Depression: Special Considerations for the Dental Setting

Publication ID Published Version
9010 September 28, 2011 1


The specific aim of this presentation is to increase awareness of depressive symptoms, impacts on oral health, treatments for depression and how to make appropriate referrals. This presentation and associated discussion guide will also encourage dental professionals to explore their own beliefs about depression in order to facilitate communication with patients and promote patient health. The resource contains a PowerPoint presentation with a script, a discussion guide, resource list, and instructor's guide. The material can be presented in a face to face class, or in an online or partially online course.


Hinz J. Depression: Special Considerations for the Dental Setting . MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2011. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To recognize symptoms of depression.
  2. To recognize oral health effects of depression.
  3. To recommend treatment and education to meet the special needs of the patient with depression.
  4. To communicate appropriately with patients with depression.
  5. To make appropriate referrals to mental health professionals.


  • Depression, Major Depressive Disorder


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Lecture

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Psychology/Behavioral Science
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student


  • Presentation

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