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Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Michigan Dental Assistants' Association

Fall Frankenmuth Seminar

Speaker: David P. Smith, DDS; Pamela Zarkowski, JD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Where: Bavarian Inn and Lodge, 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 (map)
Full-day Cost: $75/American Dental Assistants Association member, and $125 for nonmember and ADAA E-members.
Half-day Cost: $50/ADAA members and $75/nonmember and ADAA e-members.
Student Cost: $35/dental assisting students, dental hygiene students, and dental students (must be currently enrolled).
CE Credits: 6
Contact: Laurel Fowler at (586) 415-7110

Morning Session

In the morning session, Dr. David Smith, dental hygiene program director at Baker College, will provide the presentation “Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide for Dental Professionals.” This course will analyze the anatomy necessary for the successful administration of local anesthesia; specify injection sites and areas anesthetized for nerve blocks; review the armamentarium for local anesthesia administration; discuss pharmacology of local anesthetic agents and nitrous oxide; and summarize the indications and contraindications of nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation.

Afternoon Session

The afternoon session features Pamela Zarkowski, JD, senior consultant for the Academy for Academic Leadership and provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy. Zarkowski which will highlight key ethical principles that guide oral health care providers as well as common ethical dilemma’s faced in private practice. In addition, an introduction to legal concepts, including torts, negligence, informed consent and informed refusal will be reviewed. The Administrative Rules for the State Board of Dentistry will be highlighting focusing on key sections important to all members of the dental team.

The registration deadline is Oct. 24, 2014.


The MDAA has reserved a block of rooms at the Bavarian Inn Lodge at a rate of $105 standard room and $155 for a suite. Reserve rooms by calling (989) 652-7200 before Oct. 16 and using group number 11Q98Y.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 - Genesee District Dental Assistants Society

Continuing Education and Lunch

Speakers: Robert Majewski, DDS; Bonita Neighbors, DDS; Kim Turner, PT, CHT; and Denise Polk, DDS
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Gateway Center, Flint
Full-day Cost: $100/person (includes lunch)
Half-day Cost: $75/person (includes lunch)
Student Cost: $40/person (includes lunch)
CE Credits: 6/full-day; 3/half-day
Contact: Lori Barnhart at 810-515-6317

Morning Session

Robert Majewski, DDS
Adolescent Nutrition and Soft Drink Consumption: Implications to Overall and Dental Health

Adolescents have unique needs and concerns in regards to dental care. Among these concerns is the adolescent diet, which often contains high amounts of high-carbohydrate snack foods, including carbonated beverages, usually containing significant amounts of sugar and caffeine. Increased consumption of sugars has been identified as a potential factor in an increase in caries activity. Caffeine is a factor, as regular ingestion of caffeine has been shown to potentially lead to a physical desire to habitually ingest caffeine. Preventive counseling on these matters has become more challenging and as a profession we must be willing and able to spend time on prevention and diet counseling.

Bonita Neighbors, DDS
What's a nice girl like you, doing in a place like this? The truth about caring for the underserved and imprisoned

Stereotyping abounds when care for the imprisoned or underserved is discussed and the goal of this course it to clarify truths and dismiss the myths. What level of care is provided to these segments of our population compared to main stream society? Are the standards the same? Is there really an access to care issue for children of the poor in our state? During this course we will discuss as a profession how we can impact care for the underserved.

Afternoon Session

Kim Turner, PT, CHT
Moving Forward – A Synergistic Partnership in the Treatment of Patients with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Kim Turner, physical therapist and co-owner of Advanced Physical Therapy Center, will discuss the physical therapist’s role in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder, and who can be helped by physical therapy intervention. Kim will also discuss the latest treatments and technologies in physical therapy for TMD with a focus on postural education; improved jaw movement; and, most importantly to your patients, pain alleviation.

Note: This course Michigan’s one-hour pain management requirement.

Denise Polk, DDS
Oral Pathology Overview for the Dental Team

This is an overview of oral anatomy and commonly seen oral diseases. This exposure will give the team members basic knowledge of oral pathology relative to their area of specialization in health care and enable them to recognize and become more aware of the conditions facing the population of dental patients.

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to explain why oral pathology is important for dental assistants to know. Recognize normal facial and oral anatomy. Recognize developmental disorders of the jaws and dentition. Recognize abnormalities affecting the teeth. Identify white, red, and ulcerated lesions of the oral mucosa. Recognize cancer and bisphosphonate-associated lesions. Identify the risk associated with oral habits which include tobacco use, oral piercing, and methamphetamines.

ADAA Members

Dues paying member of the American Dental Assistants Association may subtract $25 off of the registration fee (membership number must be included with registration for verification).

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