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Dental Society Courses

Courses appearing below are sponsored by various district dental societies. To list a course, send complete course information to Jackie Hammond at the MDA office.

NOTE: The MDA encourages local dental societies to publicize courses and speakers online and in the MDA Journal's Continuing Education listings. These listings are published when submitted and should not be considered a definitive list or master calendar of all component CE courses offered in the state of Michigan. Local societies planning CE events are urged to contact other components when scheduling courses to avoid conflicting dates.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 - West Michigan District Dental Society

Emergency Medicine

Speaker: Stanley Malamed, DDS
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (map)
CE Credits: 7
Contact: Elaine Fleming at (616) 234-5605

The first session will include a discussion of preparation involving the office and staff, and includes a thorough review of the office emergency kit (drugs and equipment). The second session will include the recognition and management of specific emergency situations. It includes the management of unconsciousness, respiratory distress, seizures, drug-related emergencies, and chest pain — including cardiac arrest and the use of the AED.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 - Washtenaw District Dental Society

OSHA Update (a.m.)
The Art of Great Customer Service (p.m.)

Speakers: Marie Fluent, DDS (a.m.); ZingTrain (p.m.)
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.)
Where: Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor (map)
Cost: See below
CE Credits: 5
Contact: Barb Kolling at (734) 761-2445

Morning Session

Marie T. Fluent, DDS is a graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. She has enjoyed twenty five years of practice in Virginia, Maryland and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Fluent is on the advisory committee for the Washtenaw Community College Dental assisting program, and is a consultant for the Ann Arbor VA hospital. She is on the editorial board for THE DENTAL ADVISOR and lectures on the topics of dental materials and infection control in the dental office. Although disease transmission in the dental setting is rare, consequences may be severe, highly publicized and potentially lethal. This course will review CDC guidelines and OHSA recommendations and the supporting scientific literature. Participants will learn strategies to break the infection “chain of transmission” and prevent exposures to blood-borne pathogens and other infectious materials. The dental team will understand that the goal of infection prevention is to ensure a mutually safe practice environment for both employees and patients. Participants will learn that infection control is a team based responsibility requiring constant attention, education and compliance.

Afternoon Session

Zingerman’s has set the standard for great customer service in the specialty foods industry. This success has come from combining an innovative service philosophy with practical working systems, all of which ZingTrain will share in this workshop. Zingerman’s approach has been successfully applied in a wide variety of businesses and non-profits that are committed to improving the quality of their customer service, including banks, insurance agencies, health care providers, museums, libraries, and non-food retailers The workshop will be informal and interactive, providing opportunities for discussion and hands-on practice. The focus of the session will be on developing individual Action Plans of customer service improvements that participants can implement in their home business or department. Participant workbooks will include samples of tools and training materials used at Zingerman’s.


Both Courses: $50/All types of member dentists; $150/staff and nonmember dentists.  

Morning Course Only: $20/active and assoc member dentists (includes Certificate); $45/other member dentists (includes Certificate); $60/staff member and nonmember dentists (includes Certificate).

Afternoon Course Only: $50/ WDDS members and ALL TYPES of members; $105/staff, guests and other nonmember dentists.

Friday, March 13, 2015 - West Michigan District Dental Society

Successful Management of Acute Dental Pain
Managing the Endodontic Infection

Speaker: Ken Hargreaves, DDS, PhD
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (map)
CE Credits: 7
Contact: Elaine Fleming at (616) 234-5605

This evidence-based course is designed to provide effective and practical strategies for managing acute dental pain emergencies. The latest information of NSAIDS, acetaminophen-containing analgesics and local anesthetics will be provided with the objective of having immediate application to your next patient emergency. Want to know how to anesthetize that hot tooth? How to predictably manage severe acute pain after surgical or endodontic treatments? How to combine common medications to improve analgesia?

This course will answer these practical tips and more using a lecture style that emphasizes interactions with the audience in answering common pain problems with useful solutions.

Afternoon Session

The afternoon course is designed to provide effective and practical strategies for managing dentoalveolar infections. The objective is to be practical. The biology of infections is used as a foundation to allow the practitioner to select the best combination of dental and pharmacological treatments to manage dental infections. In addition, potential adverse effects and their management will be reviewed. Want to know which antibiotic to use? How to manage most endodontic infections with local treatment instead of antibiotics? Which endodontic procedures offer the most optimal way to reduce/eliminate endodontic pathogens? This course will answer these practical tips and more, using a lecture style that emphasizes interactions with the audience in addressing endodontic infection problems with useful solutions.

At the completion of this course the practitioner should be able to:

  1. Describe a practical method that combines non-pharmacological treatment with the appropriate antibiotics for managing dental infections.
  2. Understand the growing recognition of bacterial strains resistant to current antibiotics and be able to describe how to manage this problem.
  3. Describe an effective approach for providing root canal treatment in infected teeth.

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