AGD2020 Las Vegas
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

WLBC1: Conscious Sedation and Other 4-Letter Words

340: Anesthesia, Pain Management, Sedation & Pharmacology

8:30 –11:30 a.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students

Course Description The concept of "conscious sedation" is controversial. Yet, dentists offer it, patients clamor for it, and it is central to many dentists' patient care. But what exactly is conscious sedation, and should dentists hang their hats on it? Or is there a better, clearer framework in which dentists should be thinking and speaking? This course reviews the evolution of sedation care in dentistry, focusing on the development of national/worldwide societies in anesthesia, American Dental Association guidelines, AGD advocacy efforts and the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists’ ongoing sedation education efforts.

WLSC1: Airway Therapy for The Dental Team – Putting What You Learn Into Practice

Subject: 750 Special Patient Care

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants (Lunch will be provided during this session)  

Course Description Hear an overview of sleep-disordered breathing and what the dental team can do to impact the health of patients. Explore the basics of sleep, medical complications associated with breathing disorders, dental appliances, how to work with sleep physicians to market your service, and touch on medical insurance interaction. For offices currently providing sleep appliances, this course discusses complications, titration and follow-up testing, as well as marketing and team development. Participants will also learn about more complex sleep disorders they might encounter.  

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

TLTV1: I Have Become Comfortably Numb: Proper Use of Local Anesthetics

Subject: 010 - Basic Science 

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: Management of odontogenic pain may be accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates intraoperative local anesthesia. However, improper and inappropriate use of local anesthetic agents has the potential to produce life-threatening, systemic adverse reactions. Thus, a thorough knowledge of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents is essential for their safe and effective use. This course will provide participants with an overview of local anesthetic agents commonly used in dental practice. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing strategies and techniques essential to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetic agents administered.

TLTV2: Un-Break My Heart: Managing Cardiovascular Diseases

Subject: 010 - Basic Science

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants   

Course Description: While mortality from heart disease has been declining steadily recently, hospital admissions related to cardiovascular disease are on the rise, due, in part, to our aging population. Hypertension remains one of the major risk factors for heart failure in men and women. It is often asymptomatic, and, many times, may only be discovered at a routine checkup. This course will provide an overview of cardiovascular disease and the medications used in treatment. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of medically complex dental patients.

TLTK1: Revolutionize Your Practice with Lasers

Subject: 690 - Implants 

8:30am - 11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Dental Assistant

Course Description: Dental lasers enable oral health professionals to perform more procedures in less time and with better results than traditional methods. Patients also benefit from laser dentistry, with faster treatment times and less overall discomfort. This course will cover dental laser procedures that are directly applicable to your daily, in-office routine. Note: This course is the prerequisite for participation course TPTK2, “Revolutionize Your Practice with Lasers: Workshop.”

TLTG2: Beyond Autonomy, Justice, Beneficence, and Non-Maleficence

Subject: 150 - Health, Medicine and Nutrition 

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Residents, Students, Hygienists, Dental Assistants 

Course Description: The principal goal of teaching clinical ethics is to improve the quality of patient care in terms of both the process and the outcome. If clinicians are equipped with the skills to reach ethical decisions with their patients, their patients' dignity will be protected. Getting to a useful ethical conclusion means starting with values that are rarely in dispute, such as upholding patients' health, telling patients the truth and giving people a choice about being in a research experiment. However, small, seemingly insignificant decisions, misalignments or compromises of value may set in motion unpleasant internal communications, uncertainty and ambiguity. A questionable ethical decision or self-interested endeavor can reverberate through an entire organization, altering respectful and trusting relationships. The system only remains ethical if the constituent members are instructed about ethical standards and encouraged to put them into practice. This program is designed to look at high functioning organizations and the promotion of systemic ethics.

TLLC1: Dental Symbiosis - A Journey to Esthetic Dentistry

Subject: 780 - Esthetics 

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students  

Course Description: As dentistry continually evolves into the digital world, the incorporation of computerization and new technology provides efficient methods of communication between dental technicians and dentists. Participants will learn to understand and identify these methods and their benefits, including the standardization of working steps, an increase in material quality and reproducible restorations. At the same time, all-ceramic restorative options continue to increase in the marketplace. Learn to recognize the difference in these materials, their limitations and the effect varying workflows and processing has on the material in order to achieve successful restorative placement and esthetic outcome.

