New Therapies and Current Controversies in Dentistry


Registration & Fees

  Before June 19 After June 19
Dentist $585 $625
Auxiliary $285 $325
New Graduate (2018-2019) $305 $355

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Credit

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance for credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints may be directed to the provider or to the ADA CERP at www. ada.org/cerp The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for 12.25 ADA CERP continuing education credits. 1/01/18-12/31/21.

The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship /Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/2018-12/31/2021.

Objectives

The symposium should prepare participants to:

  • Discuss proper methods of patient assessment, through which the provider can identify the risks of treatment, and the importance of tailoring the treatment plan for each patient
  • Explain  three important principles of exodontia, review the importance of proper armamentarium for performing complicated exodontia and other Dentoalveolar procedures
  • Discuss the basic pharmacology and indications for usage of ADA recommended emergency medications
  • Discuss the importance of the action plan for systematically emplacing actions the provider and staff must perform to  identify what emergent treatment can be rendered in the office vs. when the next level of care is needed
  • Establish a differential diagnosis of commonly occurring neuropathic pain conditions in a dental practice
  • Identify diagnostic modalities to separate odontogenic and neuropathic pain in the head and neck region
  • Recognize basic medical management techniques in patients with neuropathic pain in the head and neck region
  • Discuss the etiology of temporomandibular disorders(TMD)
  • Explain the clinical and imaging modalities utilized in treatment and management of various TMD’s
  • Identify indications and contraindications of all-on-four prosthesis
  • Explain pre-surgical and surgical work- up, treatment planning and prosthetic work-up
  • Identify the advantage and disadvantages of all-on-four
  • Review the evolution of OxyContin and its role in the Opioid Epidemic
  • Explain ADA and AAOMS position on Opioid prescribing and utilization of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Describe common behaviors of drug seeking dental patients
  • Explain the possible etiologies and various classifications of nerve injury
  • Discuss the evaluation and treatment of nerve injury patients

Course Schedule

Friday, July 19, 2019
1:45 Registration
2:00 Welcome and Introduction to Weekend - Dr. Kalathingal
2:15 Neuropathic Pain in a Dental Office - Dr. Desai
Establish a differential diagnosis of commonly occurring neuropathic pain conditions in a dental practice; identify diagnostic modalities to separate odontogenic and neuropathic pain in the head and neck region; discuss basic medical management techniques in patients with neuropathic pain in the head and neck region; identify referral patterns for further investigation and management of dental patients with neuropathic pain
4:15 Break
4:30 Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Diagnostic Imaging Drs. Kalathingal & Desai
Discuss the etiology of temporomandibular disorders(TMD); develop  a differential diagnosis of TMD based on the symptoms; explain the clinical and imaging modalities utilized in treatment and management of various TMD’s
6:30 Adjourn

Saturday, July 20, 2019
7:00 Breakfast
7:30 Oral Surgery for the General Practitioner - Dr. Ferguson
Discuss proper methods of  patient assessment, through which the provider can identify the risks of treatment, and the importance of tailoring the treatment plan for each patient; modify treatment techniques for  anxious patient and  manage worst case scenarios for  appropriate clinical outcome; explain  three important principles of exodontia, review the importance of proper armamentarium for performing complicated exodontia and other dentoalveolar procedures; review the design and proper elevation techniques for management of full thickness mucogingival flaps; review principles of suturing and commonly used suturing techniques
9:30 Break
9:45 The Opioid Epidemic- Dentist’s Place and All-on-Four Dental Implant Therapy Dr. Whitesides
Identify the role the dentist plays in the Opioid Epidemic and the liability in prescribing opioids; review the evolution of OxyContin and its role in the Opioid Epidemic; explain ADA and AAOMS position on Opioid prescribing and utilization of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; describe common behaviors of drug seeking dental patients
12:45 Adjourn

