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Thursday, May 2

IDEAS24 CoursesBrandi Hooker Evans, RDH-ER, MHE

Leaving Cookie Cutter Care Behind (6 CEUs)

8:00 - 9:30 AM; 10:00 - 11:30 AM; 12:30 - 2:00 PM; 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Location: Coral Ballroom D-E

Discover how to improve patient oral and overall health while simultaneously cultivating a patient-centered, profitable periodontal therapy program in your practice. Watch production naturally increase and case acceptance go through the roof when implementing this customized patient care model.

8:00 – 9:30 AM: Inflammation, Wellness, and Dental Disease: discover why dental professionals are in perfect position to profoundly improve wellness. Examine inflammation and overall conditions that prevent oral health and are exacerbated by dental disease.

10:00 – 11:30 AM: The Hygienist’s Role in Oral and Overall Health: learn what you will need to redesign your hygiene appointment to support maximum health for your patients, your team, and your practice. Rediscover assessment in a way that gifts patients their autonomy and hope to achieve the best version of their oral and overall health.

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Individualizing Care and Case Studies: Discover how to provide individualized care as you never imagined possible. Case studies and real patient care problem solving. Read periodontal charts, radiographs, medical histories, and chart notes and discuss best practices for individual needs.

2:30 – 4:00 PM: A New Style of Dental Hygiene Care: Learn how to become a critical component of patient, provider, and practice success in this new, fulfilling style of dental hygiene care. Gain tools required to address time, finance, and compliance issues that arise within your patient population.


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Brett Gilbert, DDS

Top Pro Tips to Improve Your Confidence and Outcomes in Endodontics (6 CEUs)

8:30 – 10:00 AM; 10:30 AM – Noon; 1:00 – 2:30 PM ; 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Location: Coral Ballroom A-C

Endodontic treatment is rapidly progressing with the advent of new technologies and a focus on dentin preservation. This course is designed to present top pro tips to get you up to speed and proficient with modern endodontic treatment. Topics covered include risk awareness and preparation, diagnosis, CBCT, anesthesia, perforation prevention, safe access, effective canal location methods, working length determination, canal instrumentation, irrigation and obturation. Endodontic treatment can feel stressful in a busy dental practice. Daily in-office wellness offerings are presented to help the dental practitioner and team remain calm, centered and focused on safe, efficient and successful endodontic treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the latest in technology and concepts related to modern endodontic treatment.
  • Gain a greater understanding of tips to help advance clinical skills and knowledge related to endodontic treatment.
  • Learn processes and techniques to create more predictable outcomes with endodontic cases.
  • Learn wellness practices that directly relate to managing the stressors that present related to endodontic treatment in the dental office.
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Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Clinical Note Taking (2 CEUs)

8:00 – 10:00 AM
Location: Oakdale Ballroom I - III

In this course, you will learn the verbiage techniques needed for surgery, tips to find patients who need a more thorough health history, and the importance of proper notes to enter in the charts. In addition, you will learn about systematic issues that cause dental problems and understand the process so the clinician can ask the right questions.

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Tips and Tricks for Shade Matching Excellence (1 CEU)

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Location: Oakdale Ballroom I - III

Shade taking is essential in dental restorations and is a combination of art, science, and experience of the restorative dentist and dental technician. In this course, we will explore best practices for achieving accurate, consistent, and predictable results. We will also review current shade taking devices and technology

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1:00 – 2:00 PM
Location: Oakdale Ballroom I-III

This training will enable clinicians to feel confident about implementing a seamless Smart Denture Conversion process in their practice. Attendees will learn about our separable fastener technology and how it makes the immediate load process faster, stronger, and better for clinicians and their patients.


2:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: Oakdale Ballroom I-III

Participants will get hands-on with Smart Denture Conversions, performing a pick-up and drill-out on two sets of dentures. They will become familiar with the proper protocol that will empower them to begin using Smart Denture Conversions as part of their own process.


