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Cannabinoids, Illicit Drugs
and the Dental Patient 
Part 1: Medical Cannabinoids and Dental Concerns
Dr. Mark Donaldson BSP, RPH, PHARMD, FASHP, FACHE

Have you ever had to face the prospect of treating a medically-complex patient?  Have you ever had a patient needing treatment for a dental emergency who has more than one underlying chronic disease?  What about your patients of record who are on more than five medications? Now what if these same patients are also experimenting with cannabinoids or illicit drugs? How does the use of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, crack, Salvia divinorum, khat bush, or designer drugs such as MDPV change your treatment plan?

 

Drug abuse remains a major problem in our society. According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), between 2010 and 2016 an estimated 4.3 million (4.7%) adults aged 50 or older had used an illicit drug in the previous year. Moreover, the organization’s combined data from 2002 to 2017 showed that over 8.3 million children (11.9%) lived with at least one parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or an illicit drug during the past year. Among that population almost 2.1 million (3.0%) lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused illicit drugs. Young adults aged 18 to 25 have been shown to be the most likely to use methamphetamine.

 

Providing dental care to anxious, fearful and medically-complex patients continues to be a major challenge facing dentists. Now more than ever, dental professionals are faced with the additional challenge of treating these patients’ oral health needs in the face of recently deregulated cannabinoids and potential illicit drug use such that the simple approach to, “drilling and filling” has just been cranked up a few more notches.  

 

If substance abuse and dependence affects one in ten North Americans, this means one in ten of your patients. This interactive program looks at some of these most challenging patients, their most common negative sequelae due to cannabinoids and illicit drug use and the management of these patients with a particular focus on the dental realm. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant’s questions are addressed.  Most importantly, you will learn directly applicable strategies to successfully treat these medically-complex patients on Monday morning. After all, our goal is to make sure all dental appointments are not just successful for your patient, but also for you and your staff.


 

Objectives to be covered: 

 

  • Discuss the four main challenges of medically complex dental patients.

  • Understand the concept of risk and how to select and de-select appropriate patients.

  • Describe the risk factors to consider when treating patients who use illicit drugs.

  • Recognize some of the oral signs of illicit drug use and how to better manage these patients.

  • Understand the pathophysiology of drug-induced xerostomia and current treatment options.

  • Learn how to help make all of your appointments successful for you, your Team and your patients.

Medical Canabinoids
Cannabinoids, Illicit Drugs
and the Dental Patient 
Part 2: Illicit Drugs and Dental Concerns
Dr. Mark Donaldson BSP, RPH, PHARMD, FASHP, FACHE  

Have you ever had to face the prospect of treating a medically-complex patient?  Have you ever had a patient needing treatment for a dental emergency who has more than one underlying chronic disease?  What about your patients of record who are on more than five medications? Now what if these same patients are also experimenting with cannabinoids or illicit drugs? How does the use of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, crack, Salvia divinorum, khat bush, or designer drugs such as MDPV change your treatment plan?

 

Drug abuse remains a major problem in our society. According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), between 2010 and 2016 an estimated 4.3 million (4.7%) adults aged 50 or older had used an illicit drug in the previous year. Moreover, the organization’s combined data from 2002 to 2017 showed that over 8.3 million children (11.9%) lived with at least one parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or an illicit drug during the past year. Among that population almost 2.1 million (3.0%) lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused illicit drugs. Young adults aged 18 to 25 have been shown to be the most likely to use methamphetamine.

 

Providing dental care to anxious, fearful and medically-complex patients continues to be a major challenge facing dentists. Now more than ever, dental professionals are faced with the additional challenge of treating these patients’ oral health needs in the face of recently deregulated cannabinoids and potential illicit drug use such that the simple approach to, “drilling and filling” has just been cranked up a few more notches.  

 

If substance abuse and dependence affects one in ten North Americans, this means one in ten of your patients. This interactive program looks at some of these most challenging patients, their most common negative sequelae due to cannabinoids and illicit drug use and the management of these patients with a particular focus on the dental realm. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant’s questions are addressed.  Most importantly, you will learn directly applicable strategies to successfully treat these medically-complex patients on Monday morning. After all, our goal is to make sure all dental appointments are not just successful for your patient, but also for you and your staff.