Sunday July 21, 2019
7:00 Continental Breakfast
7:30 Management of Nerve Injury - Dr. Whitesides
Explain the possible etiologies and various classifications of nerve injury; list the terminology for nerve injury patients; discuss the evaluation and treatment of nerve injury patients
8:30 Break
8:45 Medical Emergencies in a Dental Office - Dr. Ferguson
Discuss the basic pharmacology and indications for usage of ADA recommended emergency medications; review the pathophysiology and basic management principles of 15 commonly occurring medical emergencies; discuss the importance of the action plan for systematically emplacing actions the provider and staff must perform to  identify what emergent treatment can be rendered in the office vs. when the next level of care is needed
10:45 Adjourn

 Course Faculty

Course Director
Sajitha Kalathingal, BDS obtained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from India and a Masters in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences at the Dental College of Georgia. Dr. Kalathingal is a board certified radiologist and provides cone beam computed tomography consultation services. She is a member of many professional organizations and has received awards for teaching and service in local and national levels. Dr. Kalathingal’s passion is teaching with technology and she has developed various electronic interactive modules for teaching pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students. Her research interests include two and three dimensional imaging techniques and the clinical applications.

Guest Faculty
Lee Whitesides, DMD, MMSc is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has been in private practice in the metro Atlanta area for 21 years. He graduated from Davidson College in 1984 and completed a Masters degree from the Medical Science Program at Emory University in 1986. He began his career as an anesthetist at Crawford W, Long hospital in Atlanta. Two years later he joined the School of Dentistry at Medical College of Georgia. Upon graduation from Dental School he pursued a one year General Practice Residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Later he joined the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at the University of Maryland Medical Systems. After four years of residency he has been practicing in Georgia and lecturing through the DCG at the Augusta University MaxiCourse Comprehensive Training Program in Implant Dentistry for over twenty years.

AU Faculty
Bhavik Desai, DMD PhD, Associate Professor and Section Director of Oral Medicine with the DCG at Augusta University. He received his PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Maryland and his dental degree and oral medicine residency training from The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Desai is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. He teaches and provides patient services in oral medicine – in the areas of oral mucosal lesions, systemic manifestations of systemic disease and chronic facial pain at DCG. He has lectured on these topics at various local and national meetings.

Henry W. Ferguson, DDS, Col. Ret., Vice Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of Post Graduate training, received his dental degree in 1980 from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh PA. He entered active duty service with the United States Army Dental Corps and completed a residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon GA. Dr. Ferguson retired from active duty at the rank of Colonel in March 2004. In April 2004, Dr Ferguson received a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the MCG Medical Center Department of Surgery and the MCG Dental College of Georgia as an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Ferguson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a member of the ADA, a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the National Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology

 Location/Lodging


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Kiawah Island Resort - Where gracious luxury lives in perfect harmony with unspoiled nature, just a stone’s throw from historic Charleston, South Carolina. From golf getaways to family vacations, Kiawah Island Golf Resort delivers the accommodations, amenities, activities and beautiful natural environment that keep guests coming back, year-after-year.

RESERVATIONS: 800-654-2924 
Please identify your group as Augusta University Dental Meeting, and/or the group booking number 14157.

 DepositEach reservation must be guaranteed by a check equal to one night's lodging (plus 12.5% tax) payable to the Kiawah Island Resort. Daily resort fee of 9% per night.  The Kiawah Island Resort will confirm your reservation directly to you when your deposit is received. If the type of accommodation you request is sold out, the most appropriate lodging available will be reserved for you. Your deposit must be received within five days if not paid by major credit card. All rates are subject to 12.5% tax. Cancellations must be received 14 days prior to arrival date for refund of deposit.

Target Audience

This course is designed for dentists, auxilliaries and other dental professionals.

Handouts

We’ve gone electronic to help serve you better! A HANDOUT link we be emailed to all registered participants the Tuesday before the first day of the course.  Please watch for an email from lbthigpen@augusta.edu.

Comfort Zone

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

Special Needs

The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilites or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Cancellation Policy

Augusta University is not responsible for any circumstance making it impossible to attend their continuing education courses due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilities. If Augusta University cancels a continuing education activity you will be refunded your registration fee. Augusta University is not liable for any associated lodging, transportation or additional expenses.

Program Photography

If you wish to opt out of any photographic images during the CE course, please notify the course director at the time of the program!

   



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