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Dentistry for the Homebound, Part 1

CE Credits: 1.0 Hour(s)
Intended Audience: Dentists, Specialists, Expanded Function Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students
Date Course Online: August 1, 2020
Last Revision Date: N/A
Course Expiration Date: August 1, 2021
Cost: FREE to view (does not include continuing education credits); Registration is still required.
To receive continuing education credits:
Dentist, $25.00
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, $18.00
Military, $18.00
Method: Self-instructed
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Providing quality dental care in an office location is challenging. Delivering quality dental care in a patient’s kitchen adds significantly to the challenge. The two lecture series: Homebound Dental Care is designed to provide dental students with an overview of the demographics driving the increased demand for this service and how to provide comprehensive, quality dental care in patients homes safely and efficiently.

This lecture is devoted to:

Demographics of the Homebound
How many people are homebound? Where do these people live: Nursing Homes, Private Homes, Life Care Facilities? What Medical Diagnoses are most common, and what is the patient’s prognosis? Are these patients ambulatory, or bed bound?

Mobile Equipment Options
Can I really bring a whole dental operatory with me to a patient’s home? What is the difference between portable and mobile dental equipment. Is it safe to take X-Rays in a patient’s home?

Context Based Treatment Planning
It is critical for practitioners of this type of dentistry to be sensitive to the abilities, challenges and preferences of their homebound patient. Because you can provide a restoration, does not mean you should. Context becomes a vital component in the treatment planning process for Homebound patients.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the demographics of the homebound population in the US, and the type of dental care they require.
  • Be able to choose a delivery system style based on individual assessment of needs.
  • Be able to assess the homebound patient’s abilities and preferences regarding treatment and design a plan that is appropriate for the patient.

Alan M Stark, DDS, PhD, Diplomat ABSCD (ret), Dr. Alan Stark has spent his entire professional career caring and advocating for geriatric patients and persons with special needs. After graduating from Georgetown University School of Dentistry, Dr. Stark completed a hospital based residency at The Southbury Training School in Connecticut. Southbury was a federally funded, state operated residential facility for 1500 severely and profoundly affected persons. After completing his residency, he was hired as Chief of Dental Services for the Handicapped by the State of Rhode Island. His responsibilities included direct patient care, and public health initiatives to increase access to dental care for this underserved population.

Dr. Stark left state service after three years to open a private practice in Bethesda Md. This office based practice focused on Geriatrics and ambulatory special needs patients. Dr. Stark learned to provide bedside dental care during his training and subsequent state service. He continued to provide care in private homes, nursing homes and hospitals in the metropolitan DC region.

Dr. Stark started his academic teaching career immediately after completion of his residency. The chairman of the Department of Community Dentistry at Georgetown invited him to give a lecture on care of the handicapped. That initial lecture grew into 2 courses: Dentistry for the Handicapped, and Geriatric Dentistry.

In 1991 Dr. Stark was offered a tenure track position at Temple University. He designed the curriculum in Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and Geriatrics, and taught those courses as course director until he retired. His clinical assignment was in the Oral Medicine Clinic at Temple, where he taught for 23 years. During his tenure he was nominated to the Board of Special Care Dentistry, served as President of the American Society of Geriatric Dentistry and was awarded Diplomat status in the American Board of Special Cate Dentistry. He earned a PhD in Psychoeducational Processes (Adult Education) from Temple University School of Education in 2000. He is married to Mary Jean for 32 years, lives in Ambler PA, has 2 married sons, one granddaughter and is looking forward to welcoming a second granddaughter in May 2020.

Refund, Substitution and Cancellation Policy
Virtual attendance: No refunds will be issued.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.

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