March 9, 2020

Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD
New Aspects of Dentistry

Total CEs: 6 credit hours

Location: Distillery 244 in Old Town – 244 N. Mosley, Wichita

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)

Lunch and snacks provided for each registrant.

About Dr. Christensen

Gordon J. Christensen is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Practical Clinical Courses (PCC), Chief Executive Officer of Clinicians Report Foundation (CR), and a Practicing Prosthodontist in Provo, Utah.

Gordon and Dr. Rella Christensen are co-founders of the non-profit CLINICIANS REPORT FOUNDATION (previously named CRA).  Currently, Dr. Rella Christensen is the Director of the TRAC Research Division of the CR Foundation.  Since 1976, they have conducted research in all areas of dentistry and published the findings to the profession in the well-known CRA Newsletter now called CLINICIANS REPORT.

Gordon’s degrees include DDS, University of Southern California; MSD, University of Washington; Ph.D., University of Denver; and two honorary doctorates. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, School of Dentistry.  Gordon has presented thousands of hours of continuing education globally, made hundreds of educational videos used throughout the world, and published widely.

 

Lecture:

New Aspects of Dentistry (AGD Code 010)

This fast moving course includes the areas of dentistry with the most activity and change in any given year. It is easily understood and has numerous summaries that help attendees to interpret the ongoing advancements in the profession. The course encourages audience participation, and questions and answers and is presented in an enjoyable and humorous manner.

 

The hottest aspects in the following topics will be included in the planned program depending on the interests of the participants in your group, the popularity of topics at the time of your program, and the time available, possibly including CAD/CAM, endodontics, laboratory technology, occlusion, operative dentistry, oral & maxillofacial radiology, periodontics, prosthodontics, technology, etc….

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, attendees should be able to:

  • List the most important and useful new techniques in the general topics discussed
  • Implement those aspects of the course most applicable to your practice

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February 10, 2020

Maryjane L. Bruning, RDH, BS.
Infection Control & OSHA Review for the Oral Health Care Setting

Total CEs: 6 credit hours (satisfies OSHA Requirements)

Location: Distillery 244 in Old Town – 244 N. Mosley, Wichita

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)

Lunch and snacks provided for each registrant.

About Maryjane Bruning

Ms. Bruning is a 1982 graduate from the Dental Hygiene Program at LSU-School of Dentistry.  She practiced clinical hygiene for 15 years and currently supervises the Central Sterilization Department at UMKC School of Dentistry.  She serves as the chairperson on the Committee for Infection Control and is an active member of OSAP (Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention).

 

 

 

Lecture:

Infection Control & OHSA Review for the Oral Health Care Setting (AGD Code 148)

This course offers a review of the CDC guidelines and OSHA and explains the need for a designated Infection Control Officer.  Attendees will also learn how to effectively use infection prevention checklists, hear about the importance of maintaining safe dental unit waterlines, and improve competencies on the Hazard Communication Standards.

 

Learning Objectives:

After this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • Principles of infection control, sterilization, and disinfection
  • Chairside infection control
  • Occupational exposure
  • Water unit lines
  • Hazardous communication

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November 11, 2019

Location: Scottish Rite Center at 332 E. 1st Street North, Wichita

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)

Lunch and snacks provided for each registrant.

Dr. Chris P. Farrugia
Medical Billing for the Dental Practice: Fact or Fiction?

Total CEs: 3 credit hours (Additional 3 hour course on practice management offered same day by Mary Govoni)

Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA
Conquering Conflict on the Dental Team: Ending the War between the “Front” and the “Back”

Total CEs: 3 credit hours (Additional 3 hour course on billing offered same day by Dr. Chris Farrugia)

About Dr. Farrugia

Dr. Chris P. Farrugia is a speaker, teacher, and leader in digital dentistry. An early adopter of digital CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Farrugia added CT to his practice in 2011. He trains dentists nationwide who want to advance their practices with CAD/CAM digital restorative techniques, digital imaging and successfully access medical benefits for their services. Dr. Farrugia is a graduate from the Emory University of Dentistry and an alumnus of LD Pankey Institute. He has been a CEREC Chairside user since 2000, a CEREC inLab user since 2009, and a Certified CEREC Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Trainer. Dr. Farrugia is the owner of Artistic Dental Laboratory Services, past Medical Director of Pensacola Imaging, and author of the Successful Medical Billing series of books and multiple articles on medical billing for dentists.

