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The Michigan Dental Association is a nationally approved continuing education provider through the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP). The current term of approval extends from November 2015 through December 2019. The Michigan Board of Dentistry recognizes ADA CERP providers and will accept Michigan Dental Association credits toward license renewal.

Course #1

Today’s Top Clinical Tips

26
Wednesday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Fee: $209/person (Includes breakfast and lunch.)
Limit: 300

Dentistry is changing at a rapid pace. Being successful and efficient is about staying on top of the newest trends and clinical tips. In this program, Dr. Brady will present the top clinical tips and techniques she is teaching. Some are old tried and true approaches that remain successful, while others introduce brand new materials and approaches. Tips will span the areas of prevention, posterior composites and indirect all ceramics.

Learning objectives:

  • caries and perio prevention;
  • posterior composite efficiency and effectiveness;
  • successful bonding and cementation; and
  • improved posterior all-ceramic restorations.

This course is appropriate for dentists, hygienists, and assistants.

Co-sponsored by Crest Oral B Professional Oral Health and GC America.

Course #2

House of Delegates Leadership Training/Meet the Candidates

26
Wednesday
5:00pm - 7:00pm
(reception at 5pm; training at 6pm)

Speaker: Dr. Deb Peters, MDA speaker of the house of delegates

Fee: FREE (includes reception)

Dr. Debra Peters, MDA speaker of the House, will hold a continuing education/networking session during the MDA Annual Session on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 5 - 7 p.m. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. This session is appropriate for all members who desire to improve their knowledge of proper debate and decorum as well as meeting organizational skills. There will be no fee for this continuing education credit session.

Candidates for all offices will be invited to attend this event. Join your colleagues for networking and meet the candidates from 5 - 6 p.m. with light appetizers and a cash bar. The training session will take place from 6 – 7 p.m.

Each component is urged to have at least one to two representatives attend. If there are individuals in your component that may be interested in a leadership position either at the component or state level, please let them know about this session and encourage them to attend. This is a great opportunity for you to network and speak with individual Board members and staff to communicate your ideas and thoughts.

Course #3

CNA Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Seminar

27
Thursday
8:00am – 12:30pm
Fee: $100/person
Limit: 110

The CNA Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Seminar is designed for dentists and staff members who wish to enhance patient care and reduce the risk of a malpractice claim. In today’s litigious society, managing risk is more important than ever before. Don’t wait until after you’ve had a malpractice claim to learn the most effective ways to protect your patients — and your practice. Learn from the experiences of your colleagues as our presentation and discussion of actual claims leads you and your staff through a myriad of key risk exposures. Course topics include best practices for managing clinical risks, managing adverse events, improving communication, informed consent and informed refusal, creating patient records that document and support your care, emerging risk issues, and much more.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and the Professional Protector Plan®.

Course #4

HOT TOPIC!
Dental Benefits 2017

27
Thursday
8:30am – 10:30am
Fee: $60/person
Limit: 30

This session will cover issues practitioners face with third-party payers including coordination of benefits, adjudication appeals, utilization review and proper documentation to aid in communication with payers. Emphasis will be given to issues with coding services for claims submission including bundling, down coding and new CDT codes for 2016. Market trends will be discussed including risk assessment and benefit plan design. The speaker will also present systems and resources to efficiently manage these issues for your practice. This program is suitable for doctors, clinical and office staff.

Course #5

Strive 2 Quit: Tobacco Cessation

27
Thursday
8:30am – 11:30am

Speaker: Stacey Franks

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

This course will discuss the consequences of smoking, why quitting is so difficult and many other aspects of tobacco cessation in educating dental patients. Discover how to help your patients help themselves.

Learning objectives:

  • how Nicotine replacement therapy can help;
  • creating a change plan;
  • pharmacological treatment options;
  • learning about motivational interviewing;
  • communication strategies; and
  • information exchange.

Co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association.

MDA House of Delegates: First Meeting

27
Thursday
8:30am – 10:30am

The first meeting of the House of Delegates will feature the presentation of the MDA Award winners, the MDA President’s Address, reports from the MDA executive director, MDA treasurer, Nominating Committee chair, announcements, nominations, and the introduction of new business.

Course #6

Oral Pathology of Hard and Soft Tissues (SOLD OUT!)

27
Thursday
9:00am – 12:00pm
SOLD OUT!

Speaker: James Geist, DDS

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

The course will consider common and/or important diseases of the oral cavity and the head and neck. Discussion will concentrate on diseases that have radiographic features including inflammatory lesions, cysts, cyst-like lesions, benign and malignant neoplasms, and other bone abnormalities.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the pathogenesis and disease mechanisms;
  • recognize clinical manifestations;
  • relate the imaging features of the lesions to their pathological characteristics; and
  • apply a systematic approach to the formulation of differential diagnoses.

NOTE: This course covers Michigan’s one-hour pain management.

Course #7

R.I.S.E to Success

27
Thursday
9:00am – 12:00pm

Speaker: Judy Kay Mausolf

Fee: $69/person
Limit: 150

Success is measured by a healthy bottom line, united leadership and a cohesive team. It also must include an environment you enjoy working in — with a feeling of a job well done at the end of the Day! Judy Kay shares her R.I.S.E. Philosophy. It’s a concept for best practices to help the entire dental team think differently, act differently, communicate effectively, work together better and make healthy decisions which result in ultimately growing the business.

Learning objectives:

  • learn how to build a united leadership team;
  • understanding the individual’s role in establishing trust, accountability and respect;
  • learn methods for making successful decisions;
  • learn R.I.S.E. Implementation Process steps;
  • outline how to develop team and performance standards;
  • discover beliefs and behaviors that nurture a patient-focused practice; and
  • acquire tools for creating accountability.
  • Uncover behaviors that inspire a culture of appreciation and celebration.

Sponsored by CareCredit.

Course #8

Ceramics and Esthetics

27
Thursday
9:00am – 12:00pm
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Today we have more options than ever for ceramic restorations. How do we choose the proper material for each situation? What advantages do some have over others? It is imperative to understand all the current ceramic systems of e.Max, full-contoured or layered zirconia. Attendees will also learn about proper cementation procedures and material selection.

Learning objectives:

  • select the proper ceramic to achieve maximum esthetic success in all areas of the mouth;
  • properly utilize all ceramic systems, including e.Max, layered and full contour zirconia;
  • select proper cements for each ceramic system including resin cements, RMGI and bioceramic cements; and
  • understand the impact of cement versus screw retained implant restorations.

Sponsored by Dentsply Sirona.

Course #9

Restorative Endodontics: A Modern Standard of Care for Long-Term Success

27
Thursday
9:00am – 12:00pm
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Restorative Endodontics is based on minimally invasive root canal preparations and bioceramic bonded obturation that enhance the long term biomechanical success of the endodontically treated tooth, and also a biologic approach that emphasizes debridement and disinfection rather than shaping for obturation. This Real World Endo® presentation is highly practical and will describe (in detail) numerous facets of clinical endodontics, utilizing a "Case Based Learning Approach." A premolar and molar clinical case will be discussed in detail that will demonstrate both the Basic and Advanced instrumentation and Obturation Technique, as well some technique variations to handle more challenging cases.

