with Dr. Kevin Muench 

Friday September 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (8:30 registration)   Disclosures: none

(6 hrs)  Included in Dentists Package Plan


Course Description

TITLE: Getting To ‘YES’ ... Then What?  

This course will demonstrate the systems and concepts of the Pankey Mann Schuyler system of Occlusal Rehabilitation through case presentations. Patient development and engagement is a system and/or process with the end objective being patient health … whole health.

Learning Objectives

  • Teach a process that will help heighten the clinician’s awareness of the impact of recognizing that the “Teeth are part of a system” and objective assessment of the system can and should drive the treatment plan.

  • Demonstrate the systems and concepts of the Pankey Mann Schuyler system of Occlusal Rehabilitation through case presentations demonstrating the PMS system.

  • Utilizing a bite splint as a means of engaging the patient in a developmental process to shift a patients awareness and learning as they ask for a higher level of care. 

  • Involving the patient in this process will can create an engagement piece that can build both confidence in the process for the patient but more importantly, in patients’ recognition that their involvement in the process will/can markedly impact their comfort well beyond “I feel better” or “that looks nice”.

All TMJ Patients are NUTS, Right? How to Evaluate, Diagnose, and Treat the Most Common TMJ Problems 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Looking Beyond The Teeth and Saving Lives

with Dr. Jamison Spencer

Friday October 11, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (8:30 registration)   Disclosures: Easy Airway/Silent Sleep

This course will cover two topics in separate three-hour blocks. (6 hrs)  Included in Dentists Package Plan

Course Description

TITLE:  “All TMJ Patients are NUTS, right?:  How to evaluate, diagnosis and treat the most common TMJ problems.” 

In this lecture Dr. Spencer will review the relevant anatomy and discuss simple examination, diagnosis and treatment techniques that will allow you to STUN your next TMJD patients with your understanding of their issues, and allow you to help many more people.


Learning objectives

  • Review and remember the relevant anatomy of the head and neck

  • Understand principles of examination and evaluation for TMD

  • Have a straight forward way to diagnose the most common TM disorders

  • Understand the treatments for the most common TM disorders

Course Description

Title: “Obstructive Sleep Apnea:  Looking beyond the teeth and saving lives!”


In this lecture Dr. Spencer will review the basics of normal sleep, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in adults and children.  He will also cover diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, including the dentist’s role and appliance selection.  If you or someone close to you may have sleep apnea (like your patients) you owe it to yourself and them to take this course and potentially change, or literally save, their lives.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand normal sleep and how to improve sleep

  • Understand how obstructive sleep apnea affects adults and children

  • Become familiar with the dental aspects of screening for OSA

  • Recognize how to choose the best oral appliance for your specific patient

  • Understand how to avoid problems and minimize side effects of oral appliance therapy

Emerging Trends for

the Dental Team

with Cathy Turbyne

Friday November 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (8:30 registration)    Disclosures: Turbyne & Associates

This course will cover three separate topics. (6 hrs)  Included in all package plans

TITLE:  Emerging Disease Trends, Treatment, Vaccinations and Pharmacology for the Dental Staff

Learning Objectives:        

  • Emerging trends in subjects including dental stem cell research and applications, guided bone regeneration, implant surgery/implant failure, CBCT cone beam, CAD/CAM lab cases, botox, laser technology, CDC/OSHA sterilization, and record-keeping requirements

  • Pharmacology that may appear on a patient’s medical history

  • Overview of other current and emerging disease trends/concerns for dental care providers, treatments, vaccinations, and pharmacology

TITLE:  HPV/The Oropharynx Cancer Epidemic

Learning Objectives:      

  • About HPV from a historical and current statistical perspective

  • Why HPV is considered a CDC “public health concern and on the rise,” and what the public knows about HPV and the oral cancer connection

  • How many strains exist, which are cancer-causing, is it curable, and if dentistry should routinely test for it

  • The critical role of dental care providers to educate patients and perform a thorough examination for HPV early detection, recognition, and referral of potential HPV cases

TITLE: Gluten Intolerance / Sensitivity and Celiac Disease

Learning Objectives:   

  • Differences between gluten allergy, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and celiac disease

  • The causes and implications of the differences and the applications for oral care

  • Research findings about wheat and whole grains

  • How to determine what medical history responses may trigger a thought about a problem with gluten, and what oral cavity findings will be evident

Alternative Medicine

Update - Oral Health Products

with Dr. Karen Baker

Friday December 6, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (8:30 registration)   Disclosures: none

(6 hrs)  Included in all package plans

Course Description -  AM

TITLE:  The Impact of Alternative Medicine on clinical Dentistry: Complimentary or Conflicting?

