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Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00am to 1:00pm

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Special Care Dentistry: A Health-Centered Approach to Oral Care for Special Needs Patients — Lecture and Protocol Course

This lecture and protocol course is intended for dental professionals interested in learning how to treat special needs populations, geriatric patients, medically compromised and patients with intellectual and physical disabilities. Practice management considerations will be discussed relating to in-office and hospital settings.

During the live webinar, Dr. Verceles will cover the epidemiology and demographics of the special needs and geriatric dentistry patient population. He will address pre-treatment medical assessment and interprofessional communication strategies. Caries risk assessment, periodontal assessment and occlusal disease evaluation will be discussed and treatment strategies for these complex patients will be presented. Dr. Verceles will share several patient cases as examples.

Participants registered for this two-day program will be required to treat a special needs or geriatric patient at their home dental office and create a presentation to give to Dr. Verceles and fellow colleagues on day two of the program. Instructions and a presentation template will be provided to participants.

This two-day course, in its entirety, will fulfill the 12 CE units in special care dentistry requirement for Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry.

You Will Learn

  • How to obtain and interpret a patient’s medical, dental and social data accurately
  • To list considerations affecting caries and periodontal risk
  • To recognize physical limitations and considerations with respect to the patient’s medical diagnosis
  • To create and present a dental treatment and preventive care plan with modifications that reflect the patient’s needs and limitations

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for dentists interested in learning how to treat geriatric and other special needs patients.

Tuition: $495
Program: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm each day
Location: Live, interactive webinar hosted by Zoom
Credits: This activity is designated for 12 units of continuing education credit.

The two-day lecture and protocol program is limited to 30 participants.


Tim Verceles, DDS, is a clinical professor at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and is a master and fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He graduated from University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. Dr. Verceles completed his GPR at the VA Palo Alto. He is the former AEGD program director and chief of dentistry at Highland Hospital in Oakland. He currently practices in Hayward, CA and provides hospital dentistry for several skilled nursing facilities and medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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