Learning objectives:

  • appreciate the scientific concepts for success by incorporating a few new simple steps during clinical care;
  • understand the importance of proper straight-line access and the factors necessary to accomplishing the task;
  • recognize the many applications for fiber-optic ultrasonics in endodontics; and
  • understand how to properly use the ESX® NiTi rotary file and instrumentation system.

NOTE: This course is a prerequisite for attending Dr. Abdenour's workshop (Course #16).

Sponsored by Real World Endo®.

Course #10

Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea in the Dental Office (Part I)

27
Thursday
9:00am – 12:00pm

Speaker: John Nadeau

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89 (per session)
Limit: 100

The presentation will include an analysis of patients' symptoms and how to screen for them, scripts for an effective patient interview, how to motivate the dental team to engage their patient on the subject, the morphology of the airway, comorbidities to look out for, the effects to the systemic organs, the reimbursement strategy and insurance billing using dental and medical coding. This program can incorporate an interactive hands-on approach with the attendees changing roles as simulated patients and providers. All necessary diagnostic equipment and intra-oral sleep appliances for the attendees to work with will be provided. This is a unique practical and valuable course.

Learning objectives:

  • provide the attendees with the knowledge of patient screening, diagnosis and treatment modalities for Obstructive Sleep Apnea;
  • enable the attendees to have a hands-on experience with OSA diagnostic equipment; and
  • encourage and enable the continuation of education in sleep dysfunction in order to provide service to the millions of sleep apnea sufferers.

Sponsored by Sleep Group Solutions.

Course #10HT

Human Trafficking Identification Training

27
Thursday
10:00am - 11:00am
Fee: $35/DDS and dental team members

The Michigan law banning human trafficking took effect on Aug. 24, 2006, with various provisions strengthening the law occurring over the following years. In 2014, the Training for Medical Professionals provision was adopted requiring most medical professionals (including dentists) to become trained in identifying the signs of human trafficking. This training session meets the Michigan Board of Dentistry’s new licensing requirement — adopted Jan. 6, 2017 — for health care professionals to complete an identification training course.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the types and venues of human trafficking in the state of Michigan.
  • Identifying victims of human trafficking in health care settings.
  • Recognizing the warning signs of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and minors.
  • Resources for reporting the suspected victims of human trafficking.

Presentation of Candidates

27
Thursday
10:30am
Ballroom C – DeVos Place

Hear from the candidates who are running for leadership positions within the Michigan Dental Association. The Presentation of Candidates will be held immediately following the first meeting of the MDA House of Delegates.

Course #11

HOT TOPIC!
Your Digital Dental Practice: Learn How to Engage Your Patients (Successfully) Online

27
Thurday
11:00am – 12:00pm

Speaker: Justin Mongroo

Fee: $35/person
Limit: 30

The internet has created a new level of “educated” patients who are more savvy about their dental options and how they research finding a dentist for themselves and their families. In this age of text messages and instant access to information, your patients now expect a personalized, fully responsive dental experience from the moment they start searching for your practice online, to the time they leave your office. Join Ruth Galpin of Demandforce as she discusses how your dental practice can successfully navigate the digital space and engage your patients online in a way that decreases your “no shows” and unconfirmed appointments, and keeps your chairs full with new patients who discovered you online. Then stop by to see Ruth at Booth 1001.

Reference Committee Hearing

27
Thursday
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Ballroom C – DeVos Place

Hear a review of the resolutions up for consideration by the House of Delegates.

Course #11HT

Human Trafficking Identification Training (SOLD OUT!)

27
Thursday
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Includes box lunch (ham, turkey or vegetarian).
SOLD OUT!
Fee: $60/DDS and dental team members

The Michigan law banning human trafficking took effect on Aug. 24, 2006, with various provisions strengthening the law occurring over the following years. In 2014, the Training for Medical Professionals provision was adopted requiring most medical professionals (including dentists) to become trained in identifying the signs of human trafficking. This training session meets the Michigan Board of Dentistry’s new licensing requirement — adopted Jan. 6, 2017 — for health care professionals to complete an identification training course.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the types and venues of human trafficking in the state of Michigan.
  • Identifying victims of human trafficking in health care settings.
  • Recognizing the warning signs of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and minors.
  • Resources for reporting the suspected victims of human trafficking.
Course #12

HOT TOPIC!
What You Need to Know about Credit Card Processing

27
Thursday
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Speaker: Brenna Remmick

Fee: $35/person
Limit: 30

As a practice owner you are also a business owner, and there are an overwhelming amount of items to check off your to-do list before you can run your office. Whether you take payment in the office or online, providing ways for your patients to pay for treatment is not always simple. Picking a payment processor to help confirm credit card transactions takes times.

Learning objectives:

  • understand what is a payment processor;
  • discover who is involved in payment processing;
  • learn what to do if you don’t take credit or debit cards;
  • discover what types of fees might you pay when using a payment processor;
  • understand how to read the statement with all those fees;
  • understand what is PCI compliance;
  • learn about compliance requirements; and
  • discover all of the EMV chip card technology options.

Learn what you need to know to set up easier payment options for your clients as well as provide an update on where the United States stands on its migration to chip card technology.

Course #13

Cone Beam Computed Tomography

27
Thursday
1:30pm – 4:30pm

Speaker: James Geist, DDS

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

This session will cover cone beam computed tomography. Discussion topics include the technology of CBCT and the strengths and weaknesses of this imaging system. The session will end with an interactive period in which cases are presented for the course participants to examine and formulate differential diagnoses.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the physical principles of CBCT;
  • learn the steps in the acquisition, reconstruction, and presentation of images;
  • recognize the inherent, procedure-related, and patient-related artifacts in CBCT scans;
  • know the indications and contraindications;
  • recognize important anatomic landmarks; and
  • practice the steps of interpretation and formulation of differential diagnoses.
Course #14

Communication Solutions: Attitudes, Breakdowns and Conflict Resolutions

27
Thursday
1:30pm – 4:30pm

Speaker: Judy Kay Mausolf

Fee: $69/person
Limit: 150

Discover how to elevate your communication to a level that inspires open communication, prevents breakdowns, resolves conflict and builds trust and respect resulting in a high performing team and patient relationships.

Learn the skills to communicate positively and effectively with different and even difficult personalities. Discover formats to hold positive, effective and efficient huddles and team meetings. Transform attitudes from toxic to tremendous and create a positive environment where everyone looks forward to coming to the office.

Learning objectives:

  • learn verbal skills to communicate effectively with difficult and different personalities;
  • learn steps to address and resolve conflict;
  • establish protocols that eliminate gossip;
  • identify behaviors that elevate trust and respect;
  • discover methods that turn toxic attitudes to tremendous;
  • determine behaviors that inspire a culture of appreciation and celebration; and
  • learn fundamentals for effective huddles and team meetings.

Sponsored by CareCredit.

Course #15

New Products: When Do I Make the Switch?

27
Thursday
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Dentistry has been inundated with new and improved materials over the past few years. The heated topics of universal bonding agents, bulk fill composites, and cements will be debated at length to help determine what material is a proper choice for several direct and indirect procedures.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the differences and indications for all generations of bonding agents;
  • properly utilize different types of bonding agents for any procedure of direct or indirect dentistry; and
  • determine the advantages and disadvantages of bulk fill resins for direct restorations.

Sponsored by Dentsply Sirona.

