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Continuing Education

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

​Please note that registration for OSHA is separate from the other courses and listed under "Register" to the left.

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-vikki1OSHA & Infection Control 

with Kathy Eklund

April 19, 2017 ​9am-12pm (3 CEUs)

Quidnessett Country Club

Infection Prevention & Control 2017: Evaluating Your Compliance - The goal of an infection prevention and control program is to prevent health-care associated infections among patients, and injuries and illnesses in healthcare personnel. This presentation will discuss strategies for ensuring compliance with relevant Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and other relevant recommendations, regulations and standards. The CDC Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings – Basic Expectations for Safe Care will be used to demonstrate how to monitor and evaluate a site-specific infection prevention and safety program. Companion resources from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), will also be shared with participants.

​Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Differentiate guidelines, regulations, standards, and best practices
- Explain the roles and responsibilities of an infection prevention and safety coordinator
- Describe how to integrate CDC guidelines, OSHA regulations and standards into site-specific infection prevention and safety program
- Demonstrate how to evaluate site-specific compliance with CDC infection prevention recommendations for dental practice settings and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard regulations.

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There will be a $30 late fee for anyone who registers for OSHA after April 12th, 2017, including walk-ins

noonan-vikki1Dental Ethics

with Dr. Robert Iovino

May 17, 2017 ​9am-12pm (3 CEUs)

Crowne Plaza Warwick

The goal of this half day program is to better prepare attendees (dentists, hygienists, assistants and staff) to avoid, ameliorate, or resolve potentially challenging moral dilemmas. Challenging ethical issues discussed will range from dilemmas encountered chair-side in clinical dental practice, to those concerning the dental profession and its expanding role within our society. 

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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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