SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2A920785
Module Leader Patricia Jackson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of level 1 modules

Summary of Content

This module considers specific aspects of oral health care relating to: -The care of patients with physical or learning disabilities, mental health problems or patients who are medically compromised or terminally ill. -The provision of domiciliary care and the student's role within this environment. -The provision of dental care within different branches of dentistry.


Adult restorative dentistry. Management of the older adult. Domiciliary care. Implantology. Smoking cessation. Special care dentistry. Patient Management

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of this module students should be able to: 1) Be familiar with the work of other healthcare workers.2) Be familiar with the structures of the public health services.3) Have knowledge of their responsibilities in relation to the referral of patients.4) Have knowledge of the effects of smoking on the oral tissues and recognise the need for appropriate referral to assist in smoking cessation.5) Be familiar with the options for replacing teeth, including both intra and extra-coronal, plastic and cast restorations, fixed and removable prosthesis and dental implants.6) Be familiar with the physiology of aging and the management of problems associated with care of the older adult.7) Be familiar with the presentation of oral and dental diseases and disorders in the older adult and of making an appropriate referral.8) Be competent in the cleaning, polishing and scaling of dental implant-supported structures.9) Be familiar with implant-retained crowns, bridges and removable prosthesis.10) Be competent at providing smoking cessation advice for patients.11) Have knowledge of the principles and problems involved in the provision of domiciliary dental care and the role of the dental hygienist and dental therapist within this environment.12) Have knowledge of the dental care of patients with physical or learning disabilities, mental health problems, or who are medically compromised or terminally ill.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will supply the theoretical basis of knowledge, which will be enhanced by interactive tutorials, case studies and application in the clinical environment. Directed learning will promote the enquiring mind and an ability to extract material from a variety of sources. Thus a clinical reasoned rational approach to problem solving is achieved through tutorials, classroom interactions, case studies and clinical studies.

Indicative Reading

Collins WJN, Walsh TF, Figures K.(1992) A Handbook for Dental Hygienists, 4 th edition. Wright FiskeJ, DougallA and LewisD.(2009) A Clinical Guide to Special Care Dentistry. The British Dental Journal Freeman Humphrey. (2010)Communicating in Dental Practice. Quintessence Heasman, Preshaw, Robertson(2004). Successful Periodontal Therapy. Quintessence IrelandR. (2006)Clinical Textbook of Dental Hygiene and Therapy. Blackwell Munksgard LindheJ. (1997)Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry 5 th edition. Munksgaard

Transferrable Skills

Evaluation of self and peers Auditing outcomes Logical planning Self reliance Consent, counselling, compliance, recording and communicating data to third parties Psychological aspects of patient behaviour Investigation and management of patients

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 74.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00
Independent Learning (FT) 7.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 n/a 50.00 40% Clinical Case Presentation
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 40% Portfolio Submission of Observed and Peer Reviewed Clinical Work