UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit provides students with knowledge and understanding of managing patients with special needs, orofacial pain and mental health as they relate to dentistry.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe the different manifestations of orofacial pain; (2) describe the pathophysiology of orofacial pain; (3) describe the different evidence-based therapeutic options for orofacial pain with consideration of their potential advantages and disadvantages; (4) present psychiatric differential diagnosis of relevance to orofacial disease; (5) define features of depression and risk factors for suicide; (6) explain the basic use of antidepressants in the management of orofacial disease; (7) describe structure of liaison services to psychiatry and explain the role of clinical psychologists in managing mental health; (8) describe the dental care for gerontologic patients; (9) describe the dental care for patients with psychiatric disease; (10) describe the dental care for patients with physical/neurological/ intellectual disability; (11) describe the dental care for medically compromised patients; (12) perform appropriate restorative dentistry in patients with special needs; (13) perform appropriate periodontal treatment in patients with special needs; (14) perform appropriate endodontic treatment in patients with special needs; (15) undertake appropriate patient management in the field of oral medicine; and (16) perform minor oral surgery in patients with special needs.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) end-of-modules written tests; (2) special needs presentation; (3) continuous clinical assessment (every clinical session); (4) written assignments (special needs module); and (5) clinical reflective journal (clinical special needs) module. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Ramesh Balasubramaniam
Unit rules
Prerequisites: DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders, DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1 DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
Co-requisites: DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
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).
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/DENT5305/TS-B-3/2017

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