Dental Assisting Speakers and Courses

Here are the first round of announced Dental Assisting courses at Dentsply Sirona World 2019. More to come!

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• Creating the Digital Workflow Practice Hands-On

  • Today’s generation loves technology and associates it with quality. Patients see the benefits of technology and appreciate how it improves improvement treatment comfort and efficiency. When digital technologies throughout the practice are accessed and used efficiently, often, and appropriately, patients can feel well cared for, educated, and respected. This course will take you through a new patient experience, touching on all the areas, from photography to voice activation, radiography to ultrasound technology, and digital scanning. It’s a course you don’t want to miss!

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to take great digital images for patient education, case acceptance and enhanced lab communication
  • Comprehensive overview of digital radiography and specific components of technique procedures from parallel techniques to open contacts, how to position sensors and the patient for better radiographs
  • Taking over the CEREC, the assistants role from software, design, milling, to treating the restoration

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  • Jean C. Ocasio is a national and international speaker that has captivated dental assistant with his knowledge and passion for dentistry. This entrepreneur has a bachelor in business administration and a Master degree in Healthcare Administration. Jean has been a part of the dental community for over 20 years. His career in the dental field began as a dental assistant in 2000 and was promoted to a Readiness and Productivity Petty Officer when he was assigned to the Diloranzo Triservice Dental Clinic at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. He continued to excel in dentistry as he practiced his craft in Orlando, Florida. He is currently the vice-president of the Academy of chairside assistant and the office manager of Advanced Esthetic Dentistry.

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• Creating Efficiency Expert

  • Level of Training: Intermediate
  • CE Eligible: Yes
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• Increasing Case Acceptance from Whitening to Restorative: Hands On

  • As clinical procedures in esthetic dentistry continue to expand and improve, the dental team’s role continues to evolve as well. As we connect with patients and understand their desires, it allows them to become more open and honest about their expectations. Increasing case acceptance is easy when the dental team knows what to ask and say. This course takes the team through a sequence of communication steps that can ultimately lead to cosmetic treatment requests.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to properly schedule new patients and orchestrate the appointment to gather esthetic, occlusal, biologic, and clinical information
  • Explain how to get patients more excited about their own dental health and esthetics and introduce treatment options
  • Discuss strategies for co-diagnosing, presenting treatment plans and increasing case acceptance

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  • LaShae Steele, CDA began her dental journey with Dr. Myles Preble in 2005 and has loved every minute! She since moved to North Carolina and joined the Supremia Team with Dr. Suh in 2008 and has grown leaps and bounds learning from each team member daily. LaShae received her CDA in 2008 from the DANB. Her favorite dental trainings have been through LVI, IACA, Invisalign, CPS and ACE. She has experience in all aspects of Dental Assisting, Treatment Coordinating, Office Managing, Professional Relations and Marketing.

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• Creating Efficiency Expert

  • Level of Training: Basic
  • CE Eligible: Yes
“ Esthetic Enhancements for Your Chairside Crowns from Single Tooth to Full Smile Design”

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• Creating Efficiency Expert

  • Although inventory control and ordering are essential practices of every dental office, few have been able to achieve an ideal balance between maintaining necessary inventory and curtailing overhead expenses; usually, they lack a system or protocol that can make these tasks run smoothly and cost-effectively. These revenue depleting situations occur because there is no inventory control or ordering system in place. Thus, it behooves dental practices to integrate and implement ordering protocols and systems that ensure the appropriate quantities of supplies are consistently available.

Learning Objectives

  • Know what percentage of operating costs is made up of dental supplies
  • Understand the current state of the practice’s ordering and inventory situation
  • Integrate new logical and efficient ordering and inventory systems into the practice

• Working With You is Killing Me (Panel Discussion with 3 Dentist and their Chairside Assistants)

  • Michael Jordan once said: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” A good team is never a coincidence. Working together requires a lot of work, both from the dentist and great dental assistant. Good teamwork requires some basics as well, such as open communication, clear vision, and clear group roles. Teams around the world differ by management and communication styles. That’s why it’s always good to do a research and learn from successful teams as they talk about what has worked and what hasn't. One of the main advantages of working with others is that you can benefit from the skills of others that you may not have yourself. Join three of today's leading teams (dentist/assistant) in an open discussion about working together as a team, how they have perfected their skills together and harnessed the power of synergy.

Learning Objectives

  • How to effectively communicate with patients, the doctor, and our coworkers
  • How to be open to suggestions and solutions to issues that may come up in the practice
  • How to have a good understanding of each other values, goals, talents and skills

• When Things Don't Go So Right: Becoming the Best Assist You Can Be

  • If there is nothing I have learned in my 26 years as a Chairside Assistant not all things go right in a dental practice. If we don't learn from our mistakes, how can we grow? From dental materials to clinical techniques. Mistakes, misunderstandings, and how as a team we grew to make sure that those instances don't happen again. Not every office is perfect, we would like to think we are, but we're not. Get ready to laugh, cry and make fun of your own practices. This is a course with panel discussion from other assistants surely not to miss!