 

Objectives to be covered: 

 

  • Discuss the four main challenges of medically complex dental patients.

  • Understand the concept of risk and how to select and de-select appropriate patients.

  • Describe the risk factors to consider when treating patients who use illicit drugs.

  • Recognize some of the oral signs of illicit drug use and how to better manage these patients.

  • Understand the pathophysiology of drug-induced xerostomia and current treatment options.

  • Learn how to help make all of your appointments successful for you, your Team and your patients.

Clinical Pathology Cases
that Taught Me the Most
Steven D. Vincent DDS, MS

Clinical management of new and recall patients throughout our careers represents an endless variety of continuing education opportunities. Through his practice of clinical oral pathology for over 35 years, Dr. Vincent experienced numerous learning opportunities among the patients referred to his clinic.  He will present several of the most challenging opportunities exactly as the patients presented to him. This format will allow course attendees to experience, step by step management of patients with unusual signs and symptoms beginning with a definitive diagnosis, and proceeding through therapeutic management.

Contemporary Dental Caries Management

Dental caries is a major global public health crisis affecting almost half the world’s population. It is one of the greatest unmet healthcare needs of the 21st century and is the most prevalent preventable disease condition as reported by the World Health Organization. Contemporary preventive dentistry has undergone a paradigm shift in the identification, classification, and management of carious lesions in the last decade. Incorporating preventive non-invasive therapies into treatment modalities is one important step to promoting healthier lives for patients. This course will present global and national caries statistics and discuss the mechanism of action and clinical applications of fluoride, calcium-phosphate products, and peptide P11-4.  This course has it all, from fluoride to peptides!


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this course, the oral health care professional will be able to:

  1. Define and identify a noncavitated and cavitated caries lesion, demineralization, and remineralization.

  2. Recognize global and national dental caries health statistics.

  3. Identify the etiology of dental caries and relate the effects to the histological changes that occur in enamel.

  4. Select the appropriate chemotherapeutic intervention based on patient presentation for the treatment of noncavitated and cavitated caries lesions.

Dental Photography

This class is pertinent to anyone in the dental office that could have need to pick up a camera, and no previous knowledge is expected.  


The first section goes through the fundamental concepts used for all cameras, and how the imaging process works in general.


This will include full breakdown of the concept of EXPOSURE, and what needs to be controlled in order to capture well exposed images.


Then the second section of the presentation will show everyone how that knowledge can be applied to the dental world.


This will include SETTINGS, and POSITIONING, and how to shoot a useful PHOTO ESSAY.


Toward the end we will try to set up some live “Tethered Capture” shooting to demonstrate how that works in the real world in real time.  So, this can be useful for everyone from office staff and D.A.s, to R.D.H.s, to D.D.S.s that could learn something useful to use in your clinics.  


I will try to leave some Q&A time at the end.

Dentistry Uncorked: An Immersive Journey to the Intersection of Hospitality, Precision and Guest Experience
Ryan Vet

Those in the dental profession and sommeliers (wine professionals) are rather similar. A rigorous level of training with a keen attention to detail allows only the best of the best to learn the designation. Daily, there is a high level of precision that is needed to properly execute both jobs and most importantly is a high level of service for all guests and patients.

 

In this course, attendees will have the continuing education experience of a
lifetime. They will learn the ins and outs of case acceptance strategies, patient messaging, and customer experience in the dental practice.


Ryan Vet, a trained sommelier and dental practice management expert, will conduct a wine tasting with attendees and use the world of wine to frame this once in a lifetime continuing education course. Not only will attendees walk away equipped to grow their practices and increase case acceptance, they will also walk away with a greater knowledge of wine and will have tasted some yummy wines.

https://ryanvet.com/speakingtopics/dentistry-uncorked/

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sponsored by Adit and CareCredit

Digital Dentures
Dr. Joy Poskozim

Learning Objectives:  