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Friday, May 3

IDEAS24 CoursesCarla Cohn, DMD

Keeping Kids in Your Practice (6 CEUs)

8:00 – 9:30 AM; 10:00 – 11:30 AM; 12:30 – 2:00 PM ; 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: Coral Ballroom A-C

As a general practitioner, you should be able to care for most of the kids in your practice, without having to refer them out to the pediatric dentist across town. Taking care of your kids should be fun and stress free. Learn how with the most up to date methods and techniques for intra-coronal restorations, primary dentition full coverage, pulpotomies and more. Step by step instructions will be provided to help you become a superstar with the kids and parents in your practice. As Benjamin Franklin said “ Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” In this course, you will be involved.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn efficient reliable pediatric methods and techniques.
  • Effectively treat anterior and posterior primary dentition decay.
  • Successfully diagnose and treat pulpally involved teeth with new materials.
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Common Mental Health Disorders in Oral Healthcare Settings and Strategies for Effective Patient Care (1.5 CEUs)

8:00 – 9:30 AM
Location: Oakdale Ballroom I - III

Research indicates that individuals with mental illness and mental health disorders have poorer oral and physical health than the general population. Research also indicates that individuals with mental health disorders have reduced rates of compliance with dental and medical treatments. This session seeks to help oral health providers gain a deeper understanding of common mental health disorders that may be impacting their patients' care and treatment compliance as well as learn strategies to improve communication and care to these patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common mental health disorders and conditions commonly seen in Oral Health Care settings and impact on patient behaviors and communication styles.
  • Assess additional issues related to some of these disorders such as course/prognosis, prevalence, differential diagnosis, comorbidities and culture as well as their impacts on patient behaviors and care.
  • Gain awareness of how patient behaviors and mental health symptoms connect to traumatic experiences and how trauma impacts the brain.
  • Recognize and learn strategies for effective treatment of patients in oral health settings suffering from mental health disorders and conditions including understanding the value and efficacy of strengths-based patient care.

Addressing Burnout and Impacts to Mental Health for Oral Healthcare Staff and Providers (1.5 ceus)

10:00 – 11:30 AM
Location: Oakdale Ballroom I - III

The purpose of this seminar is to provide information on personal and professional strategies to cope with stress and mitigate the harmful effects of burnout in oral health care settings.  Burnout is a psychological syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. Levels of burnout are high among dentists and physicians and there are several documented factors contributing to its prevalence.  Within the communal setting of a dental office, where many individuals are currently caught in a vicious cycle of over-functioning, recognizing the signs of burnout becomes crucial in fostering a sustainable and supportive work environment. Additionally, high degrees of stress precede burnout, making it imperative that providers learn to recognize stress early in order to help prevent burnout before it occurs. The fallout from burnout may affect other dental team members, patients, colleagues, friends and family, thus, preventing burnout is vital not only for the well-being and professional preservation of dental and oral health care providers and staff but also for ensuring optimal patient outcomes. There is increasing literature on mitigating burnout and many coping strategies for both personal and professional settings that can help individuals cope with stress and burnout, achieve better work-life balance, and restore feelings of engagement and purpose in their work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define burnout and its relationship to stress, understand what vicarious trauma and secondary stress are and their relationship to burnout and discuss prevalence among dental providers and staff
  • List trends in burnout affecting dental providers and staff, as well as means for diagnosing workplace burnout. Recognize activation points at work, define the term parallel process and begin to understand its impact on trauma informed care implementation.
  • Learn introductory concepts to the value of workplace wellness including how to identify when vicarious resilience and compassion satisfaction vs fatigue is present in the oral health care office setting.
  • Describe the effects of burnout and impact on the provider or staff members mental health, to the overall wellness of the workplace as well as on positive patient outcomes. Discuss strategies for managing stress that can contribute to professional burnout.


Oral Pathology Case Study: Review and Diagnosis of Treatment    (3 CEUs)

8:30 - 10:00 AM; 10:30 AM - Noon
Location: Coral Ballroom D-E

This course will present a variety of interesting case studies in oral and maxillofacial pathology focusing on entities most likely to be encountered in general practice. Emphasis will be placed on the presentation and treatment of the various conditions. The course will be in a clinical-pathology conference format, making the experience interactive by utilizing an audience response system. This session will allow participants to respond using their computer, tablet, smartphone, or any phone with texting capability. Participation is not required to attend.

