Last Chance Continuing Dental Education

December 5-6, 2013 lclogo

Featured Speaker
J. William Robbins, DDS, MA
also featuring Augusta University Faculty

Augusta University Alumni Center, Augusta, GA

Presented by
Dental College of Georgia and
Division of Professional and Community Education


We gratefully acknowledge support for this course from Patterson Dental, Komet, USA and Pulpdent Corporation.

This is the Last Chance to get CE credits from GHSU in 2013, so check the CE requirements in your state. It may also be a first chance to meet many new faculty at Augusta University. Finally, it may be the best chance to get the most hours per day of CE credit (8.25 per day), and hear some outstanding CE speakers.

Thursday, December 5
7:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast — Breaks 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
7:50 a.m. Introduction to Course – Drs. Barry Hammond and Rhoda Sword
8:00 a.m.

Dental Amalgam Biocompatibility: Bias and Belief – Dr. Mackert 

Patient fears regarding alleged adverse effects often result in the “tail wagging the dog” when it comes to selection of the best material for a particular restorative need. This presentation will help tame the bewildering array of claims and counter-claims regarding biocompatibility of dental materials. 

9:00 a.m.

Water Fluoridation: Current Claims of Harm – Dr. Whitford 

This presentation will discuss research results from studies designed to evaluate the validity of four claims of harm. The claims are: (1) metabolism of chemicals used for water fluoridation have not been adequately studied; (2) chronic exposure to fluoridated water is a risk factor for osteosarcoma; (3) bone fractures; and (4) deficits in the ability to learn.

10:15 a.m.

Non-Odontogenic Toothache: A Guide to Accurate Diagnosis – Dr. De Rossi 

There are numerous non-odontogenic sources responsible for pain felt in the teeth. The most important step towards proper identification and management is the suspicion that the origin of tooth pain is not in fact in the pulp or supporting tissues. This lecture will review the clinical features of many sources of non-odontogenic toothache and discuss their diagnostic and management challenges.

12:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m.

Relevance and Implications of the Most Commonly Prescribed Medications for the Dental Patient – Dr. Mozaffari 

Review the pharmacology of the top 50 prescribed medications and discuss the relevance and implications of these medications as well as the medical conditions for which they are indicated for the dental patient. Potential interactions of medications administered and/or prescribed by dental professionals will also be discussed.

3:15 p.m.

Dental Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Dr. Horowitz

During this presentation, Dr. Horowitz will present a review of signs and everyday symptoms you and your staff can easily identify. He will review evidence based and proven protocol to take the symptomatic patients and put them through a diagnostic process involving both laboratory and home based sleep testing as well as dental office evaluations. Bite registration, appliance variations and insurance billing options will be discussed.

5:15 p.m. Questions and Answers
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
Friday, December 6
7:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast — Breaks 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
7:50 a.m. Introduction to Course – Drs. Barry Hammond and Rhoda Sword
8:00 a.m.

Global Diagnosis: A New Vision of Dental Diagnosis and Treatment Planning – Dr. Robbins

With the increased emphasis on interdisciplinary treatment in recent years, the deficiencies associated with traditional methods of diagnosis and treatment planning have become more evident and problematic. Historically, the treatment plan was primarily dictated by information provided by study casts with the primary tools available for treating the complex restorative patient being crown lengthening surgery and increasing the vertical dimension of occlusion. The treatment plan often overlooked placing the teeth in the correct position in the face. Practitioners did not have access to interdisciplinary means of diagnosis and treatment planning. With the advent and common usage of new treatment modalities, the historical method of diagnosis and treatment planning is no longer adequate. It is the purpose of this course to provide a systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment planning the complex interdisciplinary dental patient with a common language that may be used by the restorative dentist and referring specialists. The four Global diagnoses which dictate all interdisciplinary treatment planning will be defined. 

12:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m.

Problems in Practice Management: Opportunities for Success – Mr. Cartin, C.P.E.

Dentists everywhere express concern about four key issues: How can I get more new patients? How can I deliver more treatment; How can I develop a long-term, loyal team? How can I avoid burnout? Together, they create a framework within which any dentist can implement proven structures of success. 

3:15 p.m.

Strategies for Minimizing Risk to Litigation and Reducing Tax Liabilities – Mr. Mangelson, C.F.P. 

This course teaches proven and effective strategies to prevent and protect against lawsuits, allowing dentists the peace of mind necessary to focus on improved patient care. Tax reduction and estate planning strategies adapted to dentists are also taught. Specific topics covered in this course include: Lawsuit Protection; and Tax Reduction and Estate Planning. 

5:15 p.m. Questions and Answers
5:30 p.m. Adjourn


Last Chance Dental CE Participants still have the opportunity to have a complimentary consultation with one of the Top Asset Protection Attorneys in America 


Here is the contact information


Here is the Link for the Questionnaire to receive the Attorney Consultation




Dental education and modalities of treatment are ever changing and expanding. Last Chance CE features a wide variety of topics to meet the needs of dentists who desire to improve their diagnostic and treatment skills, business skills, and ultimately their efficiency and productivity. This lecture will also feature updates on several “hot” topics such as fluoride, amalgam, and non-odontogenic pain. Since practice success is founded not only on clinical excellence, but also on managing the business side of the practice, this course will feature valuable and timely topics on practice management and asset protection. We are excited to provide such a diverse program for 2013 and are confident that it will be an exciting and productive experience for all who view continuing education as a lifelong learning experience.


Following completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Recognize bias in reports of adverse effects of dental materials
  • Address patient and public concerns about the safety of water fluoridation
  • Recognize key identifiers of non-odontogenic pain and treatments for these conditions
  • Discuss the relevance and implication of the most commonly prescribed medications for dentistry 
  • Develop administrative and clinical protocols that motivate patients to say “yes” to the care they need
  • Cultivate a climate for creativity, customer service and personal fulfillment among your team
  • Structure practice for lawsuit protection and prevention while maintaining focus on patient care
  • Describe the “Five CORE Questions” and Four Global Diagnoses along with their corresponding treatment options

Target Audience

Dentists and other dental professionals.


The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for 16.75 continuing education credits. 01/01/10 – 12/31/13 

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/10 – 12/31/13.

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REGISTRATION FEES Before November 21 After November 21
Dentist $395 $445
Hygienists/Dental Assistants $245 $295




Print the

and mail it
with payment to:
Division of Continuing Education
Georgia Health Sciences University
919 15th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30912

with payment by credit card
to 706-721-4642.

Call the Division of Continuing Education at

706-721-3967 or
1- 800-221-6437

The registration fee, less a $50 administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received by November 21, 2013.

Augusta University reserves the right to cancel any and all portions of this CE activity due to unforeseen circumstances. Full registration fees will be refunded for canceled portions of this activity. Augusta University cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline or other transportation fares, hotel or rental car charges, including penalties.

Special Needs
Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilities or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at
800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Comfort Zone
Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or sweater in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

Lecture Sessions will be held in the Alumni Center on the Augusta University campus. In response to your request on the Registration Form, we will send you lodging information for several area hotels, along with a map of the Augusta University campus indicating available parking.