Treatment Planning for Medically Complex Patients Living in the “Second Fifty”

Medically Complex Patient

Friday, April 6, 2018

American adults live longer than ever before. Once they celebrate their 50th birthday, many adults will have a “second fifty” years of life ahead. The relationship between oral health and general health is dynamic, particularly if living with complex medical conditions. The entire dental team will benefit from this important, timely information.

During your patients’ second fifty years, the oral health of individuals impacted by cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic diseases, arthritis, and respiratory disease is of profound concern.

The health of the oral cavity—that is, the teeth, oral soft tissues, underlying bone, neurosensory apparatus, immune system, and glandular mechanisms—is critical to chewing, tasting, swallowing, and speech, as well as to adaptation to dentures.

Learn How To

  • Obtain medical information from dental patients
  • Perform a physical evaluation of dental patients
  • Assess the medical condition of dental patients
  • Make decisions on management of patients with complex and common medical conditions
  • Quantify the rationale for use of antibiotic prophylaxis for dental patients
  • Review the most recent standards and recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis for dental patients
  • Determine the appropriate conditions for antibiotic prophylaxis for dental patients
  • Review conditions that may cause adverse bleeding in dental patients
  • Recognize the latest anticoagulant drugs
  • Review recent recommendations for preventing bleeding problems among dental patients
  • Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology and complications from diabetes mellitus
  • Recognize the latest medical and pharmacological treatment for diabetes mellitus
  • Manage the dental patient with diabetes mellitus

Training Methods

Presentations, discussion, table-based activities

Meet Our Expert

Nelson L. Rhodus, DMD, MPH, Distinguished Professor and Director, Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, and Director of the Oral Medicine and Xerostomia Clinics. Dr. Rhodus is an attending member of the Hospital Staff of University-Fairview Medical Center and the Minnesota Cancer Center, and a consultant to the Veteran's Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center.


  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one week (five working days) before the program. If you cancel less than one week prior to the program, a $50 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108-6092 

The Continuing Education & Conference Center is located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, just east of the intersection of Gortner and Buford.

Get direction to the Continuing Education & Conference Center


Reserved parking has been secured in Lot 104 (overflow parking in Lot 108), adjacent to the Continuing Education and Conference Center, between the hours of 7 AM and 10 AM. As you pull up to the gate, let the attendant know the name of the continuing dental education program you are attending. Attendees who arrive after 10 AM will have to pay for parking ($6) upon entering the lot. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Please note that if you park anywhere besides Lot 104 or Lot 108, you will be responsible for the parking fees.


List of hotels near campus.


$305 dentist

$175 senior citizen dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant

$155 second and each additional dental therapist, hygienist or assistant


6 hours

Minnesota Credits
1.5 core (Recordkeeping)
4.5 core (Diagnosis & Treatment Planning)


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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