This course will discuss factors contributing to dentin hypersensitivity, types of pain stimuli and pain impulse conduction theories while providing clinical evidence supporting over-the-counter and professionally applied desensitizing agents. Dental professionals will be provided with evidence-based strategies to provide optimal patient care for individuals affected by dentin hypersensitivity. Two treatment protocols available will be discussed and options for both in-office and at-home protocols will be presented.
- Describe factors which contribute to dentin hypersensitivity
- Identify the types of pain stimuli which elicit hypersensitive reactions
- Understand the ways in which desensitizing agents act to decrease sensitivity
- Evaluate treatment options to plan a program for evidenced-based, in-office treatment and home care for a patient to control or treat hypersensitivity
Diane Peterson is a Professional Education Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. In her role as a professional education manager, Diane gets to share her passion for the dental profession through her work with the Colgate Oral Health Network as well as providing continuing education to dental professionals. Prior to joining Colgate, Diane has had many roles in the profession from clinician, advocate, researcher, and educator. She received her Masters of Education in Education Leadership from the University of Vermont as well as her Associates in Science and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont.
She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, a member of American Dental Education Association, the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society and a consultant member of the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments.
Tuesday, August 17th