TLLC2: Meeting Today's Restorative Needs Using Digital Technologies

Subject: 138 - Digital Dentistry

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students

Course Description: Today, dental professionals want to see firsthand how the various technologies work together to provide diagnostic, treatment planning and restorative outcomes enhancing the patient experience. The latest technologies and contemporary materials allow technicians to produce highly accurate fixed and removable prosthetics in an efficient fashion. This program will provide an overview of current materials and processes for the fabrication of quality and esthetic dental restorations, from the simplest clinical conditions to the most complex implant cases.

TLJO1: Are You Gambling with your Endodontic Treatment? Part 1

Subject: 070 - Endodontics 

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: This lecture will present technological advances that will enable you to provide efficient and excellent endodontic care for your patients. The evidence-based presentation will cover diagnosis and treatment planning; anesthesia, access and isolation; recent improvements in the delivery of irrigation solutions; and the instrumentation phase of endodontic treatment, including locating the canal orifices, negotiating the canals, opening the orifice, reconfirming working length, and utilizing rotary/reciprocation instruments.   

TLJO2: Are You Gambling with your Endodontic Treatment? Part 2

Subject: 070 - Endodontics

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: How do I fill a canal? How should I restore teeth after endodontic treatment? Which pain medications and antibiotics are best? You will learn answers to these and many more questions as you venture into this evidence-based presentation highlighting condensation of gutta-percha, restoration of endodontically treated teeth, and postoperative care with appropriate antibiotics and pain medications.

TLJG2A: The Myths and Realities

Subject: 490 - Periodontics 

1–2 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: This presentation will explore and explain the interrelationships between systemic diseases and oral health. The link between the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal disease to the role of the host response and the impact on systemic health will be made and discussed. Risk assessment will be covered in the context of the oral/systemic connection. Participants will become familiar with various systemic disorders and understand which conditions do or don’t interact with periodontal diseases. Participants will also learn how to discuss this new paradigm in everyday dental practice with their patients.  

TLJG2B: Emerging Trends in Periodontology

Subject: 490 - Periodontics

2–3 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: Emerging concepts of the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, novel periodontal treatments and technologies are introduced at a rapid pace to dental professionals. Deciding which treatment philosophies and technologies to incorporate into daily practice in order to provide the most effective care for our patients can be overwhelming. This course is designed for the entire dental team and will provide a comprehensive, in-depth view on the past, current and future concepts of periodontal treatment including the management of those patients who do not respond to conventional periodontal treatment.

TLJG2C: Suturing Techniques for Surgical Success: Predictable Wound Closure and Types of Suturing for Implant and Periodontal Surger

Subject: 490 - Periodontics 

3–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: Optimal wound care aims to maximize functional restoration as well as optimize the esthetic result. The selection of suture material in implant placement and periodontal and oral surgery is important due to the unique characteristics of the oral cavity. All aspects of suturing will be discussed during this course, including the advantages and disadvantages of different suture types, sizes of suture material, needles and instrumentation, as well as how to achieve tension-free closure and primary intention healing for predictable healing outcomes. This is a must-attend course for the dentist and surgical team member placing implants and performing periodontal and/or oral surgery.

TLJB2: Mastering the PPO World

Subject: 550 - Practice Management and Human Relations

1-2 p.m.

Audience: Dentists, Residents, Students 

Course Description: This course will teach participants to understand, negotiate and improve relationships with PPO networks, no matter the stage of their careers. Many dentists are not aware that companies exist to help navigate the PPO world and determine if they should become or continue to remain in network. Discuss services that are available and how they may meet individual needs. 

TLJA1: Expedited Excellence: What’s New That Can Make You Faster & Better

Subject: 550 - Practice Management

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Residents, Students, Hygienists, Dental Assistants

Course Description: This session will discuss current trends in dental materials and technologies, exploring how materials have changed and evolved in recent years and how that affects your procedures and practice. Attendees will discuss when the newest technologies and materials are appropriate for your patients and how they can also save you time. 

