This practicum and seminar based course offers in-depth advanced dental therapy experiences providing primary and preventive oral health care services to a special needs patient population of the oral health care practitioner student's choosing. Emphasis will be placed on providing primary and preventive oral health care dental services under the guidance of a dentist preceptor to one of the following underserved populations: pediatric; geriatric; medically; mentally; or psychologically compromised patients; financially and/or motivationally impaired patients. Competent, professional dental treatment requiring considerations outside of routine patient methodology and comprehensive management of patient-centered dental problems within the context of advanced dental therapy practice is the course focus.
- Deliver and manage comprehensive oral health care within the dental therapy/advanced dental therapy scope of practice and by appropriate referrals to collaborative management dentists and other professionals.
- Demonstrate compassion and respect in all communication with patients.
- Demonstrate professionalism and ethical judgment and behavior while providing patient care and associated activities.
- Demonstrate willingness for self-improvement of dental therapy/advanced dental therapy care provided to special needs patients.
- Gather data; analyze and assess the data, determine a prognosis and treatment plan, specific to the patient's needs with authorization from a collaborative management agreement dentist.
- Identify and implement modifications to treatment planning and delivery of oral healthcare that may be necessary special needs patient.
- Identify and manage preventive oral health strategies and procedures for special needs patients.
- Maintain accurate, ethical and legal records of all patient encounters.
- Partner with special needs patients and caregivers to enhance informed decision-making and the delivery of oral healthcare.
- Prevent, identify and manage dental emergencies.
- Prevent, identify, and provide initial treatment and management for medical emergencies that may occur in the dental setting.
- Provide dental therapy/advanced dental therapy oral healthcare in a culturally competent manner.
- Provide, administer, and dispense medications appropriate to dental therapy/advanced dental therapy practice and patients dental need(s) while under supervision of a dentist.
- Recognize physical and mental health conditions that can affect the delivery of oral healthcare and modify treatment to achieve successful outcomes.
- Recognize signs of domestic violence, patient abuse or neglect and make appropriate reports and referrals
- Self-evaluate the dental therapy/advanced dental therapy care provided to special needs patients.
- Understand and prevent barriers that may affect the special needs patient accessing oral health care provided by dental therapists/advanced dental therapists.