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Past Sessions 2019-2020

Nov 06, 20

Sleep & Airway Management; Why, How & What?

In today’s society people are continually looking for new ways to improve their quality of life and sense of well-being. Sleep is an essential component of health. It plays a vital role in physical and mental health. Sleep awareness is rising, so as the prevalence of Sleep Disorders. Unfortunately, majority of patients with Sleep disorders remain undiagnosed. Dentists can have an instrumental role in helping patients achieve a better quality of life, by recognizing and addressing sleep and airway disorders.

This lecture will provide an overview of;

  • “Why” dental clinics should have a comprehensive understanding of sleep & airway disorders, and educate their patients
  • “How” to implement a sleep and airway management program in a dental clinic
  • “What” is involved in helping patients with sleep disorders

It will review the importance of Sleep & Airway management in comprehensive inter-disciplinary treatment planning and how airway and sleep disorders, if left untreated, could adversely impact the long-term prognosis of dental treatments. It will also provide a practical step-by-step approach to implementing a simple & predictable “Sleep and Airway Management” program in a dental clinic; with easy to implement systems and clinical tools for a fully digital workflow, utilizing the latest technologies in the field of Dentistry and Sleep.


Dr. Charkhandeh is a general dentist who received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree and Bachelor of Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada. He then furthered his education and training by completing a research fellowship in the area of “Sleep and Dental Sleep Medicine” at the University of Antwerp Hospital (UZA), in Antwerp, Belgium, where he is currently working on his PhD thesis in sleep medicine.

As a well-known and passionate educator, researcher and innovator in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Charkhandeh has lectured at numerous national sleep meetings across the world, such as AASM & AADSM Annual Meetings (USA), CSS Annual Meeting (Canada), iBEDSMA Annual Meeting (Belgium), NVTS Annual Meeting (Netherlands), DGZS Annual Meeting (Germany) and many more dental meetings. He is the recipient of the “2012 & 2015 Clinical Research Award” and “2015 Clinical Excellence Award” from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dec 04, 20

Digital Dentures: Benefits, Workflows, and Future Applications

Brief course synopsis: 

This course will focus on the current and future applications of digital dentures.  Discussing the benefits, limitations, and clinical workflows. With the widespread use of intraoral scanners, capturing the edentulous soft tissue as well as digitizing traditional records, have changed the way we fabricate dentures. This presentation will demonstrate the clinical workflows and discuss the pros and cons of using these emerging techniques. Additionally, it is widely known that 3D printed complete dentures are becoming a viable option, but how do they compare to milled dentures? This lecture will compare the physical properties of milled and printed complete dentures to help determine their best applications.


Dr. Brian J. Goodacre received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2013. He completed a four-and-a-half-year combined program in Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2017, earning an MSD degree. He is a board-certified prosthodontist and serves as an assistant professor at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.  Dr. Goodacre lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to digital dentistry, prosthodontics and implant dentistry. He is passionate about implementing technology into the dental student curriculum and is involved in multiple research projects, many of which have been published in peer reviewed journals.

Past Sessions 2018-2019

October 26, 2018

Dr. Bill Preshing – Safely Caring for Our Patients with Medical Issues

Greg Clarkes – Medical Emergency Management – A Team Based Approach

November 17/18, 2018

Dr. James Kohner

November 17 Soft Tissue Management (Morning)

November 17 Managing Periodontal Disease (Afternoon)

November 18 Hands-On Workshop, Improving Restorative Results with Crown Lengthening


November 30, 2018

Dr. Tim Bizga – The Keys to Successful, Predictable and Efficient Composite Restorations

January 11, 2019

Dr. Joel Antel – Patient Communication and Office Organization for New and Established Practitioners

March 22, 2019

Dr. Christine Berthold – The Key to Endodontic Success

April 26, 2019

Dr. Juan Yepes – Oral Diagnosis in the Pediatric Patient

This lecture will provide the most up-to-date information regarding the fascinating and emerging field of oral diagnosis in children.  Using case presentation as the learning and discussion format, this session will cover the most common soft tissue lesions in infants, children and adolescents as well as radiographic lesions.


  1. Understand the importance of “building” a differential diagnosis based the clinical presentation of oral lesions.
  2. Learn the most common soft tissue lesions in infants, children and adolescents
  3. Learn the most updated treatment for some of the most common oral conditions besides gingivitis and dental caries
  4. Understand the importance of “building” a differential interpretation in radiology
  5. Learn the most common radiographic lesions in infants, children and adolescents.

Past Sessions 2017-2018

October 27, 2017

Dr. David French
Implant Designs and the Impact on Treatment Planning & Risk Prevention

Registration - 8:00AM

Meeting Commences - 8:30am to 12:00pm (Salons 11,12)

Luncheon - 12:00 to 1:00pm (Salons 8,9,10)

Meeting Resumes - 1:00pm to 4:30pm (Salons 11,12)

December 1, 2017

Dr. Lee Ann Brady
Avoiding Restorative Failure

January 12, 2018

Dr. Dave Burnham/Dr. Reena Talwar
Dental Implant Treatment Options / Complications Simple to Complex

March 23, 2018

Dr. Stace Lind
The General Practice Restorative Update

April 6, 2018

Dr. John Svirsky
Recognition, Diagnosis & Treatment of Soft Tissue Lesions (morning)
Come In and Catch It: The Review that Sticks (Afternoon)