TLJA2: Reputation Matters: Grow Your Practice For FREE!

Subject: 550 - Practice Management

2–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: The rise of online review sites has enabled consumers to share their experiences with the world. What story are they telling about you? Discuss the psychology of internet reviews, how prospective patients feel about them and what literature is available from academia. Learn which websites are most important and impactful for dental practices. Review systems and scripting needed for your practice to ensure positive reviews, and learn how to respond to negative reviews. Dental team involvement is highly recommended for this program. 

TBAY2: State of the Art: Advanced Bone Cement Techniques to Confront Diversity of Augmentation Challenges

Subject: 490 - Periodontics 

2–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Students 

Course Description: Bone augmentation is an integral part of modern implant dentistry, but many materials available today may further complicate the clinical situation for the dentist through invasive and high-level surgical procedures, prolonged treatment times, and extensive healing periods. In contrast, bone graft cements enable the clinician to perform complex procedures in an easy, simple and less invasive manner, thus enhancing the chances for success and prevention of irreversible complications. This lecture will present an overview of bone graft cements, as well as bone regeneration protocols for everyday clinical situations and more complex cases.

TLDR1A: The 7 Habits for Safe Patient Selection and Emergency Management of Dental Surgical Patients

Subject: 310 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description Surgical extractions can be safer and more predictable by mastering some fundamental surgical principles and techniques. This series of courses will address a variety of topics that are designed to improve the general dentist’s surgical extraction skills in patient selection, anesthetic choices, instrumentation and surgical techniques. These courses will also present strategies for the avoidance and management of dental surgical complications with the goals of making surgical extractions both more enjoyable and profitable. In order that these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

TLDR1B: The Essential Instruments and Armamentarium Dental Surgical Extractions

Subject: 310 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

9:30 –10:30 a.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description Surgical extractions can be safer and more predictable by mastering some fundamental surgical principles and techniques. This series of courses will address a variety of topics that are designed to improve the general dentist’s surgical extraction skills in patient selection, anesthetic choices, instrumentation and surgical techniques. These courses will also present strategies for the avoidance and management of dental surgical complications with the goals of making surgical extractions both more enjoyable and profitable. In order that these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

TLDR2C: Flaps Design and Suturing for Dental Surgical Extractions

Subject: 310 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description Surgical extractions can be safer and more predictable by mastering some fundamental surgical principles and techniques. This series of courses will address a variety of topics that are designed to improve the general dentist’s surgical extraction skills in patient selection, anesthetic choices, instrumentation and surgical techniques. These courses will also present strategies for the avoidance and management of dental surgical complications with the goals of making surgical extractions both more enjoyable and profitable. In order that these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

TLBC1: Offering Safe Sedation Care

Subject: 340 - Anesthesia and Pain Management, 142 Medical Emergency Training and CPR

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students

Course Description The concept of "conscious sedation" is controversial. Yet, dentists offer it, patients clamor for it, and it is central to many dentists' patient care. But what exactly is conscious sedation? This course focuses on the evolution of sedation care in dentistry, starting from traveling recreational drug performances to today’s development of national/worldwide societies in anesthesia, American Dental Association guidelines, AGD advocacy efforts, and the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists’ ongoing effort to open the floodgates in sedation education for all dentists.

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Friday, July 17, 2020

FLAG1: 3 Practice Marketing Keys to Level up your ROI

Subject: 550 - Practice Management 

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Residents, Students, Hygienists, Dental Assistants

Course Description: Content is driven primarily by Search Engine Optimization (SEO); popularity is driven by Search Engine Marketing (SEM); and reputation is driven by online review generation. Google analyzes these three areas when determining the ranking of your site, comparing it with the sites of other dentists in your market. Many dentists are still learning just how much engagement is necessary to compete effectively and rank highly online. This seminar will simplify and clarify how SEO, SEM and online reviews work, teaching participants how to evaluate needs and stay ahead of the competition.

