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07
SEP
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The Basics of Clinical Photography
6.5 CPD Hours | An introductory course for beginners... Clinical photography is not just about beautiful white teeth or cosmetic artistry but should encompass the whole spectrum of dental care from damage and disease through treatment to review and monitoring. Clinical photography should provide consistent quality digital images of every part of the mouth and face, teeth and soft tissues ranging from the head to a tooth. With today’s digital technology every dentist can chronicle photographically what they see in the mouth, whether for records, communication, education – in fact whenever the clinical situation warrants photographic documentation. The closest thing to what we see through our loupes is a photograph and this can actually reflect the reality of the mouth at a particular point in time and at critical stages of planning and treatment. X-rays do not show failing restorations, crack lines and wear patterns; notes cannot always clearly indicate the sequence of events in a clinical session; study models poorly represent the restored nature of teeth and the health of soft tissues. The routine use of digital clinical  photography augments charting, notes and x-rays. As an element in best practice, it significantly enhances record-taking, validates clinical decisions and provide an impressive tool for patient education and practice marketing. People easily process and comprehend visual information and this course will show that instant quality images visible on a monitor can dramatically improve patient understanding and acceptance of treatment recommendations. Attendees will see reviews of all types of cameras and the armamentarium and accessories required to take extra and intra-oral pictures with recommendations and guides to purchase. This course will be an invaluable experience for general dentists and specialists and will be a useful guide to better general photography. ...

15
SEP
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Update on Safer Prescribing in Dentistry
7.0 CPD Hours | Steps to prescribe with confidence!...Prescribing is a complex task requiring a wide range of skills, from information gathering and risk management, knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics, clinical decision-making, to communication and cooperation with others in the team and understanding the commercial, regulatory and legal requirements.  Despite dentists being the second largest prescriber group in Australia, most dentists report having little or no formal education on how to prescribe. It tends to be a skill picked up ‘on the fly’ under the tutelage of senior staff in a workplace. This not a safe way to learn such an important and potentially dangerous skill, especially considering the high-risk medicines dentists can prescribe.  This one-day seminar will provide a structured overview of the foundation skills required to be a competent and safe prescriber in contemporary health care. Particular attention will be paid to the cognitive steps leading up to the act of prescribing including medication history-taking.   Topics focus on high-risk situations such as the very young, older people, pregnancy, and breastfeeding and ‘polypharmacy’. Complex medical patients with comorbidities such as cardiovascular and autoimmune disease, kidney and liver impairment will also be discussed. Case studies will address error-prone situations such as dose calculations, look-alike-sound-alike drugs, drug interactions, unsafe abbreviations, and prescribing under time constraints, focussing on prevention of prescribing errors and patient safety. Build your confidence in prescribing pain medications to manage dental pain and register for an Update on Mangement of Dental Pain with medications, Friday 16 September 2022.   PRESCRIBE PAIN MEDICATIONS APPROPRIATELY Click here to book a course to better prescibe pain medications  ...

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SEP
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Update on Management of Dental Pain with Medicines
6.0 CPD Hours | Prescribe pain medications appropriately... Research has shown that since the Covid pandemic began in 2019, prescribing of opioid medications by dentists has massively increased.* Now more than ever, dentists are prescribing and administering medication for acute dental or orofacial pain, rather than performing dental interventions, which would normally be the treatment of choice.    This is concerning not only in terms of drug safety, but also because there have been dramatic changes to pain management guidelines in recent years about which many dentists have had little or no training. These changes include the move away from using codeine or indeed any opioid medication, to greater reliance on simple analgesics and combination products such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.  If an opioid is to be used, oxycodone is now the drug of choice, however it has a very different profile and prescribing regimen from codeine. Not to mention, new contraindications have been introduced for use of opioids in children and breastfeeding women, and the elderly.   Keep updated with the many recent changes to legislation of many drugs, real-time prescription monitoring, latest prescribing and electronic prescriptions rules. This course will provide an update on the all the above-mentioned issues, including choosing the most appropriate analgesic for different types of pain, how to ensure correct dosing, strategies to avoid drug interactions, and how to tailor the use of different pain medicines to different patient groups, such as the very young, the elderly, medically complex patients and those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  After attending this course you will be a much more confident, competent and safe pain medicine prescriber.  Learn the safe steps for prescribing medications safely and register for an Update on Safer Prescribing in Dentistry on Thursday, 15 September 2022. STEPS TO PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS SAFELY  Click here to book a course for strategies to prescribe safely ...