The Role of Teledentistry When Caring for People With Disabilities
Dr. Scott Howell is an associate professor and Director of Public Health Dentistry & Teledentistry at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), clinical advisor for MouthWatch, and a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity. Prior to dental school, Dr. Howell worked in portable dentistry as a dental assistant in Michigan going to long term care facilities, detention centers, and inner-city schools. He graduated from the ATSU-ASDOH DMD/MPH program in 2014. He spent one year at the Swedish Medical Center GPR in Seattle treating patients with complex medical conditions and special needs. After residency, he returned to ATSU-ASDOH to develop a teledentistry program. Interested in learning more about the broader aspects of oral health, he completed a dental public health residency at UT Health San Antonio in 2019. He became board certified in dental public health in 2020. He has spoken at state, national, and international levels on teledentistry, written extensively on the subject, and has advocated for changes in teledentistry policy and laws in his home state of Arizona.
Disclosure: Dr. Howell receives consulting fees and travel reimbursements and is a clinical advisor for MouthWatch LLC.
In this presentation, participants will learn how technology can help bring patients into the dental clinic, even when the provider & patient are in different locations. Examples demonstrating various teledentistry technologies, including asynchronous, synchronous & remote patient monitoring, will be explored, with a focus on prevention & follow up care. Ideas for implementing teledentistry in any dental setting will also be discussed to aid providers in using teledentistry within their clinics
- Differentiate between teledentistry modalities and how the different modalities can be utilized to help patients with disabilities
- Identify opportunities for using teledentistry within various clinical settings
- List key steps to take when using videoconferencing technology to meet with patients over a distance