fall 2019


Back to Infection Prevention Basics: Why the Foundations Matter!

  • Explanation of use and limitations of methods to reduce exposure including
    engineering controls, work practices, and PPE
  • PPE type, use, handling, decontaminating, and disposal
  • Information on exposure incidents: report, evaluation, testing, follow-up
  • Discussion of safer medical devices
  • Non-managerial employee input for identifcation, evaluation, and selection of
    effective engineering and work practice controls with documentation
  • Documentation requirements
  • Explanation of Bloodborne Pathogens Standard provided
  • Explanation of epidemiology and symptoms of BBP
  • Explanation of the modes of transmission of BBP
  • Explanation and Employer’s Exposure Determination
  • Hepatitis B vaccine availability, safety, administration, and beneft
  • Infection control guidelines, step-by-step processing
  • Tuberculosis

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Attendees will better understand the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, including
    the epidemiology, symptoms, and modes of transmission of bloodborne illnesses.
  2. Learners will be more informed about engineering controls, work practices, personal
    protective equipment (PPE), and safer medical devices designed to reduce exposure.
  3. Seminar attendees will be more likely to follow the proper instrument processing
    procedures, recognize failed sterilization attempts, and minimize the risk of infection
    due to improperly processed dental instruments.


About Olivia Wann, JD

Olivia joined the dental profession in 1985 having served as an ofce manager and dental assistant. She graduated magna cum laude from St. Joseph’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law. Olivia was one of the contributing authors for the ADA’s publication, Managing the Regulatory Environment: Best Practices. She has written articles for Dental Economics and other dental journals and is a featured speaker at the 2019 meetings of the Tennessee Dental Association, American Dental Association, and Hinman Dental Society. Olivia and her team members provide onsite and online consulting, policy development, and training in the areas of OSHA, Infection Control, HIPAA, Chemical Dependency, Recordkeeping, and Human Resources.

The Future of Diversity in Dentistry

Dental professionals value the role that diversity contributes to society. Diversity has evolved and includes more than race and ethnicity. Many diverse populations are underserved or overlooked. There are a number of populations that have growing evidence of health disparities. Dental professionals must prepare themselves for the future of diversity and develop strategies to provide the best patient-centered care. This course will provide cultural sensitivity training for the LGBTQIA population.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define diversity and its contribution to the patient perception.
2. Discuss unique subsets of the populations that are often overlooked.
3. Identify strategies that will promote cultural and linguistically competent care

About Jasmin Haley, RDH, MSDH, CDA

Jasmin Haley is the Founder and CEO of Beyond the Prophy® and Co-founder of the MOMgienist® Community. She has over 18 years of experience as a dental hygienist, national educator, and dental assistant. When she is not directly helping to impact the lives of dental professionals with her coaching she can be found on the stage doing what she loves best — speaking from the heart. She shares her personal experiences of overwhelm, fear, and self-doubt to help professionals rediscover their greatness and pursue their goals. She is an expert on HIV/AIDS, an advocate for the opioid epidemic, and crusader for cultural sensitivity in the dental industry. Jasmin is a national leader in education, connector of peer set movers and shakers, and a 2018 recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction. 

The Ethics of Consent

Informing Informed Consent

At its best, informed consent is a process of communication that empowers a patient to make voluntary decisions about accepting or declining care. Informed consent has both ethical and legal implications in clinical practice. Generally speaking, “consent should be obtained for therapeutic and diagnostic procedures where disclosure of signifcant healthcare information, including major risks involved, would assist a patient in making an intelligent decision whether to undergo the proposed procedure.” For this consent to be valid-it must be appropriately “informed.” In short, clinicians do not get informed consent, rather patients give informed consent. This is a difference with distinction.

The intent of consent was not and is not merely to ensure statutory compliance within our respective practice jurisdictions. The intent is to better inform patients about their diseases and their therapeutic options in the evidence based management of their conditions. This presentation was designed to review the process and operationalize the intent with
regard to patient safety.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the normative principles approach to ethics, including codes, duties, and rights;
    apply this approach to ethical issues in practice, and recognize common criticisms.
  2. Define the character ethics approach, including virtue, care ethics, and aspirational codes;
    apply this approach to ethical issues in practice, and recognize common criticisms.
  3. Describe the process of informed healthcare decision making, including the elements
    that must exist and the specific components of an informed-consent discussion.
  4. Discuss surrogate decision making for incapacitated patients, including who can and
    should act as a proxy decision maker and what standards they should use to make
    healthcare choices for another.

About Theresa Gonzales, D.M.D.

Dr. Gonzales was recently selected to serve as the Executive Director of the American College of Dentists. In 2013, she retired from the United States Army Dental Corps after a distinguished career in active federal service. Prior to her retirement, she was a nominative selection as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General. Dr. Gonzales graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Biology and received her D.M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gonzales began her military career as a resident in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. She then completed a residency training program in oral and maxillofacial pathology in 1992 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 2006, she completed a two-year fellowship in Orofacial Pain at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and completed a Master of Science in Health Care from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

“Hurts So Good!” Management of Dental Pain and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing Practices

Management of acute dental pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, this normally occurs outside the dental office, away from our immediate supervision and we are often faced with the difficult task of managing patient pain while also avoiding adverse outcomes for both our patient and our communities. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to accurately identify the need for pain control and associated risks, and to assess the efficacy of analgesic agents to be administered. This program will provide an overview of effective dental pain management and identification of addiction. Special emphasis will also be given to appropriate practices of prescribing opioids and individualized patient care planning.

Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics.
  • Explain the intended role of opioid and non-opioid analgesics in the management of acute dental pain, as well as situations which may preclude their use, based on a patient’s underlying medical conditions.
  • Describe techniques useful in developing individualized pain management plans as well as strategies useful in identifying potential opioid addiction.
  • Discuss appropriate prescribing practices for opioid analgesics to utilize in everyday clinical situations.

About Thomas Viola, R.Ph.

Thomas Viola, the founder of “Pharmacology Declassifed”, is a board-certifed pharmacist who also serves the profession of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author. Tom is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses to dental professionals, nationally and internationally, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia and is well-known for his regular contributions to several dental professional journals. Through his informative, humorous and engaging live seminars and webinars, Tom has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team.