  • Review the benefits of a digital workflow

  • Apply techniques for digitizing the clinical workflow

  • Learn to digitally design a functional and esthetic restoration

  • Make material choices based on their indications

  • Insert partial dentures in 2 visits

  • Why copying existing dentures will make you the hero with families with loved ones in nursing homes

Dynamic Surgical Navigation and the Utilization of Amnion Chorion Membranes
Dr. Nicholas Freuen, DDS, MD

Dynamic Surgical Navigation: Explore the future of precision in oral surgery with Dynamic Surgical Navigation (DSN). This technology harnesses the power of real-time imaging and computerized navigation systems to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of surgical procedures. Learn how DSN enables surgeons to navigate complex anatomical structures, improve treatment planning, and optimize patient outcomes. Gain insights into the latest advancements and discover how this innovative tool is reshaping the way oral surgery is performed.


Amnion Chorion Membranes in Oral Surgery: Discover the regenerative potential of Amnion Chorion Membranes (ACMs) in the realm of oral surgery. These biocompatible tissues, derived from the placenta, have demonstrated remarkable healing properties and anti-inflammatory effects. Explore their applications in various oral surgical procedures, including periodontal surgeries, socket preservation, and soft tissue grafting. Understand the science behind ACMs and how they contribute to accelerated wound healing and reduced postoperative complications.


By the end of this lecture, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of the latest advancements in dynamic surgical navigation and the transformative impact of amnion chorion membranes in oral surgery. Join us to stay at the forefront of innovation in the field and elevate your practice to new heights.

"**Attendees of this course are invited to a cocktail reception immediately following the lecture, sponsored by Nobel BioCare**"

Geriatric Dentistry: Aging, Alzheimer's and Oral Health
Dr. Joy Poskizim, DDS, FSCD, CDP

The geriatric community is underserved; especially those patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, or who are otherwise homebound, in residential care or assisted living communities. Through house call dentistry, clinicians provide dental care when, where and how it meets the individual patient’s needs. Learn what you need to know and what you need to do to provide convenient, safe dental care for patients in the comfort of their home environments.

 

Explore the early signs of dementia versus manifestations of normal aging. Illuminate the bidirectional relationship between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease, including how proper oral hygiene may lessen Alzheimer’s symptoms, as well as slow down the progress of this disease. Discover the flexibility of virtual technology (teledentistry) in conducting remote, problem-focused evaluations. Recognize the inherent communication challenges and tips for honing verbal skills. Identify the essential records and documentation to keep in the patient’s record. Feel good about providing the best oral care to ensure your patient is comfortable, they can eat, swallow, and feel good about smiling

Oral Rinses: What’s Safe?
What’s Effective?
Dr. Herb Moskowtitz, DDS

COURSE SUMMARY:  This presentation will analyze the efficacy and safety of current antimicrobial rinses and introduce the latest generation molecular iodine rinses.  Upon the completion of this webinar, you will be provided with evidence-based studies showing the most effective rinses to protect both patients and staff.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  1. Review the evolution of iodine in becoming a standard of care.

  2. Demonstrate a technological breakthrough leading to a new class of “super” iodine’s.

  3. Describe how the implementation of the new “super” iodine in your practice will benefit your patients.

  4. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of commonly used oral rinses.

  5. Discuss the misconceptions related to iodine sensitivity.

  6. Explain why periodontal bacteremia is now considered a cause of cardiovascular disease.

 

"Provider Wellness: Prioritizing Mental and Physical Health to Survive and Thrive" Sponsored by Premier Dental
Sarah Jackson, MS, RDH and Lancette VanGuilder BS, RDH, PHEDE, CEAS, FADHA

Have you heard the saying “before helping others, be sure to put on your own oxygen mask first”? Are you investing in yourself like you invest in your patients? Healthcare providers are great about putting our patients first; however, we struggle taking care of ourselves. Research demonstrates the high level of burnout present among dental hygienists.

 

Self-care is critical for healthcare professionals; it enables practitioners to minimize stress, build resiliency, and improve our work environments. The eight pillars of wellness is an evidence-based strategy that provides tools for improving mental and physical health. Emphasizing wellness leads to a more fulfilling career and increased career longevity. Innovations are needed to re-focus on our self-care and wellness; the future of our profession depends on it.

