This presentation will discuss common drugs used by children and adolescents and provide the attendee with approaches in identifying and managing patients with substance use disorders in the pediatric dental practice. Logic for experimenting, misusing, signs, symptoms, behaviors, and effects on the developing brain will be highlighted. Similarities, differences, and challenges of adolescents with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders will be discussed. Dental treatment recommendations, brief interventions, effective referral protocol, and resources for family members will be discussed.
At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- describe alcohol and drug use in early adolescence with progression to substance use disorders in late adolescence.
- discuss the neurocognitive effects of addictive substances on the developing adolescent brain.
- discuss patterns, trends, and contributing factors to substance use \ misuse among the adolescent population
- highlight similarities, differences, and discuss challenges of adolescents with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders.
- discuss how the pediatric dental practitioner and staff can identify and manage substance use and withdrawal syndrome behaviors in patients.
- recognize and deliver safe dental procedures for adolescents who are actively using alcohol and \ or other drugs; or are currently receiving treatment for opioid and substance use disorders.
- demonstrate and provide the pediatric dentist with brief interventions, referrals, and resources for the family.
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Of interest to Dentists, Students & Residents, Dental Auxiliaries and Dental Office Staff
Randy Lout, DDS – attended Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. After dental school, he completed a pediatric dental residency and Master of Science degree at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. As part of the residency, his hospital training was at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Hennepin County Medical Center. Pursuing further education later in life, he completed a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program at Grand Canyon University followed by licensure in substance abuse counseling. He is experienced in working with adolescents and health care professionals. Dr. Lout is a Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has served on the Council on Clinical Affairs, Evidence-Based Dental Committee, Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Lout is in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona.
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