Diagnosis, Preventive, and Restorative Treatment for Patients with Special Health Care Needs (recorded webinar)

Course Description

This session will provide dental providers, and their support personnel with a skill set in diagnosing and delivering preventive and restorative dental treatment in traditional dental settings for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs across their lifespan. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn from a self-advocate’s experience accessing specialized dental care.
  • Understand barriers to delivering required dental services to CYSHCN across their lifespan in traditional dental settings and approaches to addressing them.
  • Learn how to accommodate special needs while delivering preventive and restorative dental services in a traditional dental office.
  • Learn ways to promote a happy clinical environment and prevent physical restraints for CYSHCN.


Kathleen Moralez

Kathleen Moralez was born and raised in Montana. She completed her dental assistant training in Arkansas, where she became DANB certified in 1992. In addition to life experience, her dental assisting training includes sedation dentistry, emergency medical response, and advanced life support. She is also proficient in American Sign Language. Prior to working in Arizona for the last 28 years, she worked in Montana, Texas, and Oregon. Her current primary role is Senior Dental Assistant in the Dr. Rick Workman Advanced Care Clinic at The Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Mrs. Moralez has received her National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. For the last thirteen years, her passion has been helping patients with special needs. Kathy is the mother of two sons with autism, ages 13 and 31. Her personal and professional experiences have helped her discover her professional calling: working with patients who have special needs and complex medical conditions. She hopes to inspire and guide others in better understanding and working with this underserved population.

Dr. Mai-Ly Duong

Mai-Ly (My-Lee) received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Masters in Public Health (MPH) from A.T. Still University. She completed a Masters in Education (MAEd) with a dental emphasis from the University of the Pacific. She serves as a full-time Associate Professor and Director of Special Care Dentistry at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health The Center for Advanced Oral Health. She works to support students, residents, and faculty treating individuals with special needs and complex medical conditions. She also works as a part-time associate dentist at Sundance Dental Care.

She completed a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from New York University Langone Medical Center. This program evolved her clinical skills to include CADCAM (Computer Aided Design Computer Aided Manufacturing), sedation dentistry, and advanced periodontal and oral surgery.

Dr. Maureen Perry

Dr. Maureen Perry is a Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). She completed a 3-year hospital training program focused on treating patients with medically complex conditions, behavioral health issues, and developmental disabilities Dr. Perry is a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She is a past president of the Special Care Dental Association and has served as a U.S. council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health.

Dr. Perry has had a 25-year career both practicing and teaching special care dentistry with a particular interest in working with patients with developmental disabilities. She has conducted research on oral health-related quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and education in special care dentistry, as well as lectured and published at the national and international levels. Her professional service includes the editorial boards of both the Special Care in Dentistry Journal and the Journal of Disability and Oral Health. In addition, she has served as a subject matter expert in special care dentistry for the US Navy (USNS Comfort Hospital Ship), the Hamad HealthCare Corporation of Qatar, and the Republic of Ireland.

**Please fill out the evaluation after you have completed the course in order to receive CDE credits.