Join us for our last CE of the 2022!
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022
Location: GADHA Zoom Webinar platform
Time: 6:30 PM Membership Meeting
7:00 PM Lecture start
CE units – 1.5 Maximum
Cost to attendees: Free – $25
You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Mental Health in Dentistry
Talks of burnout, stress, anxiety and depression have never been so widely talked about in the dental profession as it is today. With the increase of stress from the COVID-19 pandemic and increased demands of being clinical dentistry, it is no wonder so many dental professionals are leaving the profession and reporting feelings of burnout. This course will identify symptoms of burnout and ways to combat burnout in dentistry. I will take clinicians through my personal journey with burnout and what I did to reignite my passion for dentistry.
This course will also focus on mental health disorders and its impact on oral health. This course seeks to identify signs of anxiety and depression in our patient population. The goal of this course is to bring awareness to mental health issues in patients and clinicians. The course will also provide resources and strategies when dealing with patients with anxiety and depression, and other mental health disorders.
The learner will be able to
- Identify signs of burnout in dental practitioners.
- Modify their care for patients suffering mental health disorders.
- Assess the patient’s oral health status and its correlation with the patient’s mental health.
Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH, has been compassionately blazing trails personally and professionally for more than 10 years. As a clinician, educator, author, and champion for public health issues, she inspires industry colleagues with unique stories that include triumph over abuse and discovering her identity as “The Latina RDH.” Celebrated as her family’s first college graduate, Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from The University of Texas School of Dentistry She now hosts A Cuento De Dos Higienistas podcast. Amber is recipient of numerous national and state awards and academic scholarships including being named 2021’s Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know & 2022 Sunstar Award of Distinction recipient. Amber is the co-author of Smiles Por Vida a Spanish & Spanglish not for profit children’s dental book. Amber also has a monthly column with RDH Magazine. A powerful speaker and advocate, Amber is one of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s powerhouse allies for underserved populations. Her leadership has included the influence of oral health public policy in her home state and beyond as she motivates and empowers clinicians through presentations of perseverance and resilience. Amber is also the founder of Latin RDH, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the Latin dental hygiene community.