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2/12/20 Insiders Study Club CSDV: Creating Successful Dental Visits: Desensitization Methods for the Special Needs Dental Patient with Insider Ellen Anderson, RDH, BS

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST

Working with dental patients that live with intellectual disabilities, autism, and extreme anxiety, can be difficult to provide oral healthcare safely. Techniques that help these patients not only feel comfortable but encourage active, positive participation in their own care is what CSDV is about.  As the dental profession focuses more and more on inclusion and diversity, it is increasingly important that we have the skills to support the special needs community.

This course will explore the fundamentals of assessing the skill level, communication and learning styles of the different personalities that initially presents with challenges. We will discuss continuing preventive care for those individuals that have had to rely on general anesthesia dental services in the past. We will examine the criteria for the use of protective stabilization.  We will consider what options can provide the best training for dental and dental hygiene students and corresponding codes to accurately describe treatment. Desensitization goes both ways, for the dental professional to be comfortable and competent providing care for challenging patients, exposure and familiarization is critical for anyone working with special needs patients. CSDV takes the traditional “tell, show, do” desensitization to a different level where both exceptional patients and providers work together for safe and effective care.


Participants will learn:

  • Discover new methods that are out of the ordinary and modifications of routine.
  • Discuss the hygienist’s role on inclusion and diversity
  • Discuss applicable CDT Codes and medical necessity documentation


Speaker bio: Ellen Anderson, RDH BS; a graduate of Northwestern University’s Dental Hygiene Program in Chicago has a long history in dental hygiene. After many years in private practice with a focus on staying current in treatment modalities, made a shift to public health. Working under a state funded grant, she started out providing in-services to direct care givers in long term care facilities. Her experience with this venture showed that many vulnerable populations exist that requires to be recognized for their unique oral care needs. She currently works with individuals with development delays and those that live with autism. Rather than random care provided by volunteers, Ellen feels that everyone has the right to a healthy smile with inclusion in our oral health care system.



February 12
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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