The Mental-Dental Connection: The Secret to Being a Better Clinician and Leader

May. 21, 2024 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD
Subject: 150 Health Medicine and Nutrition
Credits: 1.5
Method: Lecture
Tuesday, May 21: 7:30–9 p.m. CDT
Audience: Students, Residents, Dentists, Dental Assistants 
Fee: $37.50 (students and residents); $75 (members); $125 (nonmembers)


Anxiety, pain, depression, burnout — dentistry can be difficult and take a toll. Studies show that dental professionals experience a high incidence of mental illness. Additionally, many dental professionals don’t clearly understand the mental health conditions that our patients present with, which red flags to watch for, or what to do and how to intervene. Presented in Austin’s trademark comedic style, this course explores strategies for working together to improve mental health so we can be our best. 

Learning Objectives 

• Learn how to recognize triggers and warning signs.
• Identify essential tools and resources.
• Discover how and when to refer to a mental health professional.
• Explore and understand mental health terms, common treatments and therapy options.
• Gain coping mechanisms and learn how to manage expectations — both our own and those of our patients.

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Speaker Bio 

On mainstages at major conferences across the industry, presentations by Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD, deliver practical, applicable education that inspires and entertains attendees while also offering sound fundamentals that make a difference in dental practice success. From Dentsply Sirona World to Seattle Study Club Symposiums, his keynote performances are met with rave reviews from audiences and conference organizers alike. Austin incorporates his trademark comedic style in his lectures across the country on topics such as mental wellness, new products/materials review and online reputation management.
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