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sponsored by Premier Dental

Real World Endo®  presents Safety and Simplicity in Root Canal Instrumentation: myths, metal and motion

TWO PART PRESENTATION 

AM LECTURE

Nearly 32 years after the introduction of Nickel Titanium Rotary Files to endodontics, we’ve learned much about the clinical strengths and limitations of these great instruments. As a result of recent improvements in metallurgy, enhanced designs, and innovative rotary file motions, we now need to understand how these changes affect clinical instrumentation. Furthermore, we must take advantage of these improvements to create an instrumentation protocol that combines Safety with Simplicity.

As a result of recent advances in metallurgy, we now have both heat-treated and non-heat treated rotary files.  They each possess different properties and both have indications for use as well as limitations. At Real World Endo, we believe these improvements should be employed to their utmost advantage.  Consequently, we have developed a blended technique that combines the advantages of both heat-treated and non-heat treated files into one Awesome Endodontic Technique!!!

During this lecture component, participants will learn: 

  1. Learn how rotary file design influences instrumentation safety and efficiency.

  2. Comprehend the advantages of heat-treated files and how best to use them.

  3. Discover the most effective instrument motions available for shaping root canals and their advantages and limitations.

*This course requires registration and it limited to the first 30 participants signed up


PM HANDS - ON SESSION – Safety and Simplicity in Root Canal Instrumentation Hands-on Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, our new “Blend Technique” will be introduced and participants will learn how to use it effectively in all root canal types. After attending this workshop, you will improve your instrumentation predictability while dramatically reducing instrument separation. Furthermore, a simple yet effective obturation method will be introduced that combines the latest in material science with endodontic synchronicity for passive, bonded root canal obturation. 

All participants will have the opportunity to validate these concepts during the workshop. Get ready to improve your instrumentation predictability and gutta percha cone-fit while dramatically reducing instrument separation. Real World Endo remains dedicated to the preservation of the natural dentition. 


At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop, participants will:

 

  1. Fully understand the need to combine the latest technology with long established, evidence-based endodontic principles.

  2. Completely understand the need to utilize piezoelectric ultrasonics in both access and three-dimensional irrigation.

  3. Fully appreciate the benefits of bioceramic obturation and the incorporation of matching posts.

  4. Recognize that ‘Great Endodontics’ can be accomplished in both a safe and simple manner.  The key is to combine new technology with long established, evidence-based endodontic principles.

PLEASE BRING ANY ACCESSED, EXTRACTED TEETH YOU MAY WANT TO WORK ON.

NOTE: In order to participate in this hands-on session, it is necessary to complete the lecture program.

 

*This course requires registration and it limited to the first 30 participants signed up

Shadow in the Spotlight (Keynote)
Ryan Vet

As leaders, our passion fuels our drive to succeed. We run towards the improbable to pull off the impossible. Yet, in the pursuit of running, it can become easy to lose sight of why we even started off on our race. It can be exhausting. At the end of the day, we have the opportunity to lead a life of significance over success. Sometimes that means spinning the Spotlight around and leading from the Shadows. In this conversation, we will embark on the journey of living a life that leaves a lasting legacy long after our moment in the Spotlight is up.

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sponsored by Adit and CareCredit

Suicide Prevention:
Screening and Referral

Stacey Chay, LICSWA, MHP

Session Description and Rationale
The Washington State House passed the Matt Adler suicide assessment, treatment, and Management Training Act of 2012 on February 10th, 2012.


WAC 246-817-441 Dentist suicide prevention education. Effective August 1, 2020, a licensed dentist must complete a commission-approved one-time training that is at least three hours in length for suicide assessment that includes screening, referral, and imminent harm via lethal means elements.


The Surgeon General's 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action emphasized the importance of instituting “training for all health, mental health, substance abuse, and human services professionals concerning suicide risk assessment and recognition, treatment, management, and aftercare interventions." This emphasis on training is a consistent theme throughout this report. Another theme is the importance of developing and promoting "effective clinical and professional practice."