FLCF1: Opioid Stigma, Hysteria, Paranoia and Errata: Making Good Decisions Based on Data

Subject: 340 - Anesthesia and Pain Management

8:30–11:30 a.m. Audience: Dentists, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, New Dentists, Students, Residents & Office Staff

Course Description: This course will explore the current controversies, patient and prescriber stigmas and reasonable prescribing practices regarding opioid medications, while also introducing alternative therapies for controlling acute pain. Additionally, participants will learn strategies beyond the traditional methods to provide pain relief to patients with complex and longstanding pain issues.  

FLAG2: Patient Acquisition in the Digital Age

Subject: 550 - Practice Management 

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Residents, Students, Hygienists, Dental Assistants

Course Description: More than half of online searches are now done on mobile devices. With the growing prevalence of voice searches, digital assistants and other connected devices, practices need to have a modern website and a robust online presence to ensure potential new patients can find them.

FLDR1A: The Rules of The Road for Safe Minimal and Moderate Sedation in Dental Surgical Extractions

Subject: 310 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

8:30– 9:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentist, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: Surgical extractions can be safer and more predictable by mastering some fundamental surgical principles and techniques. This series of courses will address a variety of topics that are designed to improve the general dentist’s surgical extraction skills in patient selection, anesthetic choices, instrumentation and surgical techniques. These courses will also present strategies for the avoidance and management of dental surgical complications with the goals of making surgical extractions both more enjoyable and profitable. In order that these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

FLDR1B: Diagnosis, Case Selection and Treatment Planning for Third Molars

Subject: 310 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

9:30–10:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: Surgical extractions can be safer and more predictable by mastering some fundamental surgical principles and techniques. This series of courses will address a variety of topics that are designed to improve the general dentist’s surgical extraction skills in patient selection, anesthetic choices, instrumentation and surgical techniques. These courses will also present strategies for the avoidance and management of dental surgical complications with the goals of making surgical extractions both more enjoyable and profitable. In order that these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

FLDR1C: Video Demonstrations Of Surgical Extractions

Subject: 310 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

10:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description Surgical extractions can be safer and more predictable by mastering some fundamental surgical principles and techniques. This series of courses will address a variety of topics that are designed to improve the general dentist’s surgical extraction skills in patient selection, anesthetic choices, instrumentation and surgical techniques. These courses will also present strategies for the avoidance and management of dental surgical complications with the goals of making surgical extractions both more enjoyable and profitable. In order that these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

FLJB1: Cutting Edge Technology with Digital Design

Subject: 780 - Esthetics

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: This program explores state-of-the-art, real-time digital design and links 3D prosthetic planning with fundamental smile design principles. Learn how to evaluate critical parameters to prevent problems before they occur, from diagnosis to wax-up and final fabrication of the ceramics. This program aims to decrease dentist chair time and ceramic remakes.

FLJB2: Cutting Edge Technology with Digital Design and Real World Cosmetic Dentistry; Faults, Failures, and Fixes

Subject: 780 - Esthetics

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: This course will focus on esthetics that are built to last and explore treaments of anterior teeth as more than cosmetic challenges. Learn clear, concise and systemized techniques to treat simple to complex cases involving veneers, crowns and implant restorations. These protocols will increase profitability by preventing failures that occur day-to-day in your office.

FLRS1: Don't worry about "Wowing" Your New Patient Focus instead on Excellent Customer Service!

Subject: 550 - Practice Management 

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: Customer service is everything you do in your practice. It’s you and your team’s verbal skills, your business systems, facility, compassion and clinical skills. Don't strive to hire a “rock star” receptionist when all of your people can be rock stars. This day will be a fun, fast-paced informative program that will discuss what patients want. Attendees will take home information to tweak their practices and refine their systems.

FLJF2: Risk Management - We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Embracing a Culture of Safety in Dentistry

Subject: 550 - Practice Management and Human Relations 

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants 

Course Description: As part of an evidence-based approach to practice, most dental professionals consider dental care to be safe and effective. However, we don’t know what we don’t know. The dental profession has no systematic mechanism in place to document adverse events and risks to patient and provider safety so that dentists can collectively learn from the experience of others without having to experience that adverse event themselves. Safety in health care is a profession’s ultimate ethical and professional commitment. How can dentists improve “safety culture” and make a difference for patients and themselves?

