Independent-Study/Web Courses

Wellness and Solutions for the Contemporary Dental Practice That Treats Pediatric and Adolescent Patients

This course qualifies the enrollee for 4.0 CE credit hours and the cost is $160 for dentists and $90 for assistants/hygienists/technicians.
To register: (log-in with CE ID is required)

Course Description

The course is targeted to all providers who treat children and it is designed to increase the comfort level and expertise of the entire dental team when it comes to treating today’s pediatric dental patients. The purpose of this program is to address contemporary pediatric dental topics such as pediatric obesity and obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, the program will address the use of Teledentistry during the new COVID-19 era and discuss the importance of recognizing and treating healthcare professional stress and burnout, as well as learning strategies for implementing self-care in order to provide optimal patient care. Psychoeducation regarding the impact of COVID-19 on these topics will also be provided. Participants will have opportunities to engage in discussion and Zoom polling as well as ask questions anonymously. This course is sure to give you valuable information to tackle some of the most challenging situations encountered with today’s pediatric dental patients.


Participants should be to:

For Addressing Burnout in Oral Healthcare Settings:
*Define burnout, its relationship to stress and impact on patient care being provided and received;
*Identify current environmental factors and job related stressors within oral healthcare settings that are contributing to increased burnout and impact the mental health of both patients and providers; and
*Recognize and learn strategies to mitigate the impact of stress and burnout in order to provide optimal patient care.

For Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
*Review the etiology, predisposing factors, and implications of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea (POSA);
*Discuss the incidence of POSA and how to recognize the physical and behavioral signs of this condition; and
*Identify possible treatments for POSA.

For Childhood Obesity: A Role for the Dental Community:
*State the definition of childhood obesity and its associated health risks;
*Describe the current recommendations for obesity prevention; and
*Summarize how dental health professionals can work within the larger medical community on obesity prevention efforts.

For Teledentistry: A Solution
*Outline the history of Teledentistry/Telemedicine;
*Explain how the impact of COVID-19 impacted the use of Teledentistry; and
*Provide recommendations for using Teledentistry for the future.

Course issued: 10/2020; expires 10/2022


Cari Anderson · M.S.W., L.I.S.W.
Director, Dental Counseling and Wellness Support Services

Polly Iben · D.D.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Amy Lesch · D.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Kecia Leary · D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatric Dentistry

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