Content Area
• Language and stigma
• Brief overview of the epidemiology of suicide
• Basic concepts related to suicidal thoughts and behaviors
• Review evidenced-based risk and protective factors
• Risk and lethality assessment – including imminent harm via lethal means
• Referral resources and processes


Objectives:
Understanding Suicide
• Define basic terms related to suicidality
• Be familiar with suicide-related statistics
• Describe the phenomenology of suicide
• Demonstrate an understanding of risk and protective factors


Collecting Accurate Assessment Information
• Integrate a risk assessment in the intake process and continue to collect assessment information


Documenting
• Conducting a risk assessment
• Document items related to suicidality


Understanding Legal and Regulatory Issues Related to Suicidality
• Understand state laws about suicide.
• Referrals and resources impacted by legal and regulatory requirements

Upgrade and Reboot your Dental Hygiene Operatory with Innovative Technology

Contemporary healthcare models for dentistry and medicine have shortened the time a provider spends with their patient but still demands high quality outcomes. Oral health care providers are expected to produce the same quality outcomes as in years past with less time allotted for patient care. This course will teach a contemporary approach to dental hygiene procedures that improves efficiency of debridement, decreases operator muscle strain and injury, and maximizes procedure time with integrated technology. 


The technology boom of the 21st century has changed the healthcare landscape and revolutionized the dental field. Digital scanning in the dental operatory improves patient communication and identification of treatment needs. Debridement efficiency and root conservation are greatly improved with new power instrumentation technology such as ultrasonics, supragingival, and subgingival air polishing. Come and learn to work smarter, not harder, while integrating evidence-based dentistry in your dental hygiene operatory. 


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. At the conclusion of this course, the oral health care provider will be able to:

  2. Identify the benefits of digital scanning in the dental hygiene operatory.

  3. Diversify your ultrasonic insert and tip portfolio.

  4. Compare and contrast new innovative ultrasonic devices to technology of the past.

  5. Incorporate an air polishing program for biofilm management.

Why Do Gums Bleed?
Trisha O’Hehir, MS, RDH

How often do you see patients with 5mm pockets that bleed, despite your best efforts at oral hygiene instructions? The old brushing and flossing message may not be enough in today’s high carbohydrate environment. Learn how sugar/flour impact periodontal disease by feeding oral bacteria and by complicating the immune response. Dental hygiene visits will soon incorporate diet coaching to improve oral as well as systemic health.


By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Understand why brushing and flossing are not enough for health

  2. Learn the truth about sugar’s role in oral and general health

  3. Understand the role of the sugar industry in covering up vital information

  4. Initiate conversations with patients about hidden sugars

  5. Recognize the role of dental professionals in diet coaching

The Dangers of Mouth Breathing
Trisha O’Hehir, MS, RDH

Mouth breathing doesn't look good, but more importantly it leads to long face syndrome, sleep disordered breathing, attention deficit disorder, daytime fatigue and a reduction in oxygen absorption.  Ankyloglossia, infant feeding, pacifier use, thumb sucking and tongue rest position may all influence mouth breathing.  A simple five-step screening process identifies factors affecting nasal breathing and three essential actions taken by dental professionals to help switch mouth breathers back to nasal breathing.


By the end of this course participants will be able to:
1. Understand oxygen absorption differences between nasal and mouth breathing
2. Describe early habits that lead to mouth breathing and long face syndrome
3. Understand tongue function and the impact of ankyloglossia
4. Screen patients for correct resting tongue posture
5. Implement a 3-step process to help mouth breathers revert to nose breathers

WISHA and Department of Health 
Dan Wells

With the adoption of the expanded Infection Control rules, DOH began regulating “Personnel Safety” with the requirement that all those licensed by DQAC must comply with WISHA.  Historically, enforcing WISHA was the duty of Department of Labor & Industries but now the line between Department of Health and Department of Labor & Industries has become blurred.  This presentation will clarify which regulator enforces which rules and the expectations of each regulator. This class includes an explanation of the new anesthesia rules adopted by DQAC January 11th this year, including the requirement that practices conduct and document a minimum of 12 emergency drill scenarios two times per year.  All attendees will receive copies of the drills to perform and forms to document that drills have been performed as required.

