Jumping Into the Deep End: The Why & How of Special Care Dentistry

  • Friday 1/28/2022
  • Time: 8:00 - 11:00 am
  • Course Code: 417RE
  • Cost: $125
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 107 A
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
Maureen Perry, DDS is a Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. She is a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry. She completed a 3-year hospital residency focused on treating patients with medically complex conditions, behavioral health issues, developmental disabilities, and geriatric patients. Dr. Perry earned her Master of Public Administration at Long Island University and recently completed a Master in Dental Education at the University of the Pacific. Dr. Perry is a fellow of the Council of Dentistry for People with Disabilities and is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She is a past president of the Special Care Dentistry Association and has served as the U.S. council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health. Dr. Perry has had a 25-year career both practicing and teaching special care; lecturing and publishing at the national and international level. In addition, she has served as a subject matter expert in special care dentistry for the US Navy (USNS Comfort Hospital Ship), the Hamad HealthCare Corporation of Qatar, and the Republic of Ireland.

Traditionally, dental education has not devoted much clinical and/or didactic time to training students in the treatment of patients with developmental and/or physical disabilities. As a result, many practitioners do not feel prepared to treat this challenging (and growing) population. The social and historical context of developmental disabilities in America is discussed and an overview of the current barriers to care is presented. A brief review of the major disabilities is included along with some treatment planning tips and a discussion of selected cases.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Identify specific historical events that led to the current social context of disability
  • List the main types of developmental disabilities (DD)
  • Explain barriers to care for people with (DD)
  • Describe what is meant by modifying and/or adapting a treatment plan for a patient with DD
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist