Oral Medicine Practice Session 1: Clinical "Red Flags" in Oral Medicine

Identifying the Red Flags in Your Patient's Behavior

Kristine A. Donovan, PhD, MBA

Thursday, April 30
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Joel Napenas, DDS


Oral medicine patients may suffer from chronic debilitating conditions. This may negatively impact their physical, psychological, emotional and economic status and lead to serious and harmful consequences.  This talk emphasizes the alerting signs in patients’ behavior and guides clinicians on how to detect and deal with these red flags.

Learning Objectives

  1. Highlight the most common red flags in patient’s behavior that might be tied to harmful consequences such as suicidal ideation, drug seeking behavior, litigation, etc..
  2. Provide guidance on how to detect and confirm the existence of these concerning behaviors/ideations.
  3. Illustrate the prompt action practitioners should take to contain this behavior and prevent its consequences.