Tricia Osuna, RDH

Tricia Osuna, RDHTricia Osuna, RDH

1. Thursday, April 2, 2009
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3 CE credits
2. Friday, April 3, 2009
9 am -12 pm
3 CE credits
ODA course
Recommended for: Dental Team
1. What Is It? How Do I Use It?
Today's Dental Products and Treatment Options

Today's dental sessions require an exhaustive knowledge of products, instruments and equipment.  Our profession has changed and grown to a new level which offers us continuous challenges to recognize the new advances in technology and their use in dental hygiene.  As professionals providing health services, we should be at the pulse of clinical devices and treatment, while being able to recommend product protocols for use in the office. The process of care (assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation) requires us to understand what the products are, how to use them, contemporary treatment options, how to implement the procedures and evaluate what is and what is not working for us as individuals and as clinicians.

We will also discuss communication styles and motivational hints to bring acceptance of the challenges of the new era of dental hygiene therapy and dental treatment to your patients and team members.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize improvements on products utilized by dental professionals
  • Select materials and products for dental hygiene therapy, options in appropriate delivery of various therapeutics and appropriate patient home care products
  • Discuss strategies that incorporate efficiency in patient treatment for a more productive dental hygiene schedule and possibility of incorporating newer technologies
 2. Save Me ~ Save You!
Ergonomics and Effective Patient Care

There is an increased focus on ergonomics in the workplace and its impact on repetitive motion injuries.  State and National agencies are paying specific attention to causes and how they impact the clinician's ability to provide the best possible care for patients.  A review of ergonomics, how to increase your awareness or repetitive motion injuries and how they may be impacted by operatory design, instrument utilization/design/selection, sharpening skills/options and a variety of other issues. 

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify habits that lead to repetitive movement which may cause harm to the clinician's instrumentation abilities
  • Recognize need for a variety of instrument selection to successfully prepare for patient conditions/therapies
  • Design a program which will enhance patient treatment while identifying ergonomic needs
Tricia Osuna, RDH, BS, FAADH is a USC graduate and President of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene.  Tricia has over 30 years experience as a dental hygienist to share with her audiences in a humorous, enlightening and participatory presentation experience.  Ms. Osuna is a lifelong CDHA/ADHA member and a previous Member of the Dental Board of California.  Licensed in both California and New York, her experiences traverse the dental hygiene arena in a very unique way.  Tricia's career spans a variety of roles in the profession of dental hygiene including Consultant, Clinician, Educator, Author, Mentor as well as business owner of President of Professional Insights, Inc.