DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face
This unit equips the students with knowledge relating to clinical dental sciences in the following domains: haematology; cardiology; respiratory medicine; management of stress, pain and general anaesthesia; emergency medicine and general surgery; and exodontia.
Students are able to (1) describe the main components of the blood, their functions and formation; (2) explain clinical evaluation of the main components of blood; (3) discuss the mechanisms involved in haemostasis and haemostatic disorders; (4) discuss the pharmacological agents used in haemostatic disorders; (5) describe the pathology of major neoplastic syndromes of the blood and their principles of treatment inclusive of the pharmacological agents used; (6) present the symptoms, signs and treatment of anaemia; (7) list the components of the mediastinum; (8) describe the anatomy of the compartments of the cardiovascular system; (9) describe the mechanisms of heartbeat and heart rate; (10) describe the systemic and pulmonary circulations and the mechanisms regulating the blood flow; (11) present the symptoms and signs of heart murmurs, coronary heart disease and heart failure; (12) describe the pharmacology and the dental implications of common drugs used in cardiovascular therapy; (13) present the anatomy of the respiratory system; (14) explain the physiologic mechanisms of respiration; (15) identify and describe the signs, symptoms and the pathology of asthma and chronic airflow limitation; (16) describe the pharmacology and the dental implications of common drugs used in respiratory therapy; (17) present the physiologic mechanisms of stress; (18) discuss the nitrous oxide sedation; (19) discuss intravenous sedation; (20) present the pharmacology of neuroleptic and sedative medication; (21) discuss indications contraindication, technique, side effects and complications of general anaesthesia; (22) describe causes of collapse and respiratory distress; (23) explain the immediate investigation and management of the unconscious patient; (24) perform simple and complicated tooth extraction; (25) diagnose the source of pain and manage post-extractional complications; and (26) identify and interpret the requirements for peri-operative care for a surgical patient.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written examination (multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and extended matching questions (EMQ)) (Failed Component); (2) management of stress, pain and GA and emergency medicine Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE); and (3) exodontics Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the written examination (multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and extended matching questions (EMQ)) (Failed Component) component.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 overall and a mark of at least 45 in any Failed Component(s).
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Magdalen Foo
Unit rules
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology
DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry
DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry
DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry
DENT4105 Introduction to Cardiology
DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry
DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control
DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics
DENT4202 Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics
DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1
Approved quota: 56—domestic (50) and international (6); for school leavers—rural (3), Metropolitan Pathway (3), Indigenous (3), high academic achievement (5), international (3); for graduates—rural (2), Metropolitan Pathway (2), Indigenous (2), international (3), graduates (30)
Contact hours
unit hours: 39 and includes lectures, practicals and clinics
Unit Outline
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.