Programs & Course Objectives
Risky Business: How Safe is Your Practice?
Emily Boge CDA, RDH, MPA
This course trains dental professionals on current ergonomic safety techniques for clinical practice. During instruction, the speaker defines and discusses the incidence of risk-associated and musculoskeletal injuries among surveyed dental professionals and current approaches to prevention available in the dental product marketplace. This course has significant information on infection control and safety processes.
Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will:
- Define musculoskeletal injury and risk-associated injuries and discuss their prevalence in the dental professions;
- Investigate skills and techniques needed to properly prevent musculoskeletal injury;
- Discuss the role of current devices, armamentarium, and posturing for ergonomic success in dental practices;
- Evaluate potential risk and ergonomic hazards to avoid during practice;
- Investigate options for personal protective equipment to practice safely.
Hot Stuff: The Fire Within
Kathryn Gilliam, BA, RDH, FAAOSH
Periodontal pathogens and inflammation have devastating effects on systemic health. Learn how dental professionals save lives by transitioning traditional dental practice to whole health care. Hot Stuff: The Fire Within Periodontal disease contributes to many catastrophic systemic illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dental professionals can impact patient wellness by utilizing a medical model of care in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Elevate the professional identity of your practice while increasing personal and professional satisfaction in your team! Create a wellness-centered practice with an informed team that inspires confidence in patients, improving both the overall quality of patient care and practice financial health. In this comprehensive, fast-paced course, explore the science behind the oral-systemic connection and survey systemic diseases associated with periodontal disease. Identify how to integrate diagnostic testing into the practice, implement adjunctive therapies, and compare home hygiene options. In addition, examine medical conditions, such as diabetes and cancer, that affect dental treatment, and learn how to manage medically compromised patients.
- Comprehend the role of keystone bacteria and inflammation in periodontal disease and its effect on systemic health
- Illuminate the significance and challenges of oral biofilm
- Discover how medical wound care protocols can be utilized in the treatment of periodontal disease
- Recognize systemic health problems within the dental maintenance appointment
- Explore leading-edge techniques and technologies to enhance periodontal treatment
- Learn the screening tools used to determine the extent of periodontal infection and genetic risk
- Elevate communication skills to educate and engage patients in their health choices and treatment considerations
- Hone communication techniques for sharing screening information and coordinating treatment recommendations with physicians
- Specify nutritional supplements and diet recommendations to address periodontal inflammation and support the immune system
The Ghost Images of Radiographs Past, Present & Future
A Holiday Program on Radiographic Technique
Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF
T’was the month before the end of 2020 (thank goodness) and all through the office, EVERY patient needed radiographs, even the gaggers who were nauseous. The radiograph sensors plugged into the operatory USB with care, in hopes that we would capture the distal of the canine, if even by a hair…
Santa has made his list and checked it twice: he knows that dental radiographs can be on the naughty list in adding additional procedures and stress within the clinical day but also on the nice list in providing high-level diagnostic quality images to guide our clinical decision-making. Join Katrina M Sanders (who is more proficient in dental radiography than she is writing Christmas poetry) as she helps you make your list and check it twice in ensuring your radiographic technique is on the nice list. Afterall: all we really want for Christmas is perfect radiographic technique!
- Review radiographic techniques to align with the provision of excellence
- Identify radiographic errors and their limitations to oral diagnostics
- Integrate technique-sensitive provisions in oral imaging to elevate patient care
Dental Anxiety is Real! Is your office CBD ready?
Dinene Manz RDH, BA
- Evaluate the cause and effects of anxiety in dental patients
- Comprehend the affect CBD, CBN, and THC have in the body & the potential role in relieving anxiety
- Recognize the role of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the body and how different cannabinoids affect its function