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding mistakes can happen in any dental practice, it is how we learn, grow and correct them that counts. No matter how badly you screw things up, there's almost always a next time and a new chance to get things right
  • The thought process that led to a mistake? Was it a misunderstanding, circumstances, miscommunication, or just plain dropped the ball
  • Start to see where you might’ve gone wrong, and how to do things differently the next time a similar situation arises and learn from your mistakes

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  • Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA is a national and international speaker and published author of over 300 articles for various publications. She has been a practicing dental assistant for over 25 years and works for Dr. Robert Korman in Virginia Beach, VA. She has taught over 2,000 classes on dental assisting technique and over 60,000 dental assistants over the last 6 years alone. Shannon has taught at the Nash Institute, Dawson Academy and Spear Education, instructing through both lectures and hands-on programs. She has written over 300 articles in regards to Clinical Application and has a current column in Dental Product Reports for the team evaluation of dental products and materials. She has her own publication for dental assistants with a partnership of Schein Dental called "Side by Side". She has started one of the first online platforms designated for dental assistants called the Academy of Chairside Assisting. Shannon is an active member of the AACD and was the first auxiliary to sit on the AACD Board of Directors and was awarded the Rising Star Award. Shannon has also been recognized as one of Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians for the last 10 years, Dental Products Report 25 most influential women in dentistry, the Lucy Hobbs Award, Sunstar Butler achievement award and Dr. Bicuspid’s Dental Assistant Educator of the year.

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• Creating Efficiency Expert

  • Level of Training: Basic
  • CE Eligible: Yes
  • Target Audience: Team Training

• Working With You is Killing Me (Panel Discussion with 3 Dentist and their Chairside Assistants)

  • Level of Training: Basic
  • CE Eligible: No

• When Things Don't Go So Right: Becoming the Best Assist You Can Be

  • Level of Training: Basic
  • CE Eligible: No
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• Proper Isolation for Restorative Needs: Hands On

  • With today’s heightened awareness of infection control, patient safety, and technique sensitive dental materials, meticulous operative field isolation is mandatory. Today the rubber dam is the standard of care for isolation during restorative procedures and should be employed whenever possible. Once the teeth are isolated for any proper restoration, we also must not forget about tissue management. This management begins with rapid profound knowledge of hemostasis. For every restoration— direct or indirect—controlling hemostasis is necessary.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to place rubber dam for every procedure
  • Explain when to use cord, retraction paste, dental lasers, or a combination
  • Understand various retraction devices and isolation techniques for various dental procedures

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  • Susie Tschetter has more than 20 years’ experience in dentistry and is a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), as well as a Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator (CDPMA). Susie has assisted in all aspects of general and specialty dentistry from chairside to the front desk to the dental laboratory. She has ten years experience assisting in an orthodontic practice which incorporated Invisalign. Susie currently works as a chairside assistant for McCook County Dental with Dr. Mary Langrock in Salem, South Dakota. Susie has shared her dental knowledge through teaching the Dental Assisting Apprenticeship for 5 years at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Passionately dedicated to providing dental health to all, Susie volunteers with ServingHIM (Healthcare International Ministries) and, since 1998, has served on over twenty five international mission trips to Russia, Romania, Nigeria, Moldova, India, Cambodia, Indonesia and China. Susie has spoken about dental assisting at numerous educational events which promote careers in health care to students such as Scrubs Camp, Women In Science, and city wide Career Days. She is an Oral Health Advocate for the South Dakota Department of Health and has worked hand in hand with the SD Oral Health Coalition to put out the first ever Oral Health Plan for the state of South Dakota.

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  • Level of Training: Basic
  • CE Eligible: No
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• Restorative Assisting

  • The ideal chairside dental assistant must be current and knowledgeable in materials science and be proficient in the various step-by-step procedures that are now required to deliver state-of –the art dentistry to the patient. Increase your artistic skill and satisfaction by learning about materials and techniques that can help deliver to the patient the best dentistry has to offer! This is one comprehensive course that every dental assistant needs to attend!

Learning Objectives

  • What constitutes a perfect master impression: Hemostatic solutions, cord selection and laser
  • How exquisite provisional restorations serve as an anatomic (functional) and esthetic blueprint for the laboratory and lab communications

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  • Tomas Saucedo, nationally recognized dental assistant trainer for 6 years and has worked in dentistry for over 20 years. With a family of brothers in dentistry it is no wonder he became a dental assistant at age 18. Tomas brings exceptional back office experience along with an amazing enthusiasm for his love of dentistry. These skills along with his many years of experience has allowed him to spread his knowledge of dentistry across the country. Tomas has had advanced training in LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), Advanced Orthodontics, Digital Scanning, Digital Printing and Radiology. Thomas has spoken at the Chicago Midwinter, ADA, CDA, AACD and Yankee Dental.

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• Creating Efficiency Expert

  • Level of Training: Intermediate
  • CE Eligible: No
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• Germ Busters: Infection Control Process for all areas of the Dental Office: Hands On

  • Dental assistants must thoroughly conceptualize the best means to comply with those minimum infection control requirements set forth for dental settings. Compliance is critical to adhere to state dental boards, laws, and regulations. The primary intention is to limit the threat of exposure for dental clinicians and the greater public.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common chemical disinfectants in the dental practice, sterilization factors, and chemical indicators
  • Explain the differences between cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing, as well as recommended protocols for all three processes
  • Define the most common components of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) in the dental practice and their various purposes

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  • Sandy Yanes , CDA has been a practicing dental assistant since 1972 and graduated with honors from UNC Chapel Hill. As a certified dental assistant she both worked and helped to train other dental assistants across the US and Canada, honing her skills throughout the years while striving to learn the constantly changing techniques and the official GERM BUSTER for the Academy of Chairside Assisting. She has taking countless hours of OSHA training and says this her passion area of expertise. Sandy has spoken at the Yankee Dental Congress, Chicago Midwinter, Hinman and Star of the North and FDC.

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  • Level of Training: Basic
  • CE Eligible: No