The resurgence of herbal medicine has produced confusion and conflict among health care providers and patients alike.  Dental professionals must avoid making negative generalizations about alternative therapies in order to stay involved in the therapeutic decision-making process.  During this program, the herbal landscape will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

  • buy and use a science-based herbal reference and recommend information sources for patients,

  • describe valid medical uses for the top twenty systemic herbal medications,

  • recognize the dental impact of common systemic herbal medications and dietary supplements,

  • select specific herbal oral health products with reasonable claims and safe ingredients, and

  • discuss the effectiveness of herbal therapies and dietary supplements on gingivitis and periodontitis.

Course Description - PM

TITLE:  Update on Oral Health Products: How to Make Informed Choices


Can charcoal whiten my teeth?  Does it make any difference which  fluoride toothpaste I use?  Which “natural” mouthrinse reduces gum disease?  How can I get some relief from this dry mouth and the bad breath that goes with it?  Patients ask you questions about home use dental products more frequently than they ask about any other oral health subject.  They need your professional guidance now more than ever in making the best choices based on their unique set of circumstances.  Ms. Baker will compare manufacturer claims and objective clinical data concerning chemotherapeutic products for gingivitis and calculus reduction.  Toothpastes claiming everything from superior mineralization to “5 shades whiter” will be listed in detailed tables to be used as a chairside reference when questions arise.  The safety and effectiveness of controversial ingredients/practices such as licorice lozenges, antioxidants, edathamil, oil pulling, melaleuca, and stabilized chlorine dioxide will be reviewed. Both OTC and prescription home use fluoride rinses will be rated based on relative caries and mineralization effects. New strategies for xerostomia including patient handouts will be provided.  An extensive and very current handout that will help you design optimal homecare regimens for specific patients accompanies this entertaining, yet comprehensive evaluation of homecare dental product information.      


Learning Objectives

  • select a dentifrice for a specific patient based on type of fluoride, gingivitis or calculus reduction, abrasiveness, cleaning ability, and safety with chronic use,

  • choose the most effective chemical treatments for halitosis,

  • evaluate mouthwashes based on pH, mineralization, alcohol content, and therapeutic effect, and

  • manage a patient with drug-induced xerostomia and/or idiopathic or iatrogenic mucositis​

Elevating your everyday

restorative practice

 All About Direct Restorations

with Dr. Marcos Vargas

Friday March 13, 2020 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (8:30 registration)   Disclosures: none

(6 hrs)  Included in Dentists Package Plan

Course Description 

Direct resin composites are a very important part of any dental practice nowadays.  These restorations provide patients with minimally invasive restorations that preserve tooth structure while providing esthetics, longevity and function; they are personally rewarding and cost effective.  However, dental practitioners face difficulties while bonding and placing these restorations.  This presentation will provide tips and techniques for predictable and sensitivity-free bonded restorations in daily practice, it will provide guidelines for shade selection, cavity preparation, layering style, how to achieve achieving proximal contacts and contouring and polishing to obtain functional and esthetic restorations.  A step-by-step approach will be used to present how to achieve excellence in bonding and obtain excellence in direct restorations including, Class IVs, diastema closure and direct resin veneers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Predictably select shade for anterior resin composite restorations

  • Perform cavity preparations conducive to blending

  • Layer anterior composites

  • Contour and polish anterior resin composites

Oral Pathology

with Dr. Sook Bin Woo

Friday April 10, 2020 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (8:30 registration)   Disclosures: Bristol-Myers Squibb, An Atlas of Oral Pathology

(6 hrs) Included in all package plans

TITLE: Oral ulcers, erosions and red lesions: differential diagnosis and treatment

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to differentiate between traumatic, immune-mediated, autoimmune and infectious ulcers

  • Know how to perform a biopsy and when to use a special transport medium

  • Learn how to use topical steroids in your practice with ease

  • Receive an update on the new therapies for blistering diseases

TITLE: The cancer patient in your practice

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to prepare your patient for cancer therapy including bisphosphonate therapy

  • Be able to diagnose and manage complications of cancer therapy, including radiation therapy

  • Be familiar with complications of standard chemotherapy and new targeted therapies


TITLE: Oral white lesions: diagnosis and management in 21st century

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to discriminate between traumatic white lesions, lichen planus and leukoplakia, the most common precancerous lesion

  • Learn how to treat lichen planus using topical steroids

  • Understand what the prognosis of leukoplakia is in terms of cancer development and how to manage your patient

May 28-30, 2020 - 153rd MDA Annual Convention

Professional Dental Liability 

Risk Management Seminar

Thursday May 28, 2020 at 12:30 PM 5:00 PM

(4.5 hrs)

This seminar will provide the latest claim information statistics to help mitigate risk and present cases and experiences of your colleagues who have experienced risk exposures.

