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Continuing Education

The following courses are offered through the Rhode Island Dental Association during ​2017.

If handouts are needed, they will be available for download prior to the course. Please check back.

Registration starts at 8:15 am. Please arrive early in order to be seated before the course starts. 

noonan-vikki1How to Eat Candy

with Dr. Brian Nový

September 15, 2017 ​9am-4pm (6 CEUs)

​Quidnessett Country Club

Depriving cariogenic bacteria of sugar is the cornerstone of traditional caries management, yet the science of CAMBRA (Caries Management by Risk Assessment) takes cariology to a whole new level. If you're still telling patients to "brush, floss, and use fluoride toothpaste" you're going to be surprised by the myriad of treatment options available today. Streptococcus mutans has more to fear than stronger fluoride and more of it, as dentistry embraces oral healthcare. 

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noonan-vikki1Sedation in Dentistry: "Clinical Concepts and Current Controversies"

with Dr. Mel Hawkins

November 8, 2017 ​9am-4pm (6 CEUs)

​Quidnessett Country Club

Sedation is the practice builder of modern dentistry. Learn sedation pharmacology and how to apply it. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are reviewed. "Is oral drug administration safer?" "Is any one sedative agent a panacea?" "Is any particular benzodiazepine better than any other?" How to incorporate/improve a sedation protocol into becoming a smooth team patient approach is discussed. Case reports, mistakes and solutions from 30+ years of oral sedation in general practice are shared. State Dental Board regulations will be compared, contrasted and critiqued. 

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WynnPhoto07 010Hot Topics: Latest Issues Affecting Pharmacotherapy in Dentistry, Including Issues on Mitigating the Prescribing of Opioids

with Richard L. Wynn, PhD - Professor of Pharmacology, University of Maryland Dental School

February 21, 2018 ​8:30am-4:30pm (8 CEUs)*

​Quidnessett Country Club


  1. The national PDMP concept update and scheduled drug prescribing
  2. Mitigation of opioid availability and the increase in heroin markets
  3. Analgesics - non-narcotic pain relievers to reduce opioid prescribing
  4. Drug interactions involving NSAIDs and opioids with other drugs and supplements
  5. Antibiotics: current issues on bacterial resistance
  6. Antibiotic Stewardship, Odontogenic Infections
  7. Antibiotics as Premedications - more recs by Orthopedic Association
  8. More drugs associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ)
  9. Updating medical marijuana
  10. Updating "non-permit level" minimal sedation guidelines from ADA previously known as "anxiolysis"
  11. New blood thinners and emerging guidelines for patient management
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*Extended hours will fulfill the new opioid requirements in the state of Rhode Island for Schedule II prescribers 


Speaker TBD

April 18, 2018 ​9am-12pm (3 CEUs)

*There is a fee for OSHA - please check the course fees on the left hand side or email

​Quidnessett Country Club

More information to follow

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​HR & Compliance

with Christy Durant, Esq.

​May 16, 2018 ​9am-12pm (3 CEUs)

​Quidnessett Country Club

More information to follow

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