SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M2A925879
Module Leader Melissa Ferguson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)-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. It introduces the students to various methods of managing and controlling anxiety and learning opportunities in the application of methods of pain control.


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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: 1) Demonstrate awareness and understanding with the physiology of aging and its appropriate management.2) Demonstrate awareness and understanding with oral and dental diseases presentation in older population. Exercise an appropriate referral.3) Apply knowledge in maintaining dental implant-supported structures.4) Convey and critically analyse therapeutic drugs properties and their application to patient management.5) Undertake evaluation of patients' levels of dental anxiety, experience and expectations and use effective communication, reassurance and a range of behavioural techniques.6) Demonstrate knowledge and a discerning understanding of the benefits and risks of dental treatment carried out under general anaesthesia and conscious sedation.

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
Practicals (FT) 100.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 70.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 n/a 40.00 40% Clinical Case Presentation
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 40% Portfolio Submission of Observed and Peer Reviewed Clinical Work40% Mark - Exception Case 206
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 40% MSA (Multiple Short Answer) Paper40% Mark - Exception Case 206