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Dental Hygiene - Continuing Education

Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Course Offerings

Fall ~ 2019

On July 11, 1996, Bill 7324A was passed by the Senate and the Assembly requiring that every TRIENNIAL registration period, registered dental hygienists must complete a minimum of 24 hours of education, inclusive of the previously required mandatory child abuse and infection control training approved by the State Education Department. Farmingdale State College is an approved provider of continuing education credits in New York State for both dental hygienists and dentists; the American Academy of Dental Hygiene is the approved NYS sponsor.

Infiltration Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide
The legal change to the Dental Hygiene Practice Act that went into effect as of August 2003 expands the scope of dental hygiene to include infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide. The course for this certificate is usually offered in the late spring every calendar year. If you have any interest in attending or questions regarding the next pain management course that will be offered in the spring of 2018, please call our Continuing Education Coordinator, Jessica Kahl, at 631-420-2659.

 

2019 Dental Hygiene Symposium information


ALL COURSES ARE OPEN TO DENTAL HYGIENISTS AND DENTISTS

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If You Don't Snooze, You Lose: Uncovering Sleep Disordered Breathing

Course #: D133 CRN #:10001

Course Description: As co-therapists in multidisciplinary treatment, dental professionals have the opportunity to play a significant role in changing the path of an individual's life. Routine screenings are a vitally important component to any comprehensive treatment plan. Optimal patient care has expanded to include screenings we have not considered in the past. Screening for Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) is no exception. The dental professional is in a position to provide many of these screenings. Emerging research on SDB and the far-reaching health effects for an individual, underscores the need to elevate our knowledge and embrace the value of our role in early discovery. SDB is a global issue that knows no boundaries, be it socioeconomics, gender, race or age.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

• Identify various forms of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB)
• Assess the risks associated with SDB at various stages in life
• Evaluate the oral/systemic challenges with the SDB patient
• Recognize the dental professional's role in the pathway of referral and management of SDB

**PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO ONLY 75 REGISTRANTS**

Presenter: Lee Somerville, RDH, MS

Lee graduated from the dental hygiene program at Cape Cod Community College with an AS degree and from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science. She received a Master of Science in Dental Public Health from Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. She has over 30 years in private practice experience. Lee has been an instructor at Cape Cod Community College since 1986 and has taught freshman and sophomore clinic, radiology lab and many didactic courses. Her passion is instructing sophomore students on extramural rotations, providing free dental hygiene treatment for school children, special needs adult patients and nursing home patients, concentrating on the underserved population.

She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and American Dental Education Association. Lee is a full-time Professional Educator with Philips North America in the Northeast and teaches part-time at Cape Cod Community College.

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $35.00 Contact Hours: 2 CEU's: 0.2
Registration Deadline: September 25, 2019

 

GEN Z: CHOICES AND CHALLENGES
COURSE #: D131 CRN #:10003

The current and sometimes shocking health behaviors and trends in the teen generation can influence their oral and systemic health. Dental professionals have a clinical opportunity to identify risky behaviors. Encouraging Gen Z to make positive health decisions could impact their choices when challenged.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
• Identify current dietary trends
• Recognize various risk behaviors
• Discuss popular social media platforms
• Enhance generational communication skills
• Customize treatment strategies
Presenter: Lee Somerville, RDH, MS, Phillips Manager of Professional Education-Northeast Region
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 Contact Hours: 3 CEU's: 0.3
Registration Deadline: September 27, 2019
*THIS COURSE IS SPONSORED BY PHILLIPS ORAL HEALTHCARE*

 

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY DEMYSTIFIED
COURSE: #D134 CRN: #10004

Following current trends in medicine where alternative and complimentary modalities are now considered mainstream, holistic dentistry is quickly emerging as a much sought after option for many health conscious dental patients. Dental and medical research has shown oral health plays a vital role in achieving optimal overall health and well-being. This course will define and demystify holistic dentistry by teaching common beliefs, approaches, practices and the science behind it.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
• Understand the basics of a holistic approach to dental care
• Learn current research in nutrition to reduce decay and increase oral health
• Select non-pharmaceutical agents for relaxation during the dental appointment, pain and infection control
• Identify common sources of toxicity in a dental office and learn how to protect yourself and your patients
• Learn how to respond to common questions about holistic dentistry from concerned patients
• Learn the resources available to incorporate holistic care into your practice
Presenter: Diana M. Backer, RDH, DDS, Private Practice, Member of IAOMT, HAD, DAMS
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 Contact Hours: 3 CEU's: 0.3
Registration Deadline: October 11, 2019