Course #16

Restorative Endodontics: A Modern Standard of Care for Long-Term Success Workshop

27
Thursday
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Attendees wishing to take this course must also take Dr. Abdenour's lecture (Course #9).

The principal scientific concepts for successful endodontics will be presented as well as new technology and techniques that emphasize responsible shaping and hydroxyapatite bonding inside the root canal.

All participants will have the opportunity to validate the concepts from the morning lecture during this hands-on session. Real World Endo® remains dedicated to the preservation of the natural dentition through smarter more thoughtful endodontics. This presentation is a must see for those practitioners committed to clinical efficiency without sacrificing quality care for their patients.

Learning objectives:

  • gain insight into the use of the new bioceramic materials in both surgical and non-surgical endodontic care;
  • become familiar with a novel and very efficient (drilless) post preparation technique; and
  • understand that endodontics and restorative dentistry are not separate entities — rather they are part of a larger continuum: The Endo-Restorative Continuum.

NOTE: Bring a file sample from your current rotary system to compare to ESX (a size 35 is ideal). In addition, any accessed, extracted teeth you may want to work on.

Sponsored by Real World Endo®.

Course #17

Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea in the Dental Office (Part II)

27
Thursday
1:30pm – 4:30pm

Speaker: John Nadeau

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89 (per session)
Limit: 100

The presentation will include an analysis of patients' symptoms and how to screen for them, scripts for an effective patient interview, how to motivate the dental team to engage their patient on the subject, the morphology of the airway, comorbidities to look out for, the effects to the systemic organs, the reimbursement strategy and insurance billing using dental and medical coding. This program can incorporate an interactive hands-on approach with the attendees changing roles as simulated patients and providers. All necessary diagnostic equipment and intra-oral sleep appliances for the attendees to work with will be provided. This is a unique practical and valuable course.

Learning objectives:

  • provide attendees with the knowledge of patient screening, diagnosis and treatment modalities for Obstructive Sleep Apnea;
  • enable the attendees to have a hands-on experience with OSA diagnostic equipment; and
  • encourage and enable the continuation of education in sleep dysfunction in order to provide service to the millions of sleep apnea sufferers.

Sponsored by Sleep Group Solutions.

Course #18

RDHs Need Laser Focus

27
Thursday
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89 (per session)
Limit: 100

The Diode laser has become the most commonly utilized laser in dentistry today. Diode lasers have many advantages over traditional surgical and therapeutic techniques including less pain, faster healing and new applications including bleaching and desensitizing teeth. Learn how to expand the scope of services offered when a laser is added to the practice!

Learning objectives:

  • why lasers as an adjunct to dental treatment;
  • basic laser physics/delivery system;
  • laser safety protocols and hazards and state requirements;
  • differences in lasers on the market (hard and soft tissue);
  • laser procedures and treatment parameters for periodontal disease/laser bacterial reduction;
  • tissue healing assessment and possibility of complications; and
  • discuss additional procedures including biostimulation/biomodulation, herpetic legion, apthous ulcer, bleaching, and tooth desensitizing.

Co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association.

Course #18A

Ask the Dental Benefits Administrator

27
Thursday
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Fee: FREE
Limit: 150

Questions about dental benefits plans are the most common questions we get at the Michigan Dental Association. With that in mind, we wanted to give the dental benefit plan administrators and MDA member dentists the opportunity to talk directly to each other. This three-hour session will have representatives from major plan administrators in the room to talk to dentists directly. Blue Cross, MCNA, and Dentaquest are all participating; Delta Dental declined. The plan administrators will do a short presentation and then the floor will be opened up to questions from the audience. Each plan administrator will have a separate block of time. Please come and take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Course #18HT

Human Trafficking Identification Training (SOLD OUT!)

27
Thursday
2:00pm - 3:00pm
SOLD OUT!
Fee: $35/DDS and dental team members

The Michigan law banning human trafficking took effect on Aug. 24, 2006, with various provisions strengthening the law occurring over the following years. In 2014, the Training for Medical Professionals provision was adopted requiring most medical professionals (including dentists) to become trained in identifying the signs of human trafficking. This training session meets the Michigan Board of Dentistry’s new licensing requirement — adopted Jan. 6, 2017 — for health care professionals to complete an identification training course.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the types and venues of human trafficking in the state of Michigan.
  • Identifying victims of human trafficking in health care settings.
  • Recognizing the warning signs of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and minors.
  • Resources for reporting the suspected victims of human trafficking.
Course #19

HOT TOPIC!
International Volunteer Dental Projects: What’s It All About Anyway? (SOLD OUT!)

27
Thursday
3:00pm – 5:00pm
SOLD OUT!

Speaker: Jack Levine, DDS

Fee: FREE
Limit: 30

This course is designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and other interested parties who want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of volunteering around the world or around the block. It is also useful for those with some volunteering experience looking for new ideas or just validation of what they are doing. Topics include the nature of volunteer activities, cross-cultural issues, comparison of service and teaching projects, how to get started either at home or abroad, the nuts and bolts of volunteering overseas or at home, and where to find these volunteer opportunities.

Learning objectives:

  • identify why they are interested in volunteering;
  • understand the importance of working within the context of the local community;
  • compare and contrast the nature of teaching and service projects with the advantage and disadvantage of each type;
  • outline the steps necessary to get started including needs assessment, goal setting and team assembly;
  • describe the nuts and bolts of volunteering including what to do and resources to support the project;
  • find volunteer projects and other sources of information; and
  • appreciate existing projects, both teaching and service, both in the United States and overseas.

MDA Welcome Reception

27
Thursday
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Halls B and C, DeVos Place

Everyone is invited! Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres along with a cash bar while touring the MDA Exhibit Hall featuring nearly 200 exhibitors.

University of Detroit Mercy Alumni Networking Reception

27
Thursday
5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Alumni Reception will take place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at the Reserve Wine & Food restaurant, located at 201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

American/International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Dinner

27
Thursday
6:00pm
Kent Country Club

The dinner will be held Thursday, April 27 at Kent Country Club. A reception will take place at 6 p.m., with dinner and entertainment set for 7 p.m. Watch your mail for more details or contact Dr. Norm Palm.

MDA FoundationDonor/Recipient Thank You Reception

27
Thursday
6:30pm - 9pm

This lively event welcomes all Annual Session attendees to connect with the mission of the Foundation through an enjoyable and interactive evening of discovery.

Enjoy food, folly and meet donors who are creating larger community impact each year and the scholarship and grant recipients who benefit.

This is not an average reception, be prepared for plenty of laughter, genuine connections and lighthearted pleasure! RSVP your attendance BY March 24 to the Foundation at Foundation@michigandental.org; or call 800-589-2632.

American College of Dentists Breakfast

28
Friday
TBD
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

The breakfast will take place Friday, April 28 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for room location. For more information on the ACD breakfast, contact Dr. Sherill Behnke at 517-332-8663.

International College of Dentists Breakfast

28
Friday
TBA

The breakfast will take place Friday, April 28 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for the time and room location. Contact Dr. Steve Sulfaro at 248-568-9841 for more information or to make your reservation. Spouses and guests of members and ICD candidates are all invited.

Course #20

NEW DENTIST TRACK
Pearls of Wisdom New Dentists Want to Know (a.m.)
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: A Focus on Risk Assessment (p.m.)
Evaluation/Managing Soft Tissue Architecture for Optimal Esthetics (p.m.)