IDEAS24 CoursesLisa Thompson, CDA, RDA, CDIPC

What's Happening Back There? A Revisit of the Sterilization Area to Optimize Compliance and Efficiency (1.5 CEUs)

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Location: Coral Ballroom D-E

Every day, your patients and staff trust you to protect them from healthcare associated infections. How well is your sterilization center doing the job? We will discuss best practices and training, you will learn how to help keep your sterilization center compliant, efficient, and safe for everyone who steps into your practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the CDC-recommended workflow in the sterilization center.
  • Learn how to reduce bottlenecks in design, workflow and equipment.
  • Recognize and implement the 5 steps of infection prevention.
  • Discover best practices in sterilization, including proper loading.
  • Learn the three types of monitoring and why they are critical for infection prevention.
  • Understand how safety can be a marketing and recruiting tool.
  • Classify types of instruments and recommended sterilization methods.
  • Understand why instrument processing can be a key to productivity.
  • Gain insight into considerations for your sterilization center from a teammate perspective.
  • Identify when to replace instrument processing equipment.

I Can't Learn Another Thing! How Technology Helps and Potentially Hurts Your Practice.        (1.5 ceus)

2:45 – 4:15 PM
Location: Coral Ballroom D-E

Technology is advancing daily and can offer considerable improvements to dental workflow and patient care. However, this same technology can lead to stress within the dental practice and create unexpected burdens. In this lecture, learn how to identify team stress triggers and find the right balance of technology that best fits your practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand technology’s impact on stress and retention of teammates in their practice
  • Gain insight into assessing clinical needs to reduce team stress
  • Identify training needs to improve confidence and engagement with technology
  • In a crowded technology market, learn how to make the right technology choices based on their practice and patient needs

Saturday, May 4


Dental Radiology Update (2 CEUs satisfies IDB dental radiography requirement for dental assistants)

8:00 - 10:00 AM
Location: Coral Ballroom A-C

This session will provide dental professionals with innovative information regarding dental imaging. Topics include descriptive terminology for proper documentation; facets of extraoral imaging using various techniques and modalities; common uses of three dimensional imaging and procedural techniques; and interpretation of dental images for education and documentation purposes.


Opioids and Other Substance Use Disorders: Dental Treatment Impact
(3 CEUs/1 hour of Mandatory Opioid Training)

8:00 - 10:00 AM; 10:15 - 11:15 AM
Location: Coral Ballroom D-E

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) are unfortunately both common and destructive in our society. We will
discuss new developments in the neurophysiology and treatment of common SUDs. Dental prescribing of opioids has substantially declined since 2015 and opioid-sparing analgesia is the first step for pain and treatment options. Non-opioid SUDs will be examined with the goal of recognizing recent use, oral effects and adjusting dental treatment to ensure patient safety and to avoid medicolegal complications in dental practice. Recreational marijuana is currently legal in 24 states and initiatives are currently being promoted in many more states.

During the final hour of the presentation, we will review the pharmacology of cannabis products and discuss oral effects and dental treatment ramifications for patients who frequently use cannabinoids with special emphasis on risks of high potency THC among adolescents.


Iowa Dental Board Jurisprudence Course
(1 CEU satisfies IDB jurisprudence requirement)

10:15 - 11:15 AM
Location: Coral Ballroom A-C

Join the Iowa Dental Board Vice Chair Dr. Lisa Holst as she provides a regulatory update on Iowa Administrative Code 650, the laws that govern the practice of dentistry in Iowa. Attendees will have ample time to ask questions.


Infection Control Update for Iowa’s Dental Practice
(1 CEU satisfies IDB infection control requirement)

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Coral Ballroom A-C

This course will provide pearls for your dental practice with regards to dental infection control, based on the CDC 2003 Guidelines, including, but not limited to: bloodborne pathogens, PPE, instrument sterilization, and dental unit waterlines. This will help dental offices to maintain legal compliance to provide care safely.