Lecture:

Medical Billing for the Dental Practice: Fact or Fiction? (AGD code 550)

Dental practices are filled with patients that pay premiums for medical insurance policies that have benefits available for services they render. Accessing medical benefits requires the dental office to step out of their “dentocentric” view of their practice and into a medical view. In this presentation, dentists/dental practices will learn to separate the medical portion of their services from the dental, identify when to file for medically necessary services, and medical claim submission protocols.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the basis for medical billing for dental practices
  • Learn what can and should be billed to medical insurance
  • Learn basic medical insurance terminology and concepts necessary for payment
  • Understand the medical claims cycle
  • Understand Medical Necessity for claims
  • Learn ICD and CPT coding basics for exams, radiographs, and CT

About Mary Govoni

Mary Govoni is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant, working with dental teams for over 40 years on clinical efficiency, infection prevention, ergonomics, and team communication.

Mary is known for her practical approaches to implementing systems and protocols to enhance practice efficiency and communication. Her areas of expertise are OSHA and HIPAA compliance, patient safety, privacy, and data security; as well as ergonomics and conflict resolution for dental teams.

 

She’s a past president of the American Dental Assistants Association, a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, a member of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention, the Academy of Dental Management Consultants and the Speaking and Consulting Network. She has published numerous articles in Dental Economics, The Dental Assistant Journal, RDH Magazine, Dentistry Today, Inside Dentistry and many others.

Lecture:

Conquering Conflict on the Dental Team: Ending the War between the “Front” and the “Back” (AGD Code 550)

Have you ever heard members of your team say things like “if only the back office understood that our job is much more than just answering the phone”? Or “we wish the front office appreciated how hard we work back here”? Do you frequently hear team members say: “it’s not my job!”? These are common signs of unresolved conflicts between the administrative and clinical teams in the practice.  Left unresolved, these conflicts can negatively impact team morale, patient satisfaction, productivity, profitability, and the overall success of the practice.

 

In this course, participants will learn to recognize potential areas of conflict, what causes it, and how to implement a system for conflict resolution based on shared responsibilities and accountability. Participants will also learn the importance of developing and following consistent protocols for enhancing the patient care experience and creating a team environment with less tension and stress.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define conflict in the context of the workplace
  • Learn techniques for conflict resolution
  • Identify common causes of miscommunication and conflict between the clinical and business teams in dental practices
  • Implement strategies for creating a seamless treatment experience for patients

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October 14, 2019

Location: Scottish Rite Center at 332 E. 1st Street North, Wichita

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)

Lunch and snacks provided for each registrant.

Karen Baker
The Impact of Alternative Medicine on Clinical Dentistry: Complimentary or Conflicting and Drugs and Dentistry: New Issues and Newer Solutions

Total CEs: 6 credit hours

About Karen Baker

Professor Karen Baker has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 38 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy.  She has given well over 1000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate courses at the University of Iowa.

 

Lectures:

The Impact of Alternative Medicine on Clinical Dentistry: Complimentary or Conflicting (AGD Code 750)

Are you recording medication histories that include resveratrol, curcumin, probiotics, gingko biloba, fish oil, elderberry, or milk thistle?  Do your patients ask you to recommend only “natural” oral health products?  The resurgence of herbal medicine has produced confusion and conflict among health care providers and patients alike.  Patients mistakenly equate the terms “natural” and “standardized” with safe and effective.

Many patients have embraced nontraditional medicine as a way to become “co-therapists” in their disease state management.  Dental professionals must avoid making negative generalizations about alternative therapies in order to stay involved in the therapeutic decision-making process.    During this program, we will discuss the herbal landscape, which includes laws and regulations as well as the qualifications of naturopaths and herbalists.  A list of reliable science-based references will be included to provide ongoing clinical support for rational decisions related to herbal products.

The twenty most popular systemic herbs will be evaluated for dental impact, including the effect on bleeding, wound healing, intra-oral effects, and interactions with dental drugs.  We will also take a detailed look at herbal products promoted for the treatment of oral diseases, including gingivitis, periodontitis, aphthous stomatitis, and herpes simplex gingivostomatitis.  Agents such as Coenzyme Q-10, aloe vera, green tea extract, natural essential oils, melaleuca, and goldenseal will be critiqued for safety and effectiveness in the treatment of oral disease.  Product-specific information, including ingredients, manufacturer claims, and fluoride content will be provided along with product recommendations based on patient characteristics.