28
Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Fee: DDS $209 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Limit: 150

NOTE: Course track designed for dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago.

Morning Course

Designed for new dentists and dental students — this course offers an entertaining and informative look at the ever changing world of private practice dentistry. Drawing from Dr. Simon’s 30 plus years’ experience in practice ownership which has included multiple fee-for-service and Medicaid practices, moves, build outs, space-sharing, practice acquisition, associates and a recovery from a major office fire.

Course attendees will learn practice ownership and management principles, what to look for in an associateship, office design and build out concepts and guidance with HR and communication matters.

This course also highlights some of the unexpected things, both clinical and administrative, that a new dentist may encounter along the way. Attendees will appreciate the pearls of wisdom shared and common mistakes avoided when they apply to Dr. Simon’s lessons and position themselves for a successful career in dentistry.

Afternoon Courses

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning – A Focus on Risk Assessment

Formulating treatment decisions based on what is truly important to the long-term success of treatment can at times be daunting. Striving to eliminate the weak links to long-term success helps to establish priorities when making treatment planning decisions. Patients need to understand their own susceptibility or risk to disease and secondarily how treatment can mitigate but perhaps not eliminate future risk. In this way we can help patients understand the importance of addressing parameters such as periodontal disease or functional concerns which are not currently impacting their lives, but could eventually impact treatment success.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how risk assessment influences prognosis.
  • Learn to blend esthetic, functional, periodontal and biomechanical considerations when treatment planning.
  • Understand the mechanisms of reducing vs. managing risk.

Evaluation and Managing Soft Tissue Architecture for Optimal Esthetics

An esthetic treatment plan often calls for alteration of gingival contours for optimal results. In the majority of cases the restorative dentist, with proper diagnosis and treatment planning, and orthodontic and surgical training, can successfully provide the required gingival alteration. Providing this care allows the restorative dentist to refine his or her diagnostic skills, maintain greater control over treatment and increase patient satisfaction. By learning to manage the periodontal/restorative interface you can predictably take your esthetic dentistry from acceptable to exceptional.

Learning objectives:

  • learn the esthetic and morphologic factors that influence ideal gingival architecture;
  • understand the indications and contraindications for the various methods of altering gingival architecture; and
  • learn the instrumentation and techniques, for altering gingival architecture.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Course #21

How to Prevent and Treat Caries in Primary and Young Permanent Teeth - Part I

28
Friday
8:00am - 11:00am
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89 (per session)
Limit: Limit 100

This fast-paced and informative course features practical information for any practice that treats children. The most current information, based on sound science, will be presented so that you can provide the best care to your patients.

The science regarding prevention is changing rapidly. You will learn which topical fluoride is most effective, how to maximize sealant retention, and when children should begin using fluoridated toothpaste. We will discuss how and when Silver Diamine Fluoride should be used. Learn about the bacteria that cause caries, the protective role of saliva, chemotherapeutic agents, chair side diagnostic tools and the consumer products that prevent enamel demineralization and promote enamel remineralization. Tooth colored dental materials including glass ionomer cements, resin-modified glass ionomer cements, composites and zirconia crowns have revolutionized restorative care for children. We review the advantages and disadvantages and indications for each material so you can select the best material for any clinical situation. Much has changed in recent years regarding pulp therapy for primary and young permanent teeth. We review the indications, and provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete indirect pulp caps, pulpotomies using Mineral Trioxide Aggregate and pulpectomies.

Learning objectives:

  • know which topical fluoride is most effective;
  • know when children should begin brushing with fluoridated toothpaste;
  • understand how to manage non-cavitated pit and fissure lesions;
  • learn how to maximize sealant retention;
  • learn the most appropriate restorative material for any clinical situation; and
  • understand how to manage primary and young permanent teeth that require pulp therapy.

This course is appropriate for dentists, hygienists and assistants.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance, MDA Services, and Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Course #22

Occlusion – Diagnosis Driven Management (SOLD OUT!)

28
Friday
8:00am - 11:00am
SOLD OUT!
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Have you ever wondered why a patient who faithfully wears a night guard still finds their teeth wearing and their restorations chipping? Why do some people have wear on both their anterior and posterior teeth and other people just exhibit wear on their anterior teeth and the posterior teeth remain unchanged? Why some areas of wear flat and other areas involve cupping of the dentin? This course will address these questions and more. By discussing the functional diagnoses which every dentist should be familiar and the different treatment approaches that are required in order to assure long term success dentists will become better equipped to incorporate occlusion into their diagnosis and treatment protocols.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the various functional diagnoses and how they relate to risk and prognosis;
  • learn treatment approaches that manage or reduce functional risk and improve long term prognosis; and
  • recognize the variety of factors that contribute to tooth wear.
Course #23

Diabetes: The Disease, Drugs, and the Dental Patient

28
Friday
8:00am - 11:00am

Speaker: Sanjay Chand, MD

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • discuss the manifestations and epidemiology of diabetes;
  • define diabetes and differentiate between each type;
  • describe the signs and symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus;
  • identify the risk factors and systemic complications of diabetes;
  • discuss the oral complications and management considerations for the dental patient with diabetes;
  • discuss oral pathologies involved in a patient with diabetes;
  • discuss the potential consequences of uncontrolled diabetes on oral health; and
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and discuss guidelines for management of this condition.
Course #24

Finding Your "Conversation Peace" (SOLD OUT!)

28
Friday
8:00am - 11:00am
SOLD OUT!

Speaker: Dr. Jody Janati

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Learn 101 things to "say and do" during difficult interactions. Maintain your personal integrity through effective communication strategies that really work. Participants will learn step by step responses to transform difficult conversations. Multiple techniques will be discussed to ensure you can find your voice, maintain wholeness, and go unimpaired while engaging others during difficult interactions. Be cool, calm and collected and set healthy boundaries with others and ultimately find your "Conversation Peace."

Learning objectives:

  • learn to use assertive communication as a fair and reasonable response;
  • make use of effective assertion models: 101 Things to Say and Do During Difficult Interactions and the Step by Step Guide to Effective Techniques; and
  • identify the imbalance of passive, aggressive, and passive/aggressive communication.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Course #25

OFFICE MANAGER TRACK
Abra-Code-Dabra: Understanding the Medical Code Sets and the Steps to Successful Cross Coding

28
Friday
8:00am - 11:00am

Speaker: Marianne Harper

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Cross Coding to medical insurance can be a daunting implementation. Abra-Code-Dabra is the course needed to help ease the transition. Detailed information will be provided as to the use of the medical code sets, how to accurately complete a medical claim form, and the roles of the business office staff when cross coding. Don’t miss this well-acclaimed course that will provide the information necessary to successfully master cross coding to medical.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Course #26

Have Your Dentist Saying:
"I Have the Best Hygienist Ever" and You Saying "I Work in the Best Office Ever"

28
Friday
8:00am - 11:00am
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Dental hygienists don’t "just clean teeth". They are an invaluable member of the dental team and have a very positive impact on office production.  In addition, when hygienists are utilized to their potential, dental hygiene can be a fun, interesting and rewarding career. Topics to be discussed include patient communication; advances in technology; treatment planning; caries management, including sealants; and tooth whitening.