The following risk management fundamentals will be addressed in this seminar:

  • Management of patient communications by choosing words wisely, listening intently, earning trust and 

       respect, and creating the happy and loyal patient

  • Implementing office policy so the entire team utilizes the same risk and safety policies

  • Providing all clinical treatment that meets or exceeds the accepted standard of care in your locality

  • Understanding the basic principles of accepted chart and record documentation and the responsibilities

       of protecting patient health information

  • Effective patient management regarding non-clinical issues and adverse events

  • Fundamentals of legal concepts, including general informed consent, vicarious liability and negligence


This seminar is comprehensive in nature and meant to provide the most current information on risk management for you to utilize in your practice. It is presented by a dentist with decades of extensive clinical and risk management experience. In conjunction, there will be a segment by local counsel addressing the specific dental practice act of the state.

Integrative Approaches to Pain/Life Is Your Best Medicine

with Tieraona Low Dog, MD

Friday May 29, 2020 at 8:30 PM 4:30 PM   Disclosures: Dr. Low Dog's Apothecary, LLC

(6 hrs) This course will cover two topics in separate three-hour blocks.  NOT Included in Dentists Package Plan


TITLE: Integrative Approaches to Pain

Course Description

Data show that more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain - more than those with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. While opioids are powerful allies in the management of pain, the risk of addiction, depression, central hypogonadism, sleep-disordered breathing, infections, cognitive impairment, falls, non-vertebral fractures, and mortality are increased in populations taking these medications long-term. Clinicians should be aware of the evidence of efficacy and safety for the use of complementary and integrative approaches to the management of pain, including an understanding of which conditions might be most amenable to these interventions.


Learning Objectives :

  • Discuss the pros and cons of prescription drugs used for pain management

  • Describe the benefits and risks of using over-the-counter analgesic medications

  • Describe the evidence and risks of dietary supplements commonly used by patients for pain management

  • Describe three strategies to enhance the patient experience using non-pharmacologic pain management solutions

TITLE: Life Is Your Best Medicine 

Course Description

Modern science is now confirming what many indigenous peoples long believed, that much of our health and vitality comes from the way we live our lives, and from the choices that we make each and every day. It has also confirmed that our resiliency, our ability to bounce back and move forward, is stronger when we are physically, emotionally and spiritually nourished.  


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the effects of chronic stress on work performance and risk for depression, anxiety, heart disease, and other disease

  • Describe how meditation, physical activity, rest, music, and other lifestyle factors can positively impact physical and emotional health

  • Identify strategies for reducing fatigue, improving sleep, and increasing emotional well-being

  • Describe three ways to improve their nutrition

25 Shades of Grey and a

Whole Lot Less Risque

with John A. Svirsky, DDS, MEd 

Saturday May 30, 2020 at 8:30 PM 4:30 PM   Disclosures: Procter & Gamble

(6 hrs) This course will cover two topics in separate three-hour blocks.  Included in Dentists Package Plan

TITLE: 25 Shades of Grey and a Whole lot less Risque

Course Description

This radiology review course has a number of common cases in addition to some interesting unusual cases thrown in to keep the audience on their "toes." The emphasis will be a review of common radiolucent and radiopaque lesions. Get ready to learn, laugh and make a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a logical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of common radiolucent lesions found on radiographs.

  • Demonstrate a logical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of common radiopaque lesions found on radiographs.

  • Recognize the common radiographic lesion found in dental practices. 

TITLE: Great Cases with New Faces

Course Description

This new interactive course for 2020 will present a potpourri of interesting cases seen by me or emailed to me over the past few years. In this course participants learn how to describe a lesion, develop a differential diagnosis and treat the condition. I will show how I approach cases and arrive at a diagnosis. The audience of course will help me to diagnose them as I play the patient. Some unusual "things" might pop up! A good time is to be had by all.


Learning Objectives

  • Develop a logical approach to the diagnosis of oral lesions.

  • Learnto describe and develop a differential diagnosis of various clinical cases.

  • Learn to treat selected oral diseases and distinguish "good from bad". 

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.  The Maine Dental Association designates these activities for one to six continuing education credits. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

The Maine Dental Association 
is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

Accepted Program Provider

FAGD / MAGD Credit

05/01/2018 to 06/30/2021

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