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Sept. 17, 2015 – East Central Chapter of the American Association of Dental Office Mangers

Speak Your Peace: Controlling Stress in Your Practice Through Effective Communication

Speaker: Cathy Jameson
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center, Frankenmuth, Mich. (map)
Cost: $20/individual; $30/ with guest
Contact: Sami Erlandson at (616) 791-2358, ext. 4729
Online Registration: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Stress for the healthcare professional is real. Poor communication can lead to endless, stressful situations in a dental office. The Jameson team educates you on the importance of great communication in combating stress and teaches the skills that open the lines of communication and keep them open. Improved communication has proven valuable in reducing burnout and dropout; improving job satisfaction and teamwork and reducing stress; and increasing productivity.

Course topics include:

  • WHAT’S on your mind? Identify your stressor – this is the first step to stress control.
  • THEN what? Learn how to control those stressors once you identify them.
  • TALK the talk. Learn effective communication and listening skills to help you increase productivity, gain understanding and avoid misunderstandings and mistakes.
  • SPEAK your peace. Learn how to say what you need to say without offending others.
  • BECOME a problem solver. Learn effective problem solving skills and develop skills for constructive confrontation so that you can resolve problems and conflicts instead of cause them. Vital tools for both your personal and professional life!
  • BECOME a student of stress control. Learn and practice the 12steps to controlling stress and energizing your life!

NOTE: Please RSVP no later than Aug. 20, 2015.


Sept. 25-26, 2015 - Michigan Academy of General Dentistry

Everything You Want to Know about Oral Surgery
but Were Afraid to Ask

Speaker: Ron Morris, DDS, MS
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (registration and breakfast at 6:30 a.m.)
Where: Harbor Springs, Mich.
Cost: $895/AGD; $1,145/Non-AGD; $250/Office Staff (each)
CE Credits: 14
Contact: Richard Nykiel, DDS at (734) 616-6672
Registration: DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

The overall learning objectives of this seminar are to simplify surgical procedures in your office and to emphasize faster “surgical” extractions without extensive bone removal and ridge preparation for immediate dentures. Also, to simplify socket bone grafting, one-drug oral sedation, mini-implants, biopsy, and surgical complications.

Day 1: Covers routine surgeries, from extractions to impactions, palatal and mandibular tori removal, simple and complex orthodontic impacted canine exposure, socket grafting with and without membranes, infections and pain management and how to manage complications. Tips and techniques for faster and more efficient and less painful surgeries will be presented. This session will also cover anatomy, local anesthetic blocks and oral sedation. All done on life like models.

Day 2: Deals with more advanced procedures for immediate maxillary and molar implants and immediate maxillary anterior implant placement, along with immediate abutment, temporary fabrication, and advanced soft tissue procedures for both pre-prosthetics and implants.

NOTE: This course covers Michigan’s required one hour CE credit for pain management.

About the speaker … Dr. Morris received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1977 and attended the University of Detroit School of Dentistry where he graduated with honors in 1981. He did a general practice residency at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City Missouri and an oral and Maxillofacial residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He has been practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery since 1985 and is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. He lectures and teaches human anatomy at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and presents nationally on anatomy, local anesthesia, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.


Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 — Michigan Dental Assistants Association

Mission of Mercy Fundraising Seminar

Speakers: Susan Deming, RDH, RDA, BS; Scott Hodges, DDS, MS; Josh Lord, MBA; Kevin Sloan, DDS, MS
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (hour lunch on your own)
Where: MDA Headquarters, Okemos (map)
Seating Limit: 65
Cost: $75  (morning program); $75 (afternoon program); $125/both programs
CE Credits: 6
Contact: Lori Barnhart, CDA, RDA
Online Registration: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

“Managing Your Practice’s Digital Footprint”

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Josh Lord, MBA

This presentation will help you learn how to understand, manage, and enhance your practice’s online reputation. Your patients and potential patients are already having a conversation about you — this session will teach you how to implement strategies that will enhance your practice's credibility on digital platforms.

“Dentistry Here, There, Anywhere!”

9:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Scott Hodges, DDS, MS

This course will explore the challenges, experiences and rewards of providing dentistry in nontraditional dental office settings, both locally and internationally. Some of these challenges include funding, equipment logistics, patient education, treatment-planning, and providing high-quality care with 500 people standing in line! The experience of serving in local, statewide and international dental clinics will be discussed, as will the rewards of dentistry here, there, and anywhere.

“Introduction to Customizing Stock Abutments for Implant Restorations”

1 - 3 p.m.
Kevin Sloan, DDS, MS

New implant technology and procedures can be confusing and difficult to understand. But the use of stock abutments customized to meet the needs of individual cases is an underutilized procedure. This presentation is an introduction to selecting and modifying stock abutments. The dentist benefits from greater involvement with case design, lower costs and highly predictable outcomes. The presenter will show numerous cases using several abutment brands.

“Talking to Your Patients about Community Water Fluoridation”

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Susan Deming, RDH, RDA, BS

As dental professionals, we often forget that some people do NOT understand the role community water fluoridation plays in our efforts to improve oral health. In this session, the public health benefits of fluoridation will be reviewed and the status of fluoridation in Michigan will be highlighted. You’ll learn how to approach the subject and say the right words to patients who may have concerns regarding fluoride and fluoridation.

All of the registration fees collected will be donated to the MDA Foundation and earmarked for the June 2016 Mission of Mercy program.

Mark your calendars for this seminar and check back later for final registration information.

Registration deadline is Dec. 5, 2015. Questions may be directed to MDAA President-elect Lori Barnhart, CDA, RDA.


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