Interlaced with nearly 25 years of direct dental office situations, amusing anecdotes, and attendee/presenter interchange participation, this is not like any other WISHA/DQAC class you’ve taken. We believe if you can laugh when you learn, you’ll remember it longer. 


At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to: 

  • Understand WISHA and DQAC and the relationship between the two 

  • Learn how to respond to an DQAC investigation 

  • Learn how to respond to an WISHA investigation 

  • Review disinfection and sterilization and water quality protocols and procedures 

  • Be prepared to conduct the newly required emergency scenario drills 

 
 “HIPAA – 2024: PROTECTING YOUR PATIENTS AND YOUR PRACTICE”


Before HIPAA was enacted twenty-one years ago, there were few statutes in place to safeguard patient information.  Patient information was essentially a commodity that could be bought and sold.  The insurance industry enjoyed profitable but discriminatory practices that often deprived patients of care.  HIPAA changed all that.  Today, cyber-criminals and scammers are a constant threat to the security of your patients’ healthcare information and your practice.   HIPAA requires certain safeguards to protect vulnerable patient information.  This course reviews all four HIPAA rules: Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and the Omnibus rule and answers the questions of what’s required and what’s not; what’s safe and what’s not; what’s secure and what isn’t. 


At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to: 

  • Better understand HIPAA rules and the steps necessary for compliance

  • Objectively examine the compliance level of their individual HIPAA programs 

  • Identify their program deficiencies and implement current compliance procedures 

  • Implement, update, and maintain a compliant HIPAA program 

  • Communicate compliance responsibilities to all staff members 

 

Win the Dental Day

Win the dental Day by improving workflow with a unique blend of form, function,
and a splash of color! Discover how clinical disorganization causes emotional and financial stress. Imagine having streamlined processes from room setup to sterilization. This program will take you through five colorful steps to implement strategies that will manage the abundance of inventory in the dental office to create an efficient and productive environment with much less stress!

Short Staffed? Strategies to stay efficient, productive, and sane!

Understand that the current state of staffing issues is not going to go away anytime soon. Dental practices must accept that this is the “new normal” and find ways to stay productive, efficient, and sane, and still meet the needs of their patients. Audiences will benefit by learning strategies and processes to improve workflow to save time and money, entice new applicants, and achieve team retention.

Dental Team Success
Infinite Hygiene Solutions

Dental Team Success: Communication, Mindset, and Conflict Resolution equips participants with the essential skills and knowledge to adeptly navigate and resolve workplace conflicts. The course focuses on developing clear, assertive, and constructive communication strategies.


Participants will gain insights into their role in conflicts, learn to avoid judgment and justification, and explore tools for defining problems and choosing effective resolution strategies.


Additionally, the course emphasizes respect, active listening, cultural appreciation, and honing listening skills to enhance open communication.


Objectives:
1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of individual roles in conflict situations within the dental team.
2. Acquire effective tools for defining problems and selecting appropriate conflict resolution strategies.
3. Cultivate clear, assertive, and constructive communication skills to manage conflicts in a professional manner.
4. Enhance interpersonal dynamics by fostering respect, actively listening to others, appreciating
cultural differences, and refining overall communication proficiency.

Enhance your Career Through Ergonomics
Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, CDSO, MADAA

Women suffer higher rates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Because our jobs are so physically demanding in dentistry, we are seeing a higher rate in back, neck and shoulder issues. This course talks about the common problems we face ergonomically, and changes we can make to correct these issues.


As women, we tend to take care of everyone but ourselves, let’s discuss ways we can fix that!


OBJECTIVES:
• Identify the common problems physically we face daily
• Discuss ways to take better care of ourselves and why
• Learn better techniques for posture and positioning

Rock Star Dental Assistant
Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, CDSO, MADAA

Dental assistants spend more time with the patients than any other team member, so let's educate that assistant to be the best they can be to help your practice excel!

