Professional Dental Liability Risk Management Seminar

Anthony Chillura, DMD and Mark V. Franco, Esq.

(4 CE credits for Maine licensure)

May 20, 2021 - 4:30 - 8:30 pm 

All dentists and staff welcome 

Every practice strives to provide dental care for patients in an effective manner with the highest quality outcome. In order to achieve that, risk and risk management associated with all treatment must be addressed, concurrently using the latest principles and techniques available. When the proper protocols and policies are employed, patients can be treated safely and efficiently in a controlled, risk-lowered environment. 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. 

Additionally, dentists insured with the Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists (PPP) will receive 10% professional liability premium credit upon renewal for three successive years. Dentists who are not insured with the PPP may be eligible for credit by purchasing PPP coverage within one year of attending the seminar.

This course is appropriate for general and specialist dentists, associates, and staff members, with no prior experience necessary.

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Five Patient Lifestyle Habits That Influence Healing/

Do Your Patients Have The Guts To Enjoy Oral Health?

Uche Odiatu, DMD

(6 CE credits for Maine licensure)


May 21, 2021 8:45 am - 12:30 pm (with scheduled breaks); 1:15 - 4:45 pm (with scheduled breaks) 

This course will cover two topics in separate three-hour blocks.

Five Patient Lifestyle Habits That Influence Healing: Our patients don’t leave their stressful jobs, poor sleeping patterns (insomnia, apnea, snoring), their physical fitness (or lack of) or their eating patterns (mindless eating and evening feeding frenzies) in the car before they sit in our chair. There’s irrefutable scientific evidence that these habits have the ability to ramp up inflammation or dial it down. Well-adjusted, rested, physically active, healthy eating patients enjoy a physiology that supports a better response to our prevention/restorative interventions. In this high-energy, entertaining program, be prepared to have your hair blown back.

Five Patient Lifestyle Habits That Influence Healing
Course Objectives:    Attendees will

  • Discover how eating habits have the ability to dial down or ramp inflammation, and how it affects your treatment outcomes

  • Learn why it’s important to identify the sleep-deprived (not just apnea) patient in your practice

  • Understand why your sedentary patients don’t heal as well as your active-living patients (ALERT - 85% of your patients lead sedentary lives)

  • Gain greater insight into the relationship between chronic inflammation and disease

  • Develop a conversation style to positively impact your patient at the new patient and re-care exam

Do Your Patients Have The Guts To Enjoy Oral Health? Do your patients have the guts to douse the flames of inflammation? Our patients’ gut flora make very powerful anti-inflammatory agents when fed key nutrients. Learn what impacts gut integrity: antibiotics, jet lag, fast food, artificial sweeteners, and what we dental pros can do! The latest science from the National Institutes of Health shows the microbiome impacts overall health as much as our genes. Dental industry people are the key professionals to ensure optimum functioning of the masticatory system. Attend this insightful session and enjoy a novel path to lower patients’ inflammatory burden.

Do Your Patients Have The Guts To Enjoy Oral Health?
Course Objectives:    Attendees will

  • Gain insight into the science of the human microbiome

  • Learn why new findings about your patients’ gut flora are shaking the foundation of health care and nutrition

  • Understand why the dental professional is perfectly positioned to help all people live more vibrant lives

  • Discover the foundational role of your patient’s gut integrity and their overall immunity, metabolism, cognitive function and stress resilience

                                                   Dr. Uche Odiatu is the author of “The Miracle of Health,” a professional member of the American College of

                                                   Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist in Toronto. He is an National Strength and Conditioning Association

                                                   certified personal    trainer, and has given over 400 lectures in England, Canada, the United States, the

                                                   Bahamas, Denmark, Bermuda, and Norway. 
                                                   Twitter: @Fitspeakers  
                                                   Instagram: @fitspeakers







25 Shades of Grey and a

Whole Lot Less Risque

with John A. Svirsky, DDS, MEd 

(6 CE credits for Maine licensure)


Saturday May 22, 2021 at 8:30 AM - 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. 

Course 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.


Course 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". 

Dr. John Svirsky is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Dr. Svirsky has developed a broad background in research, published numerous articles in dental literature, and earned a master’s degree in adult education. He is a sought-after speaker, with an international reputation as an informative and entertaining lecturer. He is an honorary member of the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society, and has received a presidential citation from the American Dental Association for significant contributions to the health of the public and the profession of dentistry. In 2012, he received the William J. Gies Award from the Greater New York Dental Meeting for contributions to oral health.The Alumni Association of Virginia Commonwealth University chose Dr. Svirsky to receive the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Dawson Academy for advancement of the dental profession through research, publication, and education, and has been awarded an honorary membership in the American Academy of Oral Medicine.

Saturday May 22, 2021 at 12:15 - 1:15 PM Disclosures: Norman Hanson Detroy


Dental Student/New Member Lunch & Learn:

Avoiding Litigation As A Newly Practicing Dentist

with Joshua D. Hadiaris, Esq. & Devin W. Deane, Esq.

(1 CE credit for Maine licensure)


This course will include an overview of malpractice liability and will discuss
several important areas of risk management.


Learning Objectives: 

  • An understanding of the basics of malpractice liability

  • Tips for effective communication with patients to establish realistic

       treatment goals

  • How to avoid documentation pitfalls

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J.D. Hadiaris devotes the
majority of his practice to
defending hospitals, physicians, and other health care workers in professional liability claims. He has been selected in New England Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, an honor bestowed
upon only 2.5 percent of his
peers, every year since 2010. Prior to attending law school, he studied at Colby College.

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Devin Deane is a trial lawyer.
He is a passionate advocate
and his skill set is preparing and
presenting cases of all types.
He specializes in professional
malpractice defense, personal
injury and wrongful death claims, commercial litigation, employment law, and insurance
defense. He has also been recognized as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star.

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

The Maine Dental Association 
is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider


Accepted Program Provider

FAGD / MAGD Credit

05/01/2018 to 06/30/2021