74425 - Dentistry for Patients with Special Needs

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Gabriela Piana

  • Credits 2

  • SSD MED/28

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will recognize the main oral pathologies through learning about systemic diseases that increase the need of dental treatment for patients with special needs.

Course contents

The definitions of disability according to the WHO

The health vulnerabilities according to the LEA in Emilia Romagna region

Guidelines of oral health promotion in patients with special needs

The role of the dental hygienist in promoting oral health in patients with special needs

The communication between the dentist and the patient with special needs

Pain control in patients with special needs

Guidelines for dental treatment in the patient with special needs

The dental facility for patients with special needs


Didactic material provided by the Professor

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of lectures and practical classes.

Lectures, based on the principles of medical teaching, require a close interaction between teacher and students and are organized in order to simulate a situation that represents the daily challenges faced by the dentist in pediatric patient management.

The practical lessons, carried out by dividing the students into groups, are addressed to the student acquire vocational skills, communication and teamwork.

Assessment methods

The final exam will be carried out through a written with a clinical case and an oral test to assess the students' knowledge of the course program.

Teaching tools

Audiovisual material

Slide show lectures

Scientific articles (available at the School of Dentistry)

Office hours

See the website of Gabriela Piana