 

MARKETING: Let's talk about ways we can maximize our relationships with your patients and team mates

TEAMWORK: Accelerate your role within the practice

COMMUNICATION: Discover key ways to you and your practice a success

ORGANIZATION: Establish systems and methods for cutting cost and staying on top

Strategies to Help Protect
& Growth Your Wealth

Kerri Seims of the Washington Dentist's Insurance Agency and
Nathan J. Ricks, CFP®, MS and Loyd Burleson III, CFP®

Have you ever wondered if you have the right type and amount of insurance for you and your dental practice? Kerri Seims from the Washington Dentist's Insurance Agency will be reviewing the following types of insurance available to dentists including life insurance, disability insurance (personal, loan protection and business overhead expense), professional liability, business owner's policy, group medical insurance, cyber security/data breach, and employment practices liability. 

 

Have you ever wondered if you are using the most appropriate savings vehicles for you and your practice?  Nathan J. Ricks, CFP®, MS and Loyd Burleson III, CFP® from Financial Freedom for Dentists will be reviewing the following types of tax-savings retirement strategies beneficial to dentists including Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (Roth IRAs), Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), SIMPLE IRA Retirement Plans, Safe Harbor 401(k) Retirement Plans, Safe Harbor 401(k) Profit Sharing Plans, Cash Balance Retirement Plans and Backdoor Roth IRAs. 

Socket Preservation Workshop
Dr. Bharathi Myneni

Level: Beginner and intermediate

 

The course is designed to understand the rationale for ridge preservation, various types of sockets and employing ridge preservation/augmentation techniques based on the residual socket anatomy. In addition, biologic materials and post-operative management will be briefly discussed. During hands on, participants can perform type I and type II alveolar ridge augmentation using the regenerative products.

Upon completion of the course, participants will learn to classify and manage various types of extraction sockets, and steps involved in performing a predictable ridge preservation/augmentation procedures.

*This course requires registration and is limited to the first 50 participants signed up

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Yoga for Dentistry
Dr. Taylor Whittaker, DDS

Anyone who has ever worked in clinical dentistry understands that dentistry is not for the weak! Years of chair-time can take its toll on both your body and mind and make it difficult to practice until retirement age. This course aims to introduce dental professionals to the mental and physical benefits of yoga and empower them to incorporate a regular yoga practice into their busy lives.


This course will include a short lecture followed by an active yoga class.


Participants can finally earn CE while moving! The class will be an all-levels vinyasa
and hatha fusion style on the gentle side, so no need to worry about too much sweat (unless you choose to break out your extra chaturangas)! A yoga class can technically be completed entirely in savasana (lying on your mat and meditating) for those who choose.


Athleisure attire recommended, but not required. Please bring a yoga mat to the
conference if you have one, as mats are limited. Spokane’s very own, Beyoutiful Hot Yoga, is donating two-week unlimited memberships and free class passes to be raffled off to participants.

**This course requires registration and is limited to the first 30 participants signed up

Provider Reimbursement with Delta Dental of WA
Julie Schwan and Allison Felts

Working with Delta Dental of Washington: We are honored you have chosen to partner with Delta Dental of Washington (DDWA) to support the exceptional dental care you provide to your community. During our presentation you will learn tools and tips to support your Member Dentist experience. You will be provided with resources to help you get acquainted with the local teams of individuals dedicated to providing you with high quality support and service.

Reimbursement:

Embark on a Provider Reimbursement Journey at Delta Dental of Washington: Unveiling the Past, Present and Future. Join us for a deep dive into reimbursement, including how and why we created our Provider Reimbursement Model (PRM), insights into how the payer business shapes reimbursement dynamics, the impacts of our 2024 model modifications, and steps you can take to help influence the future of reimbursement. You will also learn where and how to access our online Provider Portal resources, to help optimize your reimbursement experiences.  

Learning objectives: 

  • Learn helpful tips and good to know information about working with Delta Dental of WA

  • Understand our reimbursement history, processes to balance all stakeholders, and how Delta Dental of Washington determines your fee schedules 

  • Build knowledge on our Provider Reimbursement Model (PRM), Specialists Reimbursement, and 2024 PRM modifications  

  • Learn how to navigate the Provider Portal  

Plastic Floss

April 11-12, 2024
Spokane Convention Center

334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

Register Now For The 2024 Inland Northwest Dental Conference

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