Learning objectives:

  • improving practice profitability through communication, caries management, using new technology, aiding in treatment planning and strategic scheduling;
  • understanding that caries management programs do not have to be complicated and time-consuming;
  • identifying dental and restorative materials and techniques that offer favorable long-term outcomes; and
  • rejuvenating your career!

Co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association.

Course #27

HOT TOPIC!
The 7 Pillars of Modern Practice Marketing (SOLD OUT!)

28
Friday
8:30am - 9:30am
SOLD OUT!

Speaker: Mike Sula, Officite

Fee: $35/person
Limit: 30

Today’s most successful dentists know that word of mouth can only take you so far. For the best results, word of mouth must be combined with a smart online marketing solution. This session will cover seven of the most important practice marketing methods, including websites, online reviews, and the Google results page.

Learning objectives:

  • cover the marketing strategies every practice should already have in place;
  • examine the most effective ways to attract new patients, primarily online; and
  • show you how to make every part of the process as easy and painless as possible.
Course #28

Maintaining Your Sanity and Practice Viability as a Medicaid Provider

28
Friday
8:30AM – 10:30am

Speaker #1: Dr. Sidney Whitman
Speaker #2: Dr. Allen Finkelstein
Speaker #3: Dr. Charles Czerepak
Speaker #4: Dr. Steve Geiermann

Fee: FREE
Limit: 500

Despite misconceptions and fears associated with being a Medicaid provider, treating this population can be rewarding and not cut adversely into your bottom line. Members of the ADA’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relation’s Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee will share insights, opportunities and challenges regarding program integrity, compliance, fraud, advocacy and how better to safeguard your practice while providing care to this growing population. Special emphasis will be given to the importance of proper documentation of medical necessity.

Table Clinics

28
Friday
10:00am - 2:00pm
Halls B and C, DeVos Place

Check out a Table Clinic in the back of the MDA Exhibit Hall. Earn FREE continuing education credit when you attend four or more 15-minute presentations. See the listing of all table clinics in the Annual Session Official Program.

Co-sponsored by AppRiver and Carr Healthcare Realty.

Course #29

HOT TOPIC!
HR Issues: What’s Hot? What’s Not?

28
Friday
10:00am - 11:00am

Speaker: Brandy Ryan, MDA Director of HR

Fee: $35/person
Limit: 30

What human resources issues keep you up at night? This course will answer all your questions about the hottest HR issues in the dental profession today. Bring your questions and get the answers you need.

Course #30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Leading at Mach 2

28
Friday
11:15am - 12:00pm
Fee: FREE! (Registration is required.)
Limit: 599

There are many companies with great people and great strategies in the business world today. Ultimately the difference between the winners and the “also rans” comes down to execution. During this interactive, multi-media keynote speech, “AB” will share the tools that fighter squadrons use to make sure that we are aligned, flying in formation and executing at the highest level every single time we fly. This highly motivating and inspiring keynote will equip your team with simple actionable tools that they can apply the very next day to improve execution and drive better results as individuals and as a team. If you are pursuing a path of Executional Excellence, this session will reinforce your messaging and provide a fresh perspective on why Execution truly matters in every business. and provide a fresh perspective on why Execution truly matters in every business.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

University of Michigan Alumni Lunch

28
Friday
11:30am - 1:30pm
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

The lunch will take place Friday, April 28 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for the room location.

Course #31

MDA Free Speak (SOLD OUT!)

28
Friday
12:00pm - 1:00pm
SOLD OUT!

Speaker: Staff of Dr. Alan Mead

Fee: FREE
Limit: 100

Last year’s MDA Free Speak program helped attendees understand what addiction is and how it could happen to anyone — even dentists. But what about the dental team? How does it affect them working with a doctor struggling with addiction?

This year’s program features the team members of Dr. Alan Mead, who told his story last year. You’ll hear about the day-to-day struggle that his team experienced while he was still in active addiction. What did they see? What did they do?

Most importantly, they’ll explain what the recovery process was like for them and they will help explain what to look for and what they might do now that they’ve experienced the whole process.

This year, we’re taking Free Speak to even greater heights! Registrants will receive 1 FREE CE credit as well as a chance to win some new wireless earbuds. You’ll learn more about what the MDA Care and Well-Being committee can do to help dental teams struggling with addiction and how we can help the whole team become better and stronger through recovery!

Course #32

Peer Review/Dental Care Workshop

28
Friday
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Fee: FREE (For Peer Review Committee members only.) - FREE (By Invitation Only)

The workshop will be geared to educating local peer review committee members in the peer review process, as well as reviewing specific issues the state committee is seeing, and looking ahead at key areas where questions continue to arise. Component and specialty peer reviewers should bring their challenging cases for feedback, as well as ongoing issues they are experiencing as they work toward resolving cases.

Three hours of continuing education credit will be given. Box lunches will be available at noon for pre-registered attendees only. This course is limited to MDA members who are active peer review volunteers in the component and specialty dental societies.

MDA Past President’s Luncheon

28
Friday
12:30pm - 1:30pm

The lunch will take place Friday, April 28 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for the room location.

Course #33

Executing at Mach 2: A Fighter Pilot’s Tools To Recognize and Eliminate Clutter In Your Cockpit

28
Friday
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

During this multimedia presentation, “AB” will do a quick review of the concepts he covered in the morning and then dive into a subject that is near and dear to all of our hearts — “clutter.” In aviation and in business, clutter is a silent killer. “AB” will talk about how fighter pilots are able to fly their jets at 100 feet above the ground and speeds of more than 500 miles per hour and stay focused on their primary jobs of putting weapons on target without running their jets “into the dirt” while still juggling the myriad tasks they need to process in order to be effective on their mission. He will then show you how you can use the same tools and techniques to stay focused on your primary responsibilities like hitting your numbers or providing outstanding patient care, while still juggling the phone calls, emails, multiple meetings and personal issues that provide clutter in all of our cockpits and can easily cause you to fly your business into the ground.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Course #34

Infection Control and Infectious Diseases in Dentistry (SOLD OUT!)

28
Friday
2:00pm – 5:00pm
SOLD OUT!

Speaker: Sanjay Chand, MD

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • understand the current infection control recommendations and Michigan OSHA regulatory guidelines for the dental office;
  • implement practical and effective infection control measures;
  • choose appropriate personal protective equipment and maintain a safe workplace environment;
  • set up and review infection control practices in the office;
  • understand the current vaccination recommendations for dental health care providers; and
  • understand common infectious diseases that may impact the dental practice.
Course #35

OFFICE MANAGER TRACK
Professional Acumen for Dental Office Managers

28
Friday
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Jody Janati

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Most professionals are faced with difficult interactions where their integrity can be compromised. Explore how to effectively communicate, especially when functioning in the role of a group facilitator or leader. Leading with your assertive voice allows you to be clear and concise across diverse audiences while maintaining a professional tone. You will learn how to balance your personal appeals and better understand how to structure a message that best suits your communication style. Step by step methods for dealing with intense conversations and correcting broken relationships will also be discussed.

Learning objectives:

  • learn how to communicate in your most effective assertive tone;
  • understand how to best frame/outline and deliver a message for an intended audience;
  • apply professional responses that are free from excuses and other disconfirming messages; and
  • learn how to set healthy boundaries, deliver bad news, say no, foster accountability and manage another’s expression of anger.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.
Co-promoted by the Michigan Dental Assistants Association.