Past Sessions 2016-2017

  • October 28, 2016

    Michael Dare
    The Creation & Maintenance of the Safe Dental Sedation Team

  • November 18, 2016

    Dr. Mario Abdennour
    Restorative Endodontics

  • January 13, 2017

    Orthodontic Treatment of Impacted Teeth/Dentist Role in Snoring and Sleep Apnea

    Dr. Derek Mahony

    This lecture will review common, complex and multi-factorial clinical scenarios of tooth impactions. Dr. Mahoney will discuss the latest advances in research and clinical practice, including developments in the periodontal outcome of surgically exposed impacted teeth. Dr Mahony has a series of simple protocols for routine cases to enable clinicians to develop their skills and improve their understanding of complex and rare presentations. If time permits Dr Mahony will review failure and impending failure, and provide insight into real life management of impacted teeth. Dentist role in Snoring and Sleep Apnea

    Dentists can be one of the primary care providers for mild to moderate cases of constructive sleep apnea. This course will provide participants with:

    • the knowledge to diagnose and treat patients with sleep disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea
    • knowledge of airways, snoring appliances, and TM dysfunction.
  • March 24, 2017

    Digital Workflows for Restoring Dental Implants and more

    Dr. Peter Barndt

    This program will cover:

    • Digital Workflows for Restoring Single and Multiple Implants
    • The Segmental Hybrid Prosthesis
    • The Co-Axis Dental Implant
  • April 28, 2017

    Regenerate, Bioactivate Treating Patients in the 21st Century

    Dr. Fay Goldstep

    Today’s dental materials and technology can predictably regenerate and remineralize lost oral structures.

    Bioactive minimally invasive dentistry is the proactive way to treat patients and what they are demanding.


    • Incorporate remineralization therapies and bioactive restorative materials into your practice; know what to use and where
    • Eliminate sensitivity and treat xerostomia effectively and easily
    • Incorporate the minimally invasive “Perimeter Prep” and other simple predictable patient friendly techniques for operative success with flowables
    • Diagnose and evaluate perio treatment with a scientific medical approach
    • Use lasers to keep perio in your practice and promote tissue repair and healing

    Dr Fay Goldstep has lectured nationally and internationally on Proactive/Minimal Intervention Dentistry, Soft-Tissue Lasers, Electronic Caries Detection, Healing Dentistry and Innovations in Hygiene. She has served on the teaching faculties of the postgraduate programmes in Aesthetic Dentistry at SUNY Buffalo, University of Florida, University of Minnesota and University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Past Sessions 2015-2016

  • October 30, 2015

    Corey Poirier
    "The Five Weeds You Must Pull From Your Life"

  • November 27, 2015

    Dr. David Clark
    Oral Pathology and Psychiatric Illness/Challenges

  • January 22, 2016

    Dr. Fernanda Almeida
    The good and bad news about Oral appliance therapy for OSA

  • March 18, 2016

    Dr. Douglas Lambert
    – A “Recipe for Success” with Direct Composites

  • April 29, 2016

    Dr. Matthew Witt
    Monday Morning Orthodontics

Past Sessions 2014-2015

  • Meg Soper
    "Wit, Fit and Balance…Strategies for Success"

    October 31, 2014

  • November 28, 2014

    Dr. Sonia Lezly and Dr. Brahm Miller
    The Interactive Role of the Surgical, Restorative and Technical Teams in Optimal Implant Therapy in the Highly Sensitive Aesthetic Zone

    More information can be found at Imperio+.

  • January 23, 2015

    Dr. Joel Antel
    Patient Communication and Office Organization for New and Established Practitioners

  • March 13, 2015

    Dr. Elliot Mechanic
    A Cookbook for Today's Restorative Esthetic Dental Practice

  • April 24, 2015

    Dr. Ed Barrett Pediatric Dentistry:
    Clear Expectations and Predictable Outcomes

Past Sessions 2013-2014

  • October 25, 2013

    Dr. Ernie Luce:“A Potpourri of Topics in Medical and Sedation Emergencies and the Medically Comp Pt”

  • December 06, 2013

    Dr. Witt Wilkerson: “Dental Occlusion – It Can Make or Break You”

  • January 24, 2014

    Drs. David Hatcher and James Mah: “Contemporary Utilization of Cone Beam CT in Dentistry”

  • March 14, 2014

    Dr. John Kanca:  “Adhesive Dentistry”

  • April 11, 2014
    Ms. Barb Bancroft: “Shampoos, Tattoos, and Barbeques – Infectious Disease Update”

Past Sessions 2012-2013

  • December 07, 2012
    Dr. Fred Margolis - “Update in Pediatric Dentistry” Esthetic Dentistry for Children
    file 1      file 2     file 3     file 4
  • November 02, 2012
    Tom Douglas - Managing People, Projects and Priorities
  • February 01, 2013
    Dr. Ernie Lam - The Role of 3D Imaging in Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Practice
    file 1     file 2     file 3     file 4
  • March 15, 2013
    Dr. Michael Sesemann - The Synergy of Esthetics & Function / Material Selection in the 21st Century
    file 1
  • April 12, 2013
    Dr. Jeffrey Coil - Endodontics for the General Practitioner: What you need to know!

Past Sessions 2011-2012

  • October 28, 2011
    Dr. Mark Hyman - "A 360 Slam Dunk Guide for Successful Teams"
  • December 2, 2011
    Dr. David Hornbrook - "Hot Topics in Aesthetic and
    Restorative Dentistry"
  • January 13, 2012
    Dr. Steve Rasner - "Extraordinary Success in 2012: The Relavance of
    Clinical Excellence, Leadership, and Balance"
  • March 16, 2012
    Dr. Stanley Malamed - "Emergency Medicine in Dentistry"
  • April 13, 2012
    Dr. Howard Tenenbaum - "Novel Approaches to Emerging Problems Facing Dentistry Today:
    Management of Refractory Periodontitis and Peri-Implant Mucosal Inflammation"

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