We will conclude by discussing step-wise strategies for evaluating and managing patients taking herbal medications.  A practical and detailed handout will be provided to allow participants to apply this information to their practice.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this course and reviewing the accompanying handout, the participant should be able to:

  • buy and use a science-based herbal reference and recommend information sources for patients,
  • describe valid medical uses for the top twenty systemic herbal medications,
  • recognize the dental impact of common systemic herbal medications and dietary supplements,
  • select specific herbal oral health products with reasonable claims and safe ingredients, and
  • discuss the effectiveness of herbal therapies and dietary supplements on gingivitis and periodontitis.

 

Drugs and Dentistry: New Issues and Newer Solutions (AGD code 730)

Increasing numbers of dental patients are uncontrolled hypertensives or diabetics with complex oral health problems. Many new cardiovascular, central nervous system, and endocrine drugs can interact with dental drugs or affect bleeding or wound healing. Patient self-medication with supplements and over-the-counter drugs has recently been recognized as potentially risky in dentistry. Consequently, more and more patients report chemical and drug allergies and intolerances.

Dental professionals are frequently faced with medically complex and chemically challenged patients and need practical strategies for providing safe and appropriate care.   The purpose of this course is to identify new drug-related problems encountered in dental practice and to outline practical management solutions.  Extensive handouts will supplement discussion of intra-oral drug effects and treatment modifications involving medicated or allergic patients.   Throughout the program, primary emphasis will be placed on developing consistent strategies for treating medically complex dental patients. An extensive and very current handout will greatly enhance the chair-side value of this fast-paced and practical course.

 

Learning objectives:

After attending this course and reviewing the handouts, the participant should be able to:

  • recognize the specific dental treatment modifications necessary to prevent complications in patients with major cardiovascular or central nervous system disorders,
  • modify dental treatment for patients on new chronic medications for diabetes, osteoporosis, and collagen vascular diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and
  • identify the chronic medications likely to precipitate major interactions with dental antibiotics, analgesics, local anesthetics, and oral or parenteral anesthesia agents.

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September 9, 2019

M. Nader Sharifi, DDS, MS
A Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear: Quality Removable Prosthodontics

Total CEs: 6 credit hours

Location: Scottish Rite Center at 332 E. 1st Street North, Wichita

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)

Lunch and snacks provided for each registrant.

About Dr. Sharifi

Nader Sharifi, D.D.S., M.S. holds a certificate in prosthodontics and a masters degree in biomaterials from Northwestern University. He received his dental education at the University of Illinois. He has presented more than 500 lectures covering numerous topics on restorative dentistry earning him recognition from esteemed study groups, societies and associations across the nation and internationally.

Dr. Sharifi currently maintains a full-time private practice in Chicago’s downtown loop and uses his experience as a five day a week wet gloved dentist to ensure time-saving and cost-effective care are represented in his presentations. In 2007 Chicago Dental Society honored him with the Gordon Christenson Distinguished Lecturer Award. He has also been honored with Fellowship in the American College of Dentists and Membership in the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry – both in 2010.

Lecture:

A Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear: Quality Removable Prosthodontics (AGD code 670)

Esthetic dentistry can and should reach the removable prosthodontic patient.  New materials, methods, and knowledge provide dentists with the opportunity to fabricate lifelike full mouth reconstructions that just so happen to be removable.  This course will clarify the specific steps that will have a huge impact on the success of these removable reconstructions.

Participants review state-of-the-art procedures for the highest quality removable prosthodontics – and discuss procedures from case design to prosthesis delivery, impression making, and “claspless” partial designs.  Participants will receive a thorough review of every clinical step involved in fabricating high-quality removable prostheses.

Learning objectives:

  • Clarify the most important clinical steps to achieve patient success in complete and partial prosthodontics.
  • Learn numerous variations of framework design to increase esthetics.
  • Understand a variety of impression techniques for partials & completes.
  • Consider the alternative option of the functional impression technique.
  • Review the value of prosthesis delivery and post insertion adjustments.
  • Consider a new solution for the combination cases: fixed and removable.
  • Review the importance of the different denture occlusion options.

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