Course #36

Cross Coding to Medical: The Answers for Dentists

28
Friday
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Speaker: Marianne Harper

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

This course will provide the blueprint for dentists to follow with regard to their role in cross coding. Successful cross coding requires dentists to play at least a partial role in its successful implementation. Dentists will learn about diagnosis coding as well as be provided with great detail on documentation guidelines that must be followed to be successful in cross coding. In addition, steps to implementation will be discussed to help dentists initiate cross coding in their practices, as well as helpful resources in that implementation. Dentists who attend this course will be well prepared to begin cross coding.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Course #37

Periodontal Disease:
Classification and Non-Surgical Treatment for the Registered Dental Hygienist

28
Friday
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

This course will list, describe and differentiate the various periodontal diseases according to the classification system established by the American Academy of Periodontology.

Learning objectives:

  • explain various clinical decisions regarding the selection of advanced periodontal instrumentation for the natural dentition as well as for the implant patient;
  • discuss the limitations of calculus removal and the expectations for clinical proficiency;
  • explain the rationale and appropriate usage of locally delivered chemotherapeutic agents currently available; and
  • discuss the need to examine the literature and evidence for application of non-surgical periodontal therapy.

NOTE: This course does not cover the subject area of laser treatment.

Co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Course #38

What Dentists Want to Know About Marketing, New Technology and Partnering with Specialists

28
Friday
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Speaker: Bill Simon, DMD

Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89
Limit: 100

Designed for General Dentists and Dental Team Members – this course offers an entertaining and informative look at the ever changing world of private practice dentistry. Drawing from Dr. Simon’s 30-plus years’ experience in practice ownership which has included multiple fee-for-service and Medicaid practices, moves, build outs, space-sharing, practice acquisition, associates and a recovery from a major office fire.

Course attendees will learn — current Marketing trends, strategies and tips, Technology choices, assessment and valuation and guidance on Partnering with Specialists.

Attendees will appreciate the pearls of wisdom shared and common mistakes avoided when they apply to Dr. Simon’s lessons and position themselves for a successful career in dentistry.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Course #39

How to Prevent and Treat Caries in Primary and Young Permanent Teeth - Part II

28
Friday
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Fee: DDS $159; Staff $89 (per session)
Limit: 100

This fast-paced and informative course features practical information for any practice that treats children. The most current information, based on sound science, will be presented so that you can provide the best care to your patients.

The science regarding prevention is changing rapidly. You will learn which topical fluoride is most effective, how to maximize sealant retention, and when children should begin using fluoridated toothpaste. We will discuss how and when Silver Diamine Fluoride should be used. Learn about the bacteria that cause caries, the protective role of saliva, chemotherapeutic agents, chair side diagnostic tools and the consumer products that prevent enamel demineralization and promote enamel remineralization. Tooth colored dental materials including glass ionomer cements, resin-modified glass ionomer cements, composites and zirconia crowns have revolutionized restorative care for children. We review the advantages and disadvantages and indications for each material so you can select the best material for any clinical situation. Much has changed in recent years regarding pulp therapy for primary and young permanent teeth. We review the indications, and provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete indirect pulp caps, pulpotomies using Mineral Trioxide Aggregate and pulpectomies.

Learning objectives:

  • know which topical fluoride is most effective;
  • know when children should begin brushing with fluoridated toothpaste;
  • understand how to manage non-cavitated pit and fissure lesions;
  • learn how to maximize sealant retention;
  • learn the most appropriate restorative material for any clinical situation; and
  • understand how to manage primary and young permanent teeth that require pulp therapy.

This course is appropriate for dentists, hygienists and assistants.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance, MDA Services, and Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Course #40

HOT TOPIC!
Considering Practice Ownership?

28
Friday
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Speaker: Doug Sellan and Jeff Cormell, Bank of America Practice Solutions

Fee: $35/person
Limit: 30

This seminar has been designed to address concerns of both new doctors looking to start a practice from scratch or purchase an existing practice and established doctors looking to sell an existing practice. Join us in an intimate setting where you will have the opportunity to discuss the various aspects of practice ownership with industry experts. This comprehensive seminar will cover everything you’ll need to know to start or purchase your new practice, run your business successfully, and plan for your future as a dental practice owner. Ask yourself the following questions: Are you considering opening a new dental office? Are you considering relocating or remodeling your office, but don’t know where to begin? Would you like to know if you can afford to buy commercial real estate and a dental office?  This course will answer all of your questions.

Learning objectives:

  • learn how early planning can lead to a successful practice;
  • determine whether to purchase an existing dental practice or start a new one;
  • understand practice financing options, develop a business plan and identify the best location for your practice.;
  • avoid the pitfalls of buying or selling a practice in today’s market; and
  • finance your practice purchase or start-up.

MDA Endorsed-Aisle Reception

28
Friday
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Halls B and C, DeVos Place

Everyone is invited! Complimentary beer, wine and soda will be offered. Get your tickets at and MDA Endorsed Services booth in the Endorsed Aisle (Booths 1001-1006 and 1101-1106) located immediately inside the entrance of the exhibits.

Course #41

Come Together! 2017 Annual Session Celebration

28
Friday
6:00pm - 11:00pm
Reception and Show at DeVos Place and Performance Hall
Fee: $109/person (includes reception, show ticket and afterglow) $39/person (includes reception only)

6 - 7:45 p.m. (Reception)
8 – 10:15 p.m. (Show)
10:15 - 11 p.m. (Afterglow)

Celebrate the Profession: Share Some Fun with Your Friends and Colleagues!

Everyone is invited to join MDA President Dr. Larry DeGroat at this conference-wide celebration. Come together with your friends and colleagues to enjoy good food, drinks and experience amazing entertainment. The timeless music of the Beatles will have you dancing in your seat and singing out loud. Don’t miss what will sure to be a memorable experience. The evening kicks off with a reception featuring hearty hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, the show, and an afterglow reception featuring dessert and cordials.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance.

About the Show

Beatlemania is back for a Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The show features original members of the Broadway sensation Beatlemania performing 2 hours of non-stop Beatles hits. Hear Penny Lane, I Am the Walrus, The Long and Winding Road, and more - all performed exactly as they were originally recorded. The Los Angeles Times calls the show "more than just an incredible simulation." If you like The Beatles, you will LOVE "Classical Mystery Tour" in concert.

Course #41-A

Come Together! 2017 Annual Session Celebration (Reception Only)

28
Friday
6:00pm - 7:45pm
Reception at DeVos Place
Fee: $39/person (reception only)

Celebrate the Profession: Share Some Fun with Your Friends and Colleagues!

Everyone is invited to join MDA President Dr. Larry DeGroat at this conference-wide celebration. Come together with your friends and colleagues for the pre-show reception and enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Course #20A

New Dentist Network Lounge

28
Friday
6pm - 9pm
Founders Brewery
Fee: FREE for New Dentist Track Attendees; $35/all others
Limit: Limited to first 100 people.

The MDA New Dentist Committee is presenting the New Dentist Network Lounge, a social/networking event at Founders Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids.