FLTK1: Setting the Foundation for Predictable, Healthy Prosthetically Driven Implants

Subject: 690 - Implants

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Dental Assistants

Course Description: In modern implant dentistry, the prosthetic plan dictates the surgical application. This course will equip practitioners with simple protocols that will enable competence and confidence in placing dental implants and achieving optimal restorative outcomes. Discussion will include surgical and prosthetic techniques to establish healthy tissue contours for smile design and emergence profiles. Simple and cost-effective socket grafting in preparation for surgical placement of dental implants will also be discussed. 

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

SLAC1: Potentially malignant disorders of the oral cavity.

Subject: 310 - Oral Pathology 

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students 

Course Description: This course will cover premalignant lesions of the oral cavity. Leukoplakia comprises the majority of these lesions; it will be discussed along with erythroplakia and other potentially malignant disorders (PMDs). Participants will learn to recognize PMDs and understand the next steps in treatment planning.

SLAC2: Oral cancer: an update

Subject: 310 - Oral Pathology 

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students  

Course Description: This course will provide an update on oral cancer — specifically squamous cell carcinoma. Participants will learn to recognize cancerous lesions of the oral cavity and how to formulate a treatment plan when malignant lesions are encountered. The relationship between human papillomavirus and squamous cell carcinoma will also be discussed.

SLCH1: Rethinking the Significance of Periodontal-Systemic Links and Building Dental-Medical Collaboration

Subject: 490 - Periodontics 

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Students 

Course Description: Several decades’ worth of scientific inquiry has produced evidence that periodontal disease may increase risk for a number of inflammatory diseases and conditions, including coronary artery disease and stroke, diabetes and its complications, adverse pregnancy outcomes and pneumonia, among others. Dentists and hygienists are well positioned to counsel, screen, and appropriately refer patients who are at risk for chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Likewise, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, and others have an important role to play in screening and appropriate referral of patients at risk for periodontal disease. This course will empower dental and medical practitioners to integrate periodontal-systemic science into everyday patient care with ease and confidence. The program also provides a template for jump-starting cross-disciplinary healthcare collaboration and helps the dental team reframe the “check-up” and “cleaning” appointment.

SLDR1A: Pre-operative Work-up and Dental Surgical Treatment Plan

Subject: 310 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 

8:30¬–9:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants 

Course Description Many extractions look easy but can become difficult, time consuming and lead to problems. This course will review the best techniques and instruments to more safely and predictably perform surgical extractions and conserve bone when indicated. It will make exodontia more enjoyable and profitable so these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

SLDR1B: Recognition and Management of Dental Surgical Complications

Subject: 310 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 

9:30–10:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants 

Course Description: Many extractions look easy but can become difficult, time consuming and lead to problems. This course will review the best techniques and instruments to more safely and predictably perform surgical extractions and conserve bone when indicated. It will make exodontia more enjoyable and profitable so these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

SLDR1C: How would you handle these cases (open discussion) Questions and Answers

Subject: 310 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants

Course Description: Many extractions look easy but can become difficult, time consuming and lead to problems. This course will review the best techniques and instruments to more safely and predictably perform surgical extractions and conserve bone when indicated. It will make exodontia more enjoyable and profitable so these procedures can be performed with greater confidence and less stress.

SLMD2A: Practical Approaches to Special Care Dentistry

Subject: 750 - Special Patient Care 

1–2 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants 

Course Description: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one out of five Americans has a disability. Providing oral healthcare to individuals with disabilities may require modifications to the delivery and types of treatments. This course will offer strategies that increase dental providers’ ability to deliver care to those with intellectual/developmental disabilities, acquired disabilities and others with special healthcare needs.

SLMD2B: Practical Approaches to Geriatric Dentistry

Subject: 750 - Special Patient Care 

2–3 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants 

Course Description: Learn to care for a growing senior population and gain insights into the demographics, characteristics and challenges of the geriatric population.

SLMD2C: Proper Management of Patients with Complex Medical Conditions

Subject: 750 - Special Patient Care 

3–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants 

Course Description: The National Center for Health Statistics reports approximately 72 percent of adults over age 20 are overweight or obese. Studies show that approximately 40%–50% of adults are taking multiple drugs and have multiple chronic illnesses. Managing these types of patients and prevention of medical emergencies is more important than ever. This course will explore how to provide safe and comfortable dental experiences for patients who have chronic and/or uncontrolled illnesses, such as cardiac disease, kidney disease, terminal illnesses and infectious diseases. 

