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


Dr. Joshua Austin

May 31, 2024



CE Credits:

About the Course

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

Anxiety, pain, depression, burnout. Dentistry can be difficult and take a toll. Studies show us 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/how to intervene.

Presented in Dr. Joshua Austin’s trademark comedic style, this course explores strategies for working together to improve mental health so we can be our best. 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.

Educational Objectives

  • Define mental health terms and analyze mental health statistics

  • Discover mechanisms for coping with our personal and professional challenges

  • Illuminate common DSM-5 diagnoses and characteristics

  • Learn how to choose the professionals for our own personal wellness team

  • Identify and examine our psychologic triggers and their importance

  • Explore the benefits of psychotherapy

  • Consider today to be Dental Mental Health Day!

Your Instructor

Dr. Joshua Austin

A graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, Dr. Joshua Austin served five years post-graduation as faculty in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Today he maintains a full-time restorative dentistry private practice in San Antonio, Texas.

Joshua has been honored with several awards during his dental career. In 2009, the Texas Dental Association names him Young Dentist of the Year. In 2010, the Texas Academy of General Dentistry named him New Dentist of the Year. Joshua has earned a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. In 2014, Joshua was awarded with a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists for his outstanding commitment to ethics in patient care.

Dr. Joshua Austin’s presentations deliver practical, applicable education that inspires and entertains attendees while also offering sound fundamentals that make a difference in dental practice success.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Consultant: Align Technology, 3M, Ivoclar

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