Understanding and Working with Caregivers and Group Homes, Dental Desensitization/Advanced Behavior Techniques for Patients with IDD at AbSSLC

Texas Oral Health Coalition

Special Conditions and Barriers and Challenges Providing Dental Care to Patients with IDD

Mark Bullock, DDS

Dr. Bullock is a special needs dentist and dental director at the Abilene State Supported Living Center, a state facility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He previously served as the Chief Dental Officer for Mercy Ships, providing free dental care to the people of West Africa. After earning his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio, he completed a 1-year Army residency in Advanced General Dentistry. Driven by a passion for underserved dental patients, he takes pride in providing comprehensive and compassionate dental care to patients with complex needs and challenges. As a special needs dentist, his goals include improving access to quality dental care for patients with IDD.

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Course Description

Part 1 – Patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often do not live or work where most “normal” dental patients live and work. Patients with IDD may live in a variety of non-traditional environments including at home with parents/caregivers, group homes, or institutions. Also, patients with IDD may work but not in a traditional job. A patient’s living situation should be taken into consideration in the management of their oral health. Also, the type of living environment and work schedule may impact dental care.

Part 2 – Patients with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) often have cooperation issues with dental care. The Abilene State Supported Living Center has developed an advanced program to help identify behavioral challenges and develop strategies to help improve patients’ cooperation in the dental office. It is called Dental Desensitization.

Course Objectives

  1. Discuss types of places patients with IDD may live and how this may impact dental care.
  2. Discuss types of jobs patients with IDD may hold and how this may impact dental care.
  3. Discuss the Dental Desensitization Program developed at Abilene State Supported Living Center and explore ways that patients with IDD can learn to better cooperate with dental care.

Credit hours: 1.0 CEU 

Teaching Method: Live webinar lecture

Edification is complimentary to all attendees and continuing dental education is free to TxOHC members. All other attendees will be charged $10.00 to receive continuing dental education for this course.

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Presenter Contact Information:
Mark Bullock: Mark.bullock@hhs.texas.gov

AGD Subject Code: 750 Special Patient Care

Date of Original Presentation: August 12, 2022

Date Released: September 8, 2022

Date of Expiration: August 12, 2024

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For more information and references on treating patients with IDD, please visit the Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities.

Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144

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