Jumping Into the Deep End: The Why and How of Special Care Dentistry:

Traditionally, dental education has not devoted much clinical and/or didactic time to training students in the treatment of patients with developmental and/or physical disabilities. As a result, many practitioners do not feel prepared to treat this challenging (and growing) population. The social and historical context of developmental disabilities in America is discussed and an overview of the current barriers to care is presented. A brief review of the major disabilities is included along with some treatment planning tips.

Participants will be able to:
• Identify specific historical events that led to the current social context of disability
• List the main types of developmental disabilities
• Explain barriers to care for people with developmental disabilities (DD)
• Describe what is meant by modify and/or adapt a treatment plan for a patient with DD.

  • Course Code: T03
  • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Location: Renaissance Main Floor,
  • CE Credit: 2
  • Audience:
  • Seating Taken:
    25%
Maureen Perry

Maureen Perry, DDS

Dr. Maureen Perry is a Professor of Special Care Dentistry and the Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), Mesa, Arizona, USA. She received her BS from Adelphi University and her DDS from New York University College of Dentistry. Following a general practice residency at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Perry completed a two-year New York State Consortium of Medical Education in Developmental Disabilities Fellowship in Special Care Dentistry. She received her master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Long Island University. Dr. Perry also received an MA in Education from the Benerd School of Education of the University of the Pacific. Dr. Perry is a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She is a past president of the Special Care Dental Association and serves as the United State council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health. Dr. Perry has presented at many national meetings and has published on such areas of special care dentistry as autism, restraint and consent, rare syndromes, pre-doctoral education and self-injurious behavior. Her current research focus is on fluoride delivery systems for patient undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancer
Conflict Of Interest: Special Care Dentistry Association/AT Still/ASDOH Care Clinic

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