It’s All About Saving Lives! Organ Transplantation, Donation and Recipient Care

Friday, April 22

2 - 5:30 PM

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA

About the Course

As dental professionals we are able do something unique to help the thousands of individuals in need of our care. As a specific set of health care providers treating this unique group, transplant recipients, it is necessary for us to understand their dental care options and oral hygiene needs. Organ transplantation and donation have increased tremendously over the last 10 years, yet there is still an immense need for understanding the processes of donation, transplantation and recipient care. Participate in a sharing of organ transplantation and donation information; learn about transplant recipients and their need for specialized dental care. This presentation will offer insight about the ‘how to’s’ of dental care for organ recipients and communication with their families. We will share insight on how to be a donor, understand that process and aid in sharing the message with your patients and colleagues on how to ~ Save Lives! Sharing life’s experiences is a fabulous way to learn!

This session will enable participants to:
•Recognize the need for specialized care for transplant recipients
•Develop protocols for patient’s dental needs based on medications and oral complications
•Appreciate and understand organ donation processes
•Communicate with patients and family to share the need for registration


Tricia Osuna, RDH, BSDH, FAADH

Tricia Osuna, RDH, BSDH, FAADH, a University of Southern California graduate and Past President of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and California Dental Hygienists’ Association. Tricia has 43 years as a dental hygienist, many of those years as a clinician, and shares this with her audiences in a humorous and enlightening presentation experience. She’s a lifelong CDHA/ADHA member and previous member of the Dental Board of California. She is licensed in California and New York, and her experiences traverse the dental hygiene arena in a unique way, spanning roles including consultant, clinician, educator, international presenter, author, mentor and owner of Professional Insights Inc.

Conflict of Interest: None reported.

Tricia Osuna, RDH, BSDH, FAADH