Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Understand potential impact of substance abuse on oral health and provision of dental care
- Take relevant history, identify signs and symptoms of substance abuse
- Assess patient’s medical stability for safe delivery of oral health care
- Increase their confidence and skills in communicating with patients
- Learn about the basics of habit modification in regard to substance abuse
Dental practitioners are in the position to recognize signs and symptoms of substance abuse and contribute to its timely and appropriate management. In this presentation, illustrative examples of oral conditions caused by a variety of substances of abuse are provided and the potential role of dental care provider in the overall management, prevention of oral and dental complications as well as habit cessation is emphasized.
Credits: 3 CEU’s [AGD Code #157]
Instructor: Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh
Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh obtained her B.Sc. and DMD degrees as well as her General Practice Residency certificate from the University of British Columbia in Canada where she practiced general dentistry for a number of years. She completed her Oral Medicine fellowship and MSD degree at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine where she holds a faculty appointment as a professor of Oral Medicine and as an attending at the University hospital. Dr. Fatahzadeh is a diplomat of American Board of Oral Medicine and serves as director of pre and post-doctoral oral medicine training at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.