Meeting the Challenges of the Medically Complex Dental Patient

  • Friday 1/28/2022
  • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Course Code: 441RL
  • Cost: $99
  • 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.

As medical and pharmaceutical technology advances, more chronically ill patients are seeking dental care. Patients with complex medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and prosthetic joints and devices are becoming more common in general practice. These patients are often on extensive drug regimens including anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy. A presentation of current guidelines and evidence-based recommendations will be followed by an audience participation discussion of actual patient cases focusing on interdisciplinary communication.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Recognize the best practices for managing dental patients with chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and chronic kidney disease
  • Outline the current AHA (American Heart Association) antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines for patients with specific cardiac conditions
  • Interpret the current recommendations for patients with permanently implanted devices
  • Identify the evidence-based recommendations for the treatment of patients on anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapies
  • Confidently initiate a dialogue with other healthcare providers to facilitate interdisciplinary patient care
Recommended Audience: Dentist, Hygienist