Webinar: Bariatric Dentistry

The ISDH are excited to welcome our members into the new year with a virtual presentation by Drs Gillian Howie and Alison Lange as they discuss the challenges and considerations in bariatric dentistry.

Wednesday 26th January 8:00pm GMT

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Learning outcomes:

–       To appreciate the demand for special care dentistry, for the increasing bariatric population

–       To acknowledge the challenges for dental staff treating bariatric patients under local anaesthetic

–       To increase awareness of the importance of appropriately assessing the risk associated with midazolam sedation in obese dental patients

–       To discuss the management considerations which may help to mitigate this increased risk during sedation


This webinar is kindly sponsored by the team in Kin and Pamex, an organisation passionate about supporting the oral health needs of patients with disadvantages or disabilities.

Dr Gillian C Howie


Gillian studied Dentistry at The University of Glasgow, where her interest in Special Care first developed. Her enthusiasm for caring for vulnerable groups outwith the dental setting has always formed a large part of her extracurricular activities.

After completing a wide range of dental training posts across the UK, Gillian began her Specialty Training in Special Care Dentistry in Birmingham. During this time she developed a keen interest in the management of medically complex patients. Of greatest relevance to this presentation, and following an increase in the number of obese patients requiring treatment under sedation and general anaesthetic, Gillian published a paper that explores the clinical considerations in providing sedation for obese patients. Gillian is now a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry in Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


Dr Alison Lange


Alison is a specialist registrar in special care dentistry in Northampton. Her interests include : dementia, excluded vulnerable patient groups and patients with degenerative disorders. She is a sedation operator and works under general anaesthetic to provide comprehensive care to patients.

Alison graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2015, has completed dental foundation training, two years of core training in an oral and maxillofacial unit. For the last three years, she has worked as a dental officer in the community dental service before commencing speciality training.

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