Course Listing

MSDA Member Perks CE Retreat

Friday, April 5, 2019 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Improving Patient Care Utilizing 'Best Practice' Systems for Clinical Documentation
by: Larry Oxenham

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM       Applying the Evidence in Clinical Dentistry: are you adhering to the best practices?
by: Dr. Isabel Rambob

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Incorporating Dental Technologies: Chairside CAD/CAM Restorations, Removable Partial Denture Prosthodontics, & Digital Technology Incorporation
by: Dr. Bryan Dye

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM       Dental Lasers: Expensive Toys or Essential Tools?
by: Dr. Steven Pohlhaus

Course Descriptions

Improving Patient Care Utilizing 'Best Practice' Systems for Clinical Documentation
by: Larry Oxenham, Senior Advisor

This course teaches proven and effective strategies to prevent and protect against circumstances that contribute to malpractice claims, giving dentists the equanimity necessary to focus on the clinical needs of their patients. Additionally, this course covers cost effective techniques to create an environment where the best dental technology and patient care can be administered. Specific topics covered in this course include: 

  • Maintaining focus on improved clinical treatment that exceeds your standard of care.
  • Protecting your practice by implementing an effective office structure and policies.
  • Understanding the principles needed to protect your patients, staff, and practice overall.


Applying the Evidence in Clinical Dentistry: are you adhering to the best practices?
by: Dr. Isabel Rambob, DDS

In an era where patients are taking a more active role in their own treatment, there is an increasing need for dentists to have access to the best available evidence to make the best possible decisions to achieve the best possible outcomes.  Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) is derived from evidence-based medicine (EBM), whose founding principles are the best evidence, clinical expertise, and patient values. EBD is not just about using evidence to design treatment plans. It also encourages a dialogue between patients and providers, so patients can share in the decision-making and make their values and preferences known. The benefit of this approach is that providers listen to patient concerns and take them into consideration to determine the appropriate treatment plan. Course objectives include:

  • To review the principles of EBD;
  • To present the steps to transition to evidence-based practice;
  • To offer tips on becoming a more effective lifelong learner;
  • To present strategies to build partnership with patients to support the principles of EBD;
  • To use clinical scenarios to apply the principles learned in this session.


Incorporating Dental Technologies: Chairside CAD/CAM Restorations, Removable Partial Denture Prosthodontics, & Digital Technology Incorporation
by: Dr. Bryan Dye, DDS, MS, FACP, FICD

From chairside CAD/CAM materials to incorporating digital technologies into dentistry, our field is consistently changing. In this course, we will discuss chairside CAD/CAM applications and choosing and using the right materials, the use of classic versus alternative philosophies regarding removable partial denture design, and the importance of practicing dentists being familiar with digital technologies in dentistry. Course objectives include:

  • Discuss the different classes of materials used for chairside CAD/CAM
  • Discuss some of the properties of these materials
  • Discuss indications for using these materials clinically
  • Discuss briefly conventional design philosophies
  • Discuss several alternative design philosophies
  • Discuss esthetic indications of these designs
  • Discuss biomechanical indications for these designs
  • Discuss the prevalence of digital technologies used in dentistry today
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities of using these technologies in a dental school curriculum
  • Discuss various digital technologies used in dentistry


Dental Lasers: Expensive Toys or Essential Tools?
by: Dr. Steven Pohlhaus, DDS, FAGD

Lasers have been a part of the dental armamentarium for over a quarter of a century. The important question facing the modern dentist is... "Are dental lasers worth the hype or are they just expensive tools that do what I already do with my handpiece and scalpel?" This course will show the advantages of lasers for both the practitioner and the patient. It will give the dentist the information needed to make a financially and clinically sound decision regarding implementing lasers into their practice. All major dental laser wavelengths will be presented and the advantages and disadvantages of each will be discussed. Clinical cases will be presented to show the role of lasers in every discipline of dentistry. Course objectives include:

  • Explain the advantages of lasers for both practitioners and patients.
  • Discuss the financial and clinical factors to consider before implementing lasers in a practice.
  • Compare and contrast all major dental laser wavelengths.
  • Discuss clinical cases to show the role of lasers in dentistry.

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