Our Chamfered Psyche: The Mental Dental ConnectionDate(s)
Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD
Subject: 750 Special Patient Care
Thursday, July 14: 7:30–9 p.m. CDT
Fee: $125 (nonmembers); $75 (members); $37.50 (students)
Anxiety, pain, depression, burnout — dentistry can be difficult and take a toll. Studies show that dental professionals experience a high incidence of mental illness. Additionally, many dental professionals don’t clearly understand the mental health conditions that patients may present with, which red flags to watch for or what to do/how to intervene.
This course will explore strategies for working together to improve mental health. Learn to recognize triggers and warning signs. Identify essential tools and resources. Discover how and when to refer to a mental health professional. Explore and understand mental health terms, common treatments and therapy options. Gain coping mechanisms and learn how to manage expectations — both our own and those of our patients.
- Define mental health terms and analyze mental health statistics.
- Discover mechanisms for coping with our personal and professional challenges.
- Illuminate common DSM-5 diagnoses and characteristics.
Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD, maintains a full-time restorative dentistry practice in San Antonio, Texas. He is an editorial director and columnist for Dental Economics magazine, focusing on dental products and technology. His approach to his “Pearls for Your Practice” column is a fresh approach in today’s commercial-driven dental journalism. Each column is an honest evaluation of a product that was used by Austin in clinical practice on a patient. Austin lectures around the country to study clubs and dental meetings about these topics as well as digital marketing and mental health. Austin is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry and spent five years post-graduation as a faculty member in the department of restorative dentistry.