ABSTRACT: This multi-media presentation is to inform dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants, who have an interest in treating the disabled and/or elderly patient, how the practice of dentistry can be modified to provide for the needs of these patients. This course will enable the dental team to better serve a population that desperately needs our help. Techniques for working with cognitively impaired patients will be discussed. Definitions and demographics of various types of disabilities will also be discussed.
During the discussion there will be three main areas of concern addressed. The first will be on treatment modifications for the special and geriatric patient. Both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic methods of behavior modification will be illustrated and discussed. The second area will be preventive techniques. The participants will learn how to practice and teach preventive dentistry for the disabled and geriatric patients. The third area of concern is oral habits related to the disabled and geriatric patients.
Dr. Fred Margolis received his B.S. and D.D.S. from The Ohio State University and his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Dr. Margolis is a Clinical Instructor at Loyola University’s Oral Health Center and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Dr. Margolis is director of the Institute for Advanced Dental Education, Ltd. and on the faculty of the University of Genoa School of Dentistry. He was recently selected by Dentistry Today Journal as a “top clinician in continuing education for 2013.” He has lectured internationally and is the author of Beautiful Smiles for Special People, a course manual for working with disabled patients. He is co-author of Pediatric Laser Dentistry, which is published by Quintessence. Dr. Margolis is in the private practice of pediatric dentistry in Highland Park, Illinois.