Dental Treatment in the Correctional System, 2nd ed

About the Course
The challenge for the medical and dental staff of correctional institutions in the United States is to provide basic healthcare and dental treatment amid the multiple needs of the inmate population and within the budgetary limitations of the county, state, and federal government. This basic-level course will highlight the unique environment within the correctional system and the challenges of providing dental care therein. Chemical addiction is common among inmates, and their impact on oral health and dental treatment as well as problems associated with withdrawal and detoxification from alcohol and/or opioid medications, which can cause life-threatening symptoms, will be discussed. The more prevalent medical problems that afflict incarcerated individuals, such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, and their impact on oral health and dental treatment will be reviewed as they relate to total patient care. The course will conclude with a discussion of the multiple elements that can preclude access to adequate medical and dental care upon the release of incarcerated individuals back into society. Ultimately, course participants will develop an appreciation of the medical and dental needs of a population that often goes unnoticed.

Lerning Objectives
  • Describe the basic elements of the correctional environment.
  • Review the legal mandates for healthcare within the correctional system, including the concept of deliberate indifference.
  • Describe the dental treatment modifications needed for the correctional system population.
  • Describe access-to-healthcare issues that are common among the correctional population.
About the Author
Mark Szarejko, DDS, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dentistry in 1985 and Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994. He has been an examiner for the State of Florida Dental and Dental Hygiene Licensure Examinations since 1994. He has also served as an expert witness for the State of Florida and for private companies. He has authored and edited many dental continuing education courses and has given presentations on varied dental topics to local, regional, and national audiences. He has served as a dentist in the county correctional system for nearly half of his career, where the incidence of HIV/AIDS is much higher relative to that of the general population. The surgical and nonsurgical dental treatment of HIV/AIDS patients is a common occurrence in this setting, allowing him to have a unique perspective of the oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS patients and in their dental treatment.

AGD Subject Code: 750

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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