New Mexico Dental Assistant CEU Package 30-Hours
Courses included in this package. Click on a course to learn more.
- Allergic Reactions to Metals in the Mouth, 2nd edition 1About the Course:
This basic-level course reviews the importance of metals for human health, identifies common harmful metals and their role in disease, and discusses hypersensitivity reactions, with particular regard to metal allergies in medical and dental patients. Corrosion is also discussed relative to its role in the hypersensitivity reactions experienced by dental patients.
- Chronic Pain Management for the Dental Practitioner: A Psychosocial Perspective 5About the Course:
This intermediate-level course is intended to address this training deficit by providing dental healthcare professionals with an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, as well as basic skills for effective assessment and adjunctive treatments of chronic orofacial pain conditions and related problems. To accomplish these goals, the course first examines the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, describes the distinction between acute and chronic pain, and explains the factors that contribute to acute pain becoming chronic. The prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life are examined. An introduction to the practical assessment of chronic pain provides readers with a description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures. Dental practitioners may be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of pain in a specific context, for example, temporomandibular disorders. However, the emphasis of this course lies in assessing other causes of chronic orofacial pain and in discussing their corresponding pharmacological and biobehavioral treatment modalities. The course provides an overview of common medications used to treat chronic orofacial pain and discusses issues surrounding addiction and adherence to a prescribed medication regimen. The course also provides basic information on empirically supported psychosocial treatment strategies that can be useful when working with patients who are experiencing chronic pain. This course is designed for dental health professionals who wish to further their knowledge in orofacial pain conditions. After taking the course, the participant will be able to assess the patient with chronic orofacial pain, identify comorbid disorders, and recommend appropriate treatment or referral options.
- Dental Ethics and the Digital Age, 2nd edition 3About the Course:
This basic-level course will help dental professionals gain a better understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges, with a particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. A section of this course will address the ways that the law and ethics intersect. Through a systematic, case-based approach, this course will provide dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the tools to recognize and navigate the complex ethical issues that may arise in practice.
- Dental Radiation Health: Safety and Protection in the Digital Age, 2nd edition 3Release Date 3/14/2022
About the Course:
This basic-level course reviews the biologic effects of radiation, the methods used in radiation measurement, and the potential sources of radiation exposure. This course discusses radiation safety and protection measures for both patients and dental healthcare workers.
- Denture Cleansing: An Essential Part of Patient Care, 4th Edition 1Release date: 4/23/2022
About the Course:
Dental professionals, most notably dental hygienists, play an important role in controlling denture contamination and in instructing patients in the proper care and sanitization of removable dentures and orthodontic appliances. In this course, attention is directed primarily to complete and removable partial dentures, although the discussion applies equally to all removable dental appliances and devices. This basic-level course is appropriate for all dental professionals. The course reviews the diverse colonization of microorganisms found on dentures and the associated oral and systemic health risks, the correlation between candidal infestation of dentures and denture-induced stomatitis, and the pros and cons of various denture cleansing methods.
- Infection Control, Cross Contamination, and Instrument Sterilization Techniques, 3rd Edition 2Release Date: 10/31/2022
This course is a basic-level refresher for dental healthcare personnel on infection control, cross-contamination, and instrument sterilization techniques. Areas addressed include infection control guidelines; understanding standard versus universal precautions; sterilization and disinfection of patient care items; goals for ensuring disease containment through proper instrument recirculation techniques; handling of contaminated instruments from the treatment room through precleaning, cleaning, and preparation for sterilization; the most commonly used (and accepted) methods of dental instrument sterilization; environmental infection control; dental unit waterlines, biofilm, and water quality; and other infection control considerations.
- Medical Consequences of Acts of Terrorism and Disaster: A National Perspective, 2nd Edition 3Course release date: 6/15/2022
Terrorism has become a fact of daily life in the United States and most of the world. It is not always obvious when a disaster is a terrorist attack and not all emergencies or disasters are terrorist attacks. Understanding the basics of a disaster and/or terrorist attack, as well as the role a healthcare provider plays in dealing with the medical consequences, syndromic surveillance/reporting requirements, and treatment are vital to successful mitigation and response in a disaster or terrorist attack.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Comprehensive Review for Dental Professionals, 3rd Edition 2Release Date: 10/15/2022
This course reviews OSA from a dental perspective. It addresses current findings on the links between overall health and OSA and cites common presenting symptoms likely to be encountered in the dental practice. This intermediate-level course discusses the latest evidence-based diagnostic approaches for OSA and outlines recommended treatment strategies, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), OAs, and surgical intervention, to mitigate the health impact of this common condition. Several resources listed at the end of this course can provide dental professionals with further opportunities for education and training in this area.
- Oral Health Issues for the Female Patient, 3rd Edition 2About the Course:
This basic-level course explores the variables affecting women’s oral health and discusses the issues and concerns that dental professionals face in providing care to females across their life span.
- Oral Manifestations Associated With Gastrointestinal Disorders 1Course release date: 1/1/2021
About the Course:
This basic-level course, appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, addresses nutritional deficiencies, oral signs and symptoms, and preventive oral strategies for patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, iron-deficiency, anemia and scurvy. Inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, pyostomatitis vegetans, and polyposis syndromes and their manifestations in the oral cavity are described.
- Prescription Drug Abuse Among Dental Patients: Scope, Prevention, and Management Considerations 5
Course release date: 12/31/2020
About the Course:
The purpose of this basic-level course is to provide dental practitioners with an appreciation of the scope of the problem of prescription drug abuse and a realization that the misuse and abuse of these drugs likely take place among the patient populations they serve. By becoming familiar with the pharmacology of the most commonly abused drugs, the risk factors for developing addictive behaviors, and the manner in which these medications are commonly acquired, dental providers will be positioned to curb prescribing practices that contribute to this growing problem and will be better able to serve their patients and their communities as informed prevention advocates.
“This course will [partially] fulfill the DEA-mandated 8 hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders for DEA licensees renewing on or after June 27, 2023.”
- Working With Fearful and Anxious Dental Patients 2Course release date: 1/1/2021
About the Course:
The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to familiarize the dentist and every member of the dental team with nonpharmacological techniques and strategies for guiding and supporting fearful dental patients.