pool.
  6. Evaluate the need for teamwork and interprofessional liaison in the management of patients requiring special care
  7. Integrate dental screening/examinations and treatment with other health and social services
  8. Refer or arrange care for patients with complex needs
  9. Use social and environmental facilitators to oral health for oral health promotion for patients with special needs.
  10. Outline the appropriate consent process when providing care for people with communication, cognitive or sensory impairments, patients requiring special care, and geriatric patients.

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

Date last updated: 2016-02-03