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The Pain Epidemic of the 21st Century

2018-09-11T10:20:13+00:00
2 Hours for associated CEU credits

Course Description:
Pain is now considered a global health issue and may affect each and every one of us in our lifetime in one way or another. With mounting evidence demonstrating the high prevalence of pain in today’s society, it is important to discuss the many facets of pain such as: awareness and education, assessment, treatment and mismanagement. This course has been designed to enhance the role that healthcare providers play in providing a collaborative approach to patient centered and comprehensive care and address the opioid crisis.

  • Explore the physiological and psychological causes of pain
  • Review acute and chronic pain
  • Discuss the opioid crisis
  • Identify pain management strategies
Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS graduated with her dental hygiene degree from the University of South Dakota in 1995. For the two last decades, she has been actively involved in dental hygiene leadership and advocacy on the local, state and national level. She has expertise as dental hygiene faculty with public health programs, periodontics and local anesthesia. She has facilitated strategic planning, legislative efforts and leadership training for dental hygiene associations in 6 states on the west/pacific coast and has worked with legislators in Nevada and Washington DC on access to care issues. Lancette is a past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists Association and is a past recipient of the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year award. On the national level, she recently served for 4 years on the board of directors for the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and currently serves on the national ADHA Leadership Development Committee.

Currently, Lancette works as a clinician in private practice, in the corporate world as a professional educator, as a public health dental hygienist and is a member of the Premier Dental Professional Speaker Bureau. Lancette also launched a nonprofit school based oral health program in rural communities in northern Nevada in 2016. In this current school year alone, her program may reach over 10,000 students ranging from age 4 to age 20. She has the opportunity to work independently and provide all dental hygiene services to underserved populations with her Public Health Endorsement. Her experience in dental hygiene education, leadership and clinical practice has enabled her to develop CE courses that are relevant for the entire dental team.