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



Getting routine dental care and treatment is vital for maintaining good health. However, dental care can become complicated for patients with medical comorbidities and special healthcare needs, especially if their medical history is complex. Additionally, transitioning from pediatric to adult-based care is a significant turning point in a patient’s life. This transition can result in lapses in care or loss of follow-up, further complicating matters.

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 between dentists and physicians and increased medical involvement by the dentist. The aging population, as well as the 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, routine oral and dental care improves health outcomes. Still, this care must be rendered in a manner that is comfortable, accessible, and consistent for the patient.  The Management and Transition from Pediatric to Adult Dental Care for Patients with Special Needs course aims to discuss the implications of the transition of care on patients and their families/ support networks, considerations for the transition of care for patients with special needs, and methods and processes of care transitions. We will discuss the dentists’ role in the transitional process, policy and resource changes that occur during this transition, and its impact on dental and overall health.

Upon completion of Management and Transition from Pediatric to Adult Dental Care for Patients with Special Needs course, you will be able to:

  • Critically assess a patient’s medical history and the 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 the implications and necessity of 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, focusing on special care, geriatrics, and the dental management of medically complex patients. She earned her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, completed her thesis on managing patients with special healthcare needs, and completed her advanced training in hospital dentistry at the University of Michigan. 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 severe medical comorbidities. She provides direct care for complex patients, older adults, and adults with special needs and instructs dental students in providing excellent dental care for complex patients. Her research interests involve improving care methods, materials, and techniques for patients with special and medically complex healthcare needs. 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 course content development.

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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