Admission is free to dentists attending the New Dentist Track courses. All others are welcome to attend for the nominal fee of $25/person. Tickets are required for admission to the event, which includes plenty of food items, and beverages. Meet other new dentists, make friends, share ideas, network and have fun! There will be no continuing education program – just the chance to meet other new dentists, make friends, share ideas, network, and have fun!

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance, MDA Services and the ADA.

MDA Foundation Annual Session/Dr. Don Smith Car Raffle

28
Friday
TBA
Halls B and C, DeVos Place

Join the excitement of the Michigan Dental Association Foundation’s 2017 Annual Session Raffle, with your choice of $10,000 cash or a new car lease! With only 400 raffle tickets are available, your odds of winning are great. Raffle License #R41000.

To register or make a donation, email the MDA Foundation or call 800-589-2632.

Super Saver Saturday Is Back!

29
Saturday
7am - 4:30pm

All CE course fees are reduced for all attendees on Saturday, April 29. And, non-member dentists can attend any Saturday course at the member dentist price.

Pierre Fauchard Academy Breakfast

29
Saturday
TBA
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

The breakfast will take place Saturday, April 29 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for room location and time. You can contact Dr. Patricia Boyle at 313-565-5104 for more information or to make your reservation.

District Caucus Meetings

29
Saturday
TBA
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

District caucus meetings will be held at various rooms at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Check the Annual Session Official Program for exact times and locations.

Course #42

Patient Safety is Our Priority

29
Saturday
8:30am – 12:00pm

Speaker #1: Norbert Kaminski, DDS
Speaker #2: Robert Bosack, DDS

Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 150

Special joint program with the Michigan Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Michigan Dental Association

This course will provide you with the latest guidelines on the requirements for safe administration of sedation in the dental setting. Conscious sedation modalities for general dentists as defined by the Michigan Board of Dentistry, as well as IV anesthesia practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery will be reviewed.

Learning objectives:

  • conscious sedation in general practice;
  • emergency preparedness, patient assessment and risk classification;
  • airway management and mortality causes; and
  • IV deep sedation/general anesthesia and patient assessment in the OMS office.

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

Sponsored by the Michigan Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Course #43

Aging: How You Age and What You Can Do About It and Silent Inflammation: the Smoldering Fire

29
Saturday
8:30am – 11:30am
Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

To age or not to age. That is not the question. Like it or not, you are going to age. The question each of us must address is how rapidly and how well we will age. It took thousands of years for humans to add just a few years to their life expectancy.

Learning objectives:

  • explore the evolution and the major mechanisms influencing human life expectancy;
  • natural aging vs. premature aging; and
  • what you (and your patients) can do today to age well and at a more natural (slower) rate.

The study of silent inflammation has evolved very rapidly, overturning much of what we learned in our medical training about the origins of diseases as diverse as atherosclerosis, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. As it turns out, most diseases of premature aging have their roots in silent inflammation, and by addressing the root causes of silent inflammation most aging-related diseases can be prevented, delayed, better managed, or even reversed.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Course #44

The Ailing and Failing Dental Implant: Principles of Dental Implant Treatment Planning and Restoration to Prevent Complications

29
Saturday
8:30am - 11:30am
Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

Dental implants have become an integral and necessary part of everyday dental practice. They have evolved from being anchors for mandibular complete dentures to very esthetic single and multiple tooth prostheses. Patients are becoming educated as to the benefits of implants and are requesting and demanding them over other alternatives. With more and more implants present in the patient population, this unfortunately can lead to mechanical and/or soft tissue complications. This presentation will explain the keys to diagnosing implant complications and methods of preventing and treating them.

Learning objectives:

  • understand how to diagnose implant complications as a result of treatment planning, spacing, cement retention, soft tissue and mechanical aspects;
  • understand how to prevent implant complications through improved treatment planning, spacing, cement selection, restoration design and occlusion and hygiene maintenance. This will help reduce the number of remakes which are usually at no charge, thus making your implant treatment more profitable, predictable and resulting in a satisfied patient; and
  • review individual cases to show how complications can arise due to issues with treatment planning, mechanical design, soft tissues, spacing, cement retention, oral hygiene, and hygiene maintenance.

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

Course #45

Systematic Reviews of TMD Diagnosis and Therapies

29
Saturday
8:30am - 11:30am

Speaker: Ghabi Kaspo, DDS

Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69 (per session)
Limit: 100

Recent systematic reviews have led to significant progress in encouraging evidence-based diagnosis and management of TMD and orofacial pain. This presentation will review the most current research and evidence regarding treatment strategies for these disorders. Innovations that will be presented to improve diagnosis and treatment outcome and include systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials, research on decision trees to treat muscle and joint disorders, predictors of outcome, and strategies for personalized care ranging from self-care and pharmacology to physical medicine treatment, splints, and interdisciplinary team management. It is hoped that this lecture will provide the clinician an evidence-based and practical approach for successful management of TMD and orofacial pain.

Learning objectives:

  • discuss the rationale and methods for evidence-based care and conducting systematic reviews;
  • review the literature on RCTs for reversible TMD treatments including splints, medication, behavioral therapy, and physical medicine modalities;
  • understand how to integrate the results of systematic reviews of TMD therapies into clinical practice; and
  • understanding Selective Imaging of the TM joints.

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

Course #46

Record it Right the First Time

29
Saturday
8:30am - 11:30am

Speaker: Dan Schulte, JD

Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

Proper dental record keeping is essential in the dental office for liability protection and claims audit purposes.  This course will cover both the basics of dental record keeping from a business/operational perspective and how dental records are used in defense of a malpractice or peer review claim.  Recommended recordkeeping procedures will be shared as well as observed recordkeeping failures that should be avoided so that your dental records position you favorably for a successful defense if yourself in one of these situations.

Course #47

Understanding Bleeding Disorders

29
Saturday
8:30am - 11:30am
Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

Whether your patient has an inherited bleeding disorder, a secondary bleeding problem, or a bleeding abnormality, it’s easier to treat this population than you think. In this course, we’ll cover bleeding disorders such as Hemophilia A and B, von Willebrand disease, and the platelet dense granule deficiency, as well as discuss some side effects that can lead to increased bleeding. You’ll learn tips and treatments that will help you see these patients without the stress and liability you might think comes with accepting them. We’ll go over everything from the health history interview to the hemostasis of a bleed, and we’ll even explain how to navigate insurance for more successful reimbursement. With a team approach, some basic understanding, and a simple armamentarium, you can easily treat these patients in your practice.

Learning objectives:

  • establishment of office protocols;
  • differentiate between different bleeding disorders;
  • understand how to treat patients that bleed; and
  • optimize the patient’s dental insurance.

Co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association.

Course #48

Cardiac Resuscitation Training (CPR) (BCLS)

29
Saturday
9:00am - 11:00am
Fee: $95 DDS and Staff
Limit: 50

This emergency planning and response offering is designed specifically for today’s dental office. It meets the requirements for Basic Life Support renewal for two years from the American Heart Association. This program meets Michigan’s current mandatory continuing education CPR requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • recognizing emergency situations,
  • verbalizing and demonstrating three key components of an emergency response plan, for cardiac/respiratory emergencies requiring rescue breathing and/or CPR and automated external defibrillators;
  • responding and delegating appropriate actions to staff and/or others to initiate CPR and early defibrillation; and
  • learning key motor skills required for ECC response and resuscitation.

