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Chemical dependency is a worldwide problem and a
major public health concern in the United States. To
adjust for the magnitude of this crisis, The Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual (DSM)-V has expanded the
definition of chemical dependency. Chemical dependency
causes a multitude of physiological and neurological
effects in a patient, which has the potential to alter a
dental professional’s treatment plan. With high relapse
rates in this population, dental providers will likely
encounter those in active and long-term treatment
and management. This course will explore chemical
dependency in the United States and focus on its etiology,
diagnosis, treatment, and dental considerations.
At the conclusion of this course, the dental
health professional will be able to:
1. Define chemical dependency.
2. Recognize the signs and symptoms of
3. Be familiar with the etiology of chemical
4. Understand the diagnosis and treatment
modalities for patients with chemical
5. Safely render dental treatment to patients
with chemical dependency problems.
Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH, MHA, graduated magna cum laude from both
Ohio University with her MHA degree and the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene
at Baylor College of Dentistry with a BSDH. She has held numerous leadership
roles in the tripartite of the American/Texas/Dallas Dental Hygiene Associations.
She is currently the dental hygiene program director at Concorde Career College
in San Antonio, Texas, where she also teaches pharmacology, special needs, and
clinical sciences. She has published numerous articles and written peer-reviewed
continuing education courses on a broad range of topics for RDH, Dental Economics,
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Canadian Dental Journal, and Access.
The author has no affiliations with any company that would have a gained interest in
the material published in this course. There was no corporate sponsor in the making of
this course, and the author is not employed by a company that would stand to profit
off the publication of this course. All research is presented in an unbiased manner.
Publication date: May 2017
Expiration date: Apr. 2020
This educational activity was developed by Penn Well’s Dental Group with no commercial support.
This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, from novice to skilled.
Educational Methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.
Provider Disclosure: Penn Well does not have a leadership position or 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.
Requirements for Successful Completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity you must pay the required
fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation and obtain a score of at least 70%.
CE Planner Disclosure: Heather Hodges, CE Coordinator does not have a leadership or commercial interest with products
or services discussed in this educational activity. Heather can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result
in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses
and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.
Image Authenticity Statement: The images in this educational activity have not been altered.
Scientific Integrity Statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents
the most current information available from evidence based dentistry.
Known Benefits and Limitations of the Data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the
data and information contained in reference section. The research data is extensive and provides direct benefit to the patient
and improvements in oral health.
Registration: The cost of this CE course is $59.00 for 3 CE credits.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by
contacting PennWell in writing.
PennWell designates this activity for 3 continuing educational credits.
Dental Board of California: Provider 4527, course registration number CA# 03-4527-15166
“This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”
The PennWell Corporation is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the
Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this
program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership
maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of
dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from (11/1/2015) to
(10/31/2019) Provider ID# 320452.
INS TAN T EXAM CODE 15166
Dental Professionals’ Guide
To Chemical Dependency
A Peer-Reviewed Publication
Written by Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH, MHA
3 CE credits
This course was
written for dentists,