SLCB2A: Stay out of Jail: Avoid Coding Errors

Subject: 550 Practice Management

1-2 p.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Office Staff

Course Description Coding errors are predictable in today’s dental practice. Learn the top coding errors – and how not to make them! You will also receive new, valuable information on some of the “hot” sections of the CDT code, which you can use to identify and “fix” coding problems that lurk in your practice. Most practices can expect legitimate net increases in cash flow immediately by learning how to do it right. Dealing with dental insurance is overwhelming but key coding strategies can save you time, prevent hassles, and keep you out of jail. Stop leaving money on the table as PPOs dominate the market place – a tipping point!

SLCB2B: Stay Out of Jail: Excel in Insurance Administration

Subject: 550 Practice Management

2-3 p.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Office Staff

Course Description: Insurance Administration errors are predictable in today’s dental practice. Learn the top administration errors – and how not to make them! You will also receive new, valuable information on some of the “hot” sections of insurance administration, which you can use to identify and “fix” problems that lurk in your practice. Most practices can expect legitimate net increases in cash flow immediately by learning how to do it right. Dealing with dental insurance is overwhelming but key strategies can save you time, prevent hassles, and keep you out of jail. You will receive essential tools to properly file dental insurance claims and calculate primary and secondary insurance receipts. In addition, co-pay forgiveness, discounting, multiple fee positioning, patient gifts, falsifying NPI numbers and even PPO strategies will be discussed. Stop leaving money on the table, as PPOs dominate the marketplace - a tipping point!

SLCB2C: Medical Dental Cross Coding with Confidence – An Introductory Course

Subject: 550 - Practice Management

3-4 p.m.

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Office Staff

Course Description Changes in the healthcare industry, such as the Affordable Care Act and the trend to integrate oral health and primary medical care is bringing many new challenges to the dental practice. There is an increased need for the dentist and team members to become familiar with both ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) and CPT (medical procedure) codes. This basic course is designed to be an introduction and eye opener to medical dental cross coding. This course will equip the participant with the basic knowledge of ICD-10-CM and CPT code sets to successfully complete a medical claim form. Topics include, but are not limited to trauma, sleep apnea, extractions, implants, TMJ/TMD, biopsies, and CBCT. The strategies presented are based on Dr. Blair’s publication, Medical Dental Cross Coding with Confidence, which takes the “voodoo” out of medical coding.

SLMF1: Methods, Materials and Madness

Subject: 670 - Prosthodontics 

8:30–11:30 a.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Residents, Students, Hygienists, Dental Assistants 

Course Description: Various materials, preparation and impression techniques are available to the restorative dentist. This presentation evaluates the choices today’s dentists are making about preparation design, material selection and impression techniques, exposing facts and fiction. Participants will learn various bonding techniques and be able to determine what is best for a given clinical situation.

SLMF2: Treating Severe Dental Wear

Subject: 670 - Prosthodontics 

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Residents, Students, Hygienists, Dental Assistants 

Course Description Patients with severe dental wear may exhibit a multitude of challenges, including esthetic concerns, muscle or temporomandibular joint pain, lack of structural integrity and even physical limitations. This presentation evaluates etiologies of severe wear and guides participants through the diagnosis, treatment planning and restorative principles that allow for success.

SLRS2: Sleep Apnea, TMJ, & Periodontal Disease: Healthy Patients = A Healthy Dental Office

Subject: 550 - Practice Management 

1–4 p.m. 

Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants 

Course Description: In the United States, the statistics for patients affected by periodontal disease, sleep apnea and/or TMDs are alarming. Does your team screen patients for sleep and TMJ concerns? Whether you treat or refer these patients, as appropriate, the knowledge of your team will impress patients. Incorporating patient education about systemic health during the hygiene appointment can develop patient trust and loyalty as well as increase referrals to your office. This total team approach includes your doctor, hygienist and dental assistants “setting the stage” by asking questions, as well as a knowledgeable front desk.