NOTE: This course meets the Michigan Board of Dentistry’s requirement for dentists, degistered dental hygienists and registered dental assistants.

MDA House of Delegates: Second Meeting

29
Saturday
1:00pm -2:00pm
Ballroom C – DeVos Place

The second meeting of the House of Delegates will feature the election of MDA trustees, officers and MDA delegates/alternates, reports from the Michigan Dental Association Foundation, MDA Dental PAC, MDA Insurance & Financial Group, voting on any resolutions, and the installation of officers and new trustees.

NOTE: The House of Delegates has no official end time and will run until the conclusion of business.

Course #49

Systemic Effects of the Traveling Oral Microbiome and Periodontal Treatment

29
Saturday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

Novel technology and superfast computers are enabling exploration of the oral microbiome, the collective population of the oral cavity of bacteria, virus, fungi, and archae. The crucial importance of the mutual effects of the oral microbiome and the rest of the body is drawing increasing attention by researchers, clinicians, and the public alike.

This presentation will provide an overview of the scientific evidence for characteristics of the oral microbiome and the consequences for the rest of the body when its members travel and colonize remote locations. Evidence for systemic effects of antibiotics use will be described, along with current guidelines for their prophylactic use prior to invasive dental procedures. Research designs and the strength of the evidence possible to derive from them will be briefly described. Moreover, the importance of using standard case definitions for periodontitis surveillance will be described.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the fluctuating nature of human oral microbiome;
  • know the current guidelines for prophylactic use of antibiotics;
  • understand the systemic effects of antibiotics;
  • be familiar with the mechanisms underlying the oral-general health links;
  • understand the status of the current scientific evidence for the relationships between the health of the mouth and the rest of the body;
  • be familiar with the current evidence for the effect of periodontal treatment on various systemic diseases;
  • understand different research designs;
  • know the difference between “association” and “causality”; and
  • appreciate why it is so difficult to demonstrate causality between oral and general.

Co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Course #50

The Art of ‘Change Talk’ in Dentistry and IMAGINE: Making a Difference

29
Saturday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

Motivational interviewing results in statistically significant improvements in patient adherence to lifestyle behavior changes and improved clinical outcomes, as well as increased patient and provider satisfaction. This timely and very practical session provides dentists with essential new and practical interviewing and communication skills that can readily be incorporated into any dental practice setting. 

Learning objectives:

  • encouraging patient adherence to preventive recommendations and therapies;
  • implementing motivational interviewing (“change talk”) vs. the “directive” communication style;
  • providing a modern, evidence-based alternative to the outdated direct persuasion approach to changing patient behavior; and
  • resolving ambivalence and activating the patient’s own motivation for change.

Learn how the power of inspired leadership and teaching can help your staff and your patients achieve their best.

Course #51

The Ailing and Failing Dental Implant: Principles of Dental Implant Treatment Planning and Restoration to Prevent Complications (repeat of a.m. course)

29
Saturday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

Dental implants have become an integral and necessary part of everyday dental practice. They have evolved from being anchors for mandibular complete dentures to very esthetic single and multiple tooth prostheses. Patients are becoming educated as to the benefits of implants and are requesting and demanding them over other alternatives. With more and more implants present in the patient population, this unfortunately can lead to mechanical and/or soft tissue complications. This presentation will explain the keys to diagnosing implant complications and methods of preventing and treating them.

Learning objectives:

  • understand how to diagnose implant complications as a result of treatment planning, spacing, cement retention, soft tissue and mechanical aspects;
  • understand how to prevent implant complications through improved treatment planning, spacing, cement selection, restoration design and occlusion and hygiene maintenance. This will help reduce the number of remakes which are usually at no charge, thus making your implant treatment more profitable, predictable and resulting in a satisfied patient; and
  • review individual cases to show how complications can arise due to issues with treatment planning, mechanical design, soft tissues, spacing, cement retention, oral hygiene, and hygiene maintenance.

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

Course #52

Differential Diagnosis and Management of Complex Musculoskeletal Pain

29
Saturday
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Speaker: Ghabi Kaspo, DDS

Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69 (per session)
Limit: 100

Next to dental pain, musculoskeletal masticatory pain is considered the most frequent pain in the orofacial system. Over the last decade, better insight into the potential etiological factors was reached. Combined with reliable randomized clinical trials on treatment efficacy, a standard of reversible, noninvasive and conservative approaches has been reached. A majority of patients may now bridge the period that the body needs to reinstall equilibrium between inherent capacity and overloading, or to adapt in case of altered joint mechanics, for example.

Learning objectives:

  • become aware of sequence of data collection that facilitate arriving at a differential diagnosis;
  • understand the evolution that the fundamental scientific paradigms that support the knowledge and practice of modern medicine have undergone;
  • understand the concept of psychoneuroendocrine immune axis as the main processing, coordinating, and adapting system of human body;
  • describe the different clinical types of masticatory muscle pain;
  • understand how the central nervous system becomes an influencing factor in muscles pain; and
  • understand and utilize appropriate imaging protocol for various clinical situations in which orofacial pain is being investigated.

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

Course #53

HIPAA Compliance 2017

29
Saturday
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Speaker: Jennifer Cosey

Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

The Eagle Associates HIPAA seminar will demystify HIPAA compliance by using case examples from frequently encountered issues, practical tools, and explanations that are in plain language. The training is specifically designed for the practice setting, and includes methods entities can use to achieve compliance with various requirements. Practices and their staff members will come away with a greatly improved understanding of the requirements and their application.

Learning objectives:

  • administrative requirements (i.e., assigned responsibilities, record-keeping, recording, etc.);
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule requirements;
  • Breach Notification Rule requirements, including assessing potential breaches and documentation of process;
  • Security Rule requirements, including conducting a security risk analysis and meaningful use;
  • review of current Notice of Privacy Practices language;
  • business associate identification and agreements;
  • patient authorization for disclosure or release of information; and
  • patient right of access, requesting restrictions, and payment out-of-pocket in full.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Course #54

Hot Topics in Nutrition

29
Saturday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Fee: DDS $129; Staff $69
Limit: 100

You are what you eat, and we all know that includes oral health. Dental professionals have the power to provide factual information on food to patients. Nutrition experts in school, sports, and consumer myth-busting weigh in on buzz-worthy topics of the day.

Learning objectives:

  • learn how to convey the abundance of good news about school lunches;
  • discover how what you eat and when you eat it can impact sports performance; and
  • discover the truth about the foods you find in the grocery store.
Course #55

Cardiac Resuscitation Training (CPR) (BCLS)

29
Saturday
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Fee: $95 DDS and Staff
Limit: Limit 50/per session

This emergency planning and response offering is designed specifically for today’s dental office. It meets the requirements for Basic Life Support renewal for two years from the American Heart Association. This program meets Michigan’s current mandatory continuing education CPR requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • recognizing emergency situations;
  • verbalizing and demonstrating three key components of an emergency response plan, for cardiac/respiratory emergencies requiring rescue breathing and/or CPR and automated external defibrillators;
  • responding and delegating appropriate actions to staff and/or others to initiate CPR and early defibrillation; and
  • learning key motor skills required for ECC response and resuscitation.

NOTE: This course meets the Michigan Board of Dentistry’s requirement for dentists, registered dental hygienists and registered dental assistants.