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DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain

6 points
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides students with knowledge and understanding of managing patients with special needs, orofacial pain and mental health as they relate to dentistry.
Students are able to (1) describe the different manifestations of orofacial pain; describe the pathophysiology of orofacial pain; describe the different evidence-based therapeutic options for orofacial pain with consideration of their potential advantages and disadvantages and (2) present psychiatric differential diagnosis of relevance to orofacial disease; define features of depression and risk factors for suicide; explain the basic use of antidepressants in the management of orofacial disease; describe structure of liaison services to psychiatry and explain the role of clinical psychologists in managing mental health; describe the dental care for gerontologic patients; describe the dental care for patients with psychiatric disease; describe the dental care for patients with physical/neurological/ intellectual disability; describe the dental care for medically compromised patients; perform appropriate restorative dentistry in patients with special needs; perform appropriate periodontal treatment in patients with special needs; perform appropriate endodontic treatment in patients with special needs; undertake appropriate patient management in the field of oral medicine; and perform minor oral surgery in patients with special needs.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) MCQ (orofacial pain written examination) and (2) SAQ [special needs dentistry (20 per cent) and mental health modules (20 per cent)]. 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 MCQ (orofacial pain written examination) component.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit. 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)
Clinical Associate Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam
Unit rules
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine and DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health and DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1 and DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
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).
Contact hours
Unit hours: 46 hours (includes lectures and practicals)
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