Management and Transition from Pediatric to Adult Dental Care for Patients with Special Needs – 2 Hours



Dental care and dental treatment are paramount to health. However, the provision of routine dental care can become quite complicated for patients with medical comorbidities and special health care needs, with increasing consideration the more complex the patient’s medical history. The transition from pediatric to adult based care is a significant point of inflection in a patient’s life and routine management of care. This inflection point can often to contribute to lapses in care or loss to follow up.

The transition of care for patients with more complex needs, such as chronic health conditions like sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, syndromic conditions, and autism necessitates increased communication of dentists with physicians, as well as increased medical involvement by the dentist. The aging population, as well as growing population of patients with special needs (intellectual and developmental disabilities) has contributed to the increased medical management of patients for dental care, and collaborative transitional care.

Continuous, appropriate and routine oral and dental care contributes to improved health outcomes, but this care must be rendered in a manner that is comfortable, accessible, and consistent for the patient.  We will discuss the implications of transition of care on patients and their families/ support networks, considerations for transition of care for patients with special needs, and methods and processes of transitions of care. We will discuss the dentists’ role in the transitional process, policy and resource changes that occur during this transition, as well as its impact on dental and overall health.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically assess a patient’s medical history and assess need for further evaluation or information for transition.
  • Comprehend the implication of several common medical diagnoses on patients’ physiology and function, and how this impacts their dental care.
  • State current clinical guidelines and processes for comprehensive transition of care.
  • Summarize how to communicate with the medical team to optimize a patient for dental transition and treatment.
  • Support patients who have difficulty tolerating dental treatment and understand implications and necessity for transition, as well as guide patients through the process of transition


Contact Hours : 2 (Two) 

Course Fee: $20 / Participant

Prerequisite: None

Author: Sydnee Chavis, DMD, FSCDA (Dr. Sydnee Chavis, DMD is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with a focus on special care, geriatrics, and the dental management of medically complex patients. She earned her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, completing her thesis on the management of patients with special healthcare needs, and completed her advanced training at the University of Michigan in hospital dentistry. Her clinical focus is the provision of care for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the dental treatment of patients with significant and sever medical comorbities. She provides direct care for complex patients, older adults, and adults with special needs, as well as instructs dental students in the provision of excellent dental care for complex patients. Her research interests involve improvement in care methods, materials, and techniques for patients with special healthcare needs and medically complex patients. She has lectured internationally regarding the clinical care and management of patients with special needs and medically complex patients.)

AGD PACE Subject Code: 754 – Dentistry for the Medically Compromised/Sp Pt Care

Teaching Method:  Online Independent Self-Study Course (Recorded Video + Post-Test). Requires Computer & Internet.

Course Completion Certificate : A Printable (Pdf) Certificate By Email.

Target Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants.

Provider/Author Disclosure: Biologix Solutions LLC does not have a commercial interest in any products or services  discussed or shared in this educational activity nor with the commercial supporter. No manufacturer or third party has had any input into the development of course content.

Dental Continuing EducationBiologix Solutions LLC – Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 4/20/2013 to 4/30/2025. Provider ID# 352738


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