 

INFECTION CONTROL & BARRIER PRECAUTIONS

Farmingdale State College has been approved by the NYS Education Department as a provider for the mandated Infection Control & Barrier Precautions course. Those professionals affected by this mandate include dentists and dental hygienists. This course meets the necessary requirements. You are required to take this course every four years. The instructors have been certified by the NYS Education Department. **PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS ALSO OPEN TO ANY REGISTERED NURSES AS WELL AS DENTAL ASSISTANTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING THE PROPER BARRIER PRECAUTIONS FOR THEIR PATIENTS.**

Presenter: Carol McNamara, RDH, BS, Clinical Instructional Support Specialist, Department of Dental Hygiene, Farmingdale State College
COURSE #: G600 CRN #: 10005
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tuition: $65.00 Contact Hours: 3 CEU'S: 0.3
Registration Deadline: October 14, 2019
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COURSE #: G600 CRN #: 10007
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 Contact Hours: 3 CEU'S: 0.3
Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019
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COURSE #: G600 CRN #: 10008
Presenter: Jean Hall, RDH, CHES, DHEd, Full Time Faculty, Department of Dental Hygiene, Farmingdale State College
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 Contact Hours: 3 CEU'S: 0.3
Registration Deadline: November 4, 2019

 

IT'S CLEAR...INVISIBLE ALIGNERS ARE A HOT COMMODITY! THE INTEGRAL ROLE OF THE RDH IN CLEAR ALIGNER THERAPY & PATIENT EDUCATION
COURSE: #D135 CRN: #10006

Patients are bombarded with social media pop-up ads and commercials about the cosmetic benefits of straightening their teeth. They look to their hygienist for guidance. This course will provide you with background information on how clear aligner therapy goes way beyond the "selfie smile." Learn this highly effective treatment modality to prevent disease of both hard and soft tissues such as: recession, abfractions, accelerated wear, fracturing of teeth that may even help patients breathe better! Yes-breathe better!

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
• Discuss the benefits of doctor supervised clear aligner therapy vs. DIY aligners
• Understand the health benefits of clear aligner therapy
• Utilize clear aligner therapy as a viable treatment option to prevent disease
• Relay the benefits of clear aligner therapy to patients in a clear, concise manner
• Motivate patients to move forward with doctor supervised clear aligner treatment
Presenter: Lauren Gueits, RDH, BS-Founder, Airway Health Solutions
Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Tuition: $65.00 Contact Hours: 3 CEU's: 0.3
Registration Deadline: October 28, 2019
*THIS COURSE IS SPONSORED BY CLEAR CORRECT*

 

BEATING THE ODDS: A STORY NOT SILENCED BY STAGE IV ORAL CANCER
COURSE: #D202 CRN: #10009

One American dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. Eva Grazel came close to becoming one in the statistics. The riveting details of Eva's delayed diagnosis, the devastating effects of radical surgery and radiation therapy stimulate thinking about patient care, education and effective communication. Eloquent and engaging, this course humanizes oral cancer and inspires its audiences professionally and personally. This course WILL sell out! Don't wait to send in your registration!

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
• Experience the oral cancer patient perspective
• Stimulate thinking about enhanced patient care
• Optimize oral cancer screening techniques
• Understand the long-term effects of radiation to the oral cavity
• Protect yourself from liability in an oral cancer case
Presenter: Eva Grazel, Master storyteller and performance artist
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 Contact Hours: 3 CEU's: 0.3
Registration Deadline: November 27, 2019
*THIS COURSE IS SPONSORED BY WATERPIK*

REGISTRATION

To enroll in any of these courses, please complete and send in a completed registration form to the address found below. If you don't have a registration form, you can download one from this link here: REGISTRATION FORM

REFUND POLICY

All courses offered will be taught subject to sufficient enrollment. We will give a full refund if you enroll in a class that we cancel. Requests to withdraw from a course that is not cancelled by us will be honored and a refund will be issued ONLY when received IN WRITING by the Department of Dental Hygiene five (5) business days prior to the start of the course.

DIRECTOR OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
Susan Vogell, RDH, EdD
Tel: 631-794-6451
Email: Vogells@farmingdale.edu

CONTINUING EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Jessica Kahl, RDH, BS
Tel: 631-420-2659
Email: Kahlj@farmingdale.edu

Farmingdale State College
Department of Dental Hygiene
Gleeson Hall, Room 244
2350 Broadhollow Rd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Tel: 631-420-2060
Fax: 631-420-2582

 

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