2021 Fall Symposium for Licensure Sessions

Infection Control

Session Description: coming soon

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current status of the COVID-19 infections in the population
  • Describe application of standard precautions as the foundation of infection prevention
  • Understand the most recent CDC recommendations and OSHA regulations for infection control in dentistry

About Olivia Wann, J.D.
Olivia Wann graduated from the Nashville School of Law with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence and continues to consult with dental practices on managing risk in a complex regulatory environment.

Olivia graduated magna cum laude from St. Joseph’s College of Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. She spent her early years as a dental office manager and later served as a dental software support technician for SoftDent. She attended Tennessee Technology Center’s dental assisting course and was registered as a dental assistant for many years. She participated in Georgia Tech’s Course in Occupational Safety & Health Standards for General Industry.

Olivia served as a course instructor for Cross Country Seminars and instructed over 250 lectures in 50 states. She has authored several compliance manuals and has had numerous articles published in industry journals and was one of the contributing authors for the ADA’s publication, Managing the Regulatory Environment: Best Practices.


Providing Patient-Centered Care - a course on LGBTQIA+ Cultural Sensitivity

Have you ever stumbled in conversations, felt a little uncomfortable, or maybe even had a feeling that you said the wrong thing? Do you ever get the feeling you might be a little 'off base' but had no one to ask? Take heart and a breath because you are not alone. Addresses lingo that is not just 'hip' but essential. If you want to build confidence in conversing and understanding your LGBTQ+ patients, this presentation is for you. Will serve as a reference before another “uh oh”, what did I say or do wrong? You will be given the tools and knowledge you need to remove your ‘training wheels’ and converse with ease.  After this presentation, you will communicate like a pro.  


Learning Objectives:

  • Communicate confidently with LGBTQ+ patients
  • Identify self-awareness about LGBTQ+
  • Identify strategies for LGBTQ+ inclusion in your practice

About Shannon Whittington
Shannon is a certified speaker and coach who specializes in servant based leadership. Shannon provides insight and practical skills on becoming an influential leader that people want to follow and be inspired by. Shannon is also a subject matter expert in LGB and Transgender competency. Shannon’s mission is to empower organizations to be LGBTQ+ inclusive. As an award-winning & certified LGBTQ+ health expert, Shannon provides insight and practical skills for organizations for LGBTQ+ and Diversity & Inclusion.


Ethics Questioned vs. Questionable Ethics

Ethics has been studied for years and is most often balked at the “moral principles” definition.
What exactly is a “moral principle” in modern day terms?
The norm used to be “If you didn’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all.” With those sentiments thrown out the window, how easy is it to “do the right thing?” 
The “right thing” definition depends on the individual.  What then goes into the thought process to develop a personal ethical foundation.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Ethics definition explored
  • How ethics are developed
  • How our ethics affect others 

About Susan Gunn
Gunn’s mission is to serve clients in providing solutions that enable practice owners to understand the business of their practice and to protect their practice. Susan is the Financial Organizational Expert providing solutions within the dental industry. Susan was the first to develop a back to back accountability between the practice software and QuickBooks in an understandable business format, which substantially influenced accounting and consulting across the professional practice industry nationwide. Focusing on organizing that financial information, Susan now has over 25 years of business automation and computer financial software experience. A nationally recognized valuable content provider speaker, Susan is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association. With an existing background in criminology, and a very thorough understanding of dental practices, Susan became a Certified Fraud Examiner. When embezzlement is suspected, she is able to investigate, interview and provide complete reports for prosecution and civil suit purposes. Susan has written 45 books geared for professional practices sold internationally, 46 books total: Money In, Money Out (2019), QuickBooks In Your Practice (1997-2021), Advanced QuickBooks In Your Practice (2004- 2021) and More Than Just Turning It On, as well as numerous industry magazine articles. Susan coauthored The ADA Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies (January 2014) and contributed to another ADA book Guidelines for Practice Success Managing Finances Best Practices.


Implementing Best Practices for Acute Dental Pain to Optimize Analgesia and Minimize Substance Abuse

The opioid epidemic in the U.S. encompassing substance use disorders (SUD) and overdose deaths has shifted from recognition as a national crisis to a chronic endemic problem as the number of overdose deaths plateaued in 2018-2019 but is increasing again with the COVID-19 pandemic. The entirety of the overdose death rate masks a 10% increase in opioid deaths from 2017-2018, largely attributed to heroin and fentanyl derivatives as well as continued overdose deaths due to oxycodone and hydrocodone.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that over 40 individuals per day die due to opioids administered orally for acute pain (CDC 2020). A study based on health insurance records (Schroeder et al. 2018) reported a 16-fold increase in opioid use and misuse in individuals provided a single opioid prescription for a dental procedure, the extraction of third molars in patients aged 16-25 years. If this observation is replicated and can be generalized, it is likely that providing a single opioid prescription for acute pain is sufficient to trigger latent vulnerability for opioid abuse that predicts the development of a SUD, physical dependence and an increased probability of overdose death. The shortage of rehabilitation treatment programs and their low success rate (15-20%) once abuse has become established suggest that prevention to minimize the development of a SUD may be more effective than relying on overdose reversals and long-term rehabilitation to mitigate the current trajectory of substance abuse and overdose mortality in the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to prevent and manage acute pain with minimal use of opioid-containing analgesics, 
  • Understand that meaningful pain relief from the patient’s perspective does not require the risks of exposure to opioids that may precipitate substance abuse in vulnerable individuals,
  • Recognize the therapeutic advantages, increased risks and appropriate dosing for combinations of an NSAID and acetaminophen for the management of acute dental pain. 

About Dr. Raymond Dionne
Dr. Dionne is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry where he also received a MS in pharmacology. He subsequently received a PhD in pharmacology from the Medical College of Virginia. He was an intramural scientist at the National Institutes of Health for 34 years conducting clinical and translational research on pain and analgesia. He also served as Clinical Director of the NIDCR, Chief of the Pain Mechanisms Branch and Scientific Director of the NINR. He is currently Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has published greater than 200 papers and edited 5 textbooks and scientific monographs. He currently serves on the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. 

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