The Sacramento District Dental Society is an approved Continuing Education and Academy of General Dentistry provider through the Dental Board of California.

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Upcoming Continuing Education Courses

October 21, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Common Pitfalls of Crown Prep

Oct
24

October 24, 2018 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pmAt SDDS Classroom

Common Pitfalls of Crown Prep

2 CEU, Core • $80

Understanding the importance of the relationship between the dentist and the lab – that’s the key to the perfect crown. But there is so much more!
This course will explore what works…and what doesn’t…when preparing a crown for your patient. What are the everyday pitfalls? How can they be avoided? Explore aspects of the “perfect prep,” potential pitfalls and how to deliver the best possible results for maximum patient satisfaction. Bring your assistants and key staff members to this program – the entire team will learn something. And bring your questions – anything you want to know from the lab’s point of view.

Course Objectives:

  • Crown prep designs for superior outcomes
  • Lab challenges of digital scanning
  • New materials and comparisons

Eric Costa, Costa Aesthetics Laboratory:

Eric Costa, owner and ceramist, began his journey in the dental lab field in 1991. For over a decade Eric absorbed an abundance of experience and the fundamentals of a natural, beautiful smile under the tutelage of Kent Hallmeyer, world class Master Ceramist. Equipped with an extensive knowledge of smile design, Eric aided and assisted in PacLive and CCADS, under the guidance of some of the top dentists in the nation.
Costa Esthetics opened in 2015 with a focus on superior customer service and high esthetic restorations. Eric is devoted to building loyal relationships with his clients which ensures an open, clear communication, making case outcome predictable, coupled with a vast knowledge of smile design and full mouth rehabilitation.

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Preparing for Your Fiscal Year End

Oct
25

October 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmAt SDDS Classroom

Preparing for Your Fiscal Year End: Tips and Ideas for You to Make the Best out of Your Last Quarter Finance Planning

No CEU • $75

Did you know that the new tax laws take effect for the 2018 reporting year? Are you ready to incorporate the new provisions of the law in your office business plan? And, as always, are you keeping an “eye” on your bookkeeping and record keeping procedures and processes? SDDS Vendor Member, Craig Fechter, will share his insight and suggestions with SDDS member dentists to make sure they are up to date on all information regarding taxes, deductions and accounting.

This course is for dentists only and some highlights will include:

  • Benefiting from the new tax bill
  • Dental practice finance – tricks and pointers for MONTHLY maintenance
  • Small business and dental practice fraud and security

Craig Fechter, CPA; Fechter and Company (SDDS Vendor Member):

Craig is President of Fechter & Company, CPAs located in Sacramento, California. He has developed a number of firm specialties including audit/review/compilation services; tax compliance and consulting and other general accounting and taxation consulting. Mr. Fechter graduated from California State University – Sacramento with a degree in accounting. He received his certification from the California Board of Accountancy in January of 2005 and has been an adjunct faculty of accounting at American River College and is presently teaching a business tax course for UC Davis Extension.

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November 4, 2018 - November 10, 2018

CPR BLS Course

Nov
9

November 9, 2018 at 8:00 am - 11:30 amAt SDDS Classroom

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA) REQUIREMENTS FOR CPR – The BLS Healthcare Provider Course includes mandatory practice and testing with a one-way valve mask. All participants must have a mask, as required by the AHA. If you wish to obtain a regular mask or mask with an oxygen inlet for office use, they can be ordered through SDDS. The AHA strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the AHA.

Please attach a copy of your current CPR card with registration. Students who present an expired CPR card. In addition to receiving certification, you will receive 4 CE units upon course completion.

Registration deadline is 10 business days before the scheduled class. Registration received after this date is subject to a $15 late fee.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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November 11, 2018 - November 17, 2018

Getting a New Dental Practice Up and Running

Nov
12

November 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmAt SDDS Classroom

Getting a New Dental Practice Up and Running: Advice for Dentists on Building a Successful Practice

2.5 CEU, 20% • $99

There are many ways to get a dental practice on the road to success. You can start from scratch, buy into an existing practice, buy out a dentist and take over. No matter what method you decide on, taking that first step into the practice can be the beginning of a short climb to success or a fall down an elevator shaft. There are a few basic considerations that will insure a good beginning. Whether you are the new dentist heading up the hill or the senior dentist turning over the practice, this program should help you make the right choices and avoid the typical mistakes.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn what parts of the planning process are most important
  • Identify ways to attract the right patients into the practice
  • Understand the role of the dental team in the success of the new practice

  • William Van Dyk, DDS:

    Dr. William Van Dyk is a full time private practicing general dentist in San Pablo, California. In addition he serves as an associate professor at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry in the Department of Practice Management. He graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1973; served three years in the U.S Army; and purchased a practice in 1976.

    Since 1985 he has been speaking to dental audiences on various aspects of practice management. He was instrumental in the development of the ADA Success Seminar Series to dental school students, giving them real world information on starting a dental practice. He served on the ADA Council on Dental Practice for seven years and is a member of both the American and the International College of Dentists.

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    Help... Our Service Sucks! How Patients Judge the Quality of our Dentistry

    Nov
    13

    November 13, 2018 at 5:45 pm - 9:00 pmAt Hilton Sacramento Arden West

    Help… Our Service Sucks! How Patients Judge the Quality of our Dentistry

    3 CEU, 20% • $75 Member Price

    Patients can’t see the quality of our dental care, but they can judge the quality of the service they receive. If every staff meeting began with the title “Our Service Sucks”, the service to patients would begin to improve tremendously. Instead, most teams pat themselves on the back for their “great” service without ever really looking at it. In business today most of us expect little or no service and are very surprised when we see any. In fact, really great service is usually the number one reason we return to a business. To cement our relationship with our patients and get them to value our care and talk about us to others, we need to surprise them with our overwhelming service. This course will give you ways to begin that tomorrow.

    Course Objectives:

    • What does excellent service really mean?
    • What do other companies do to impress their clients and how can we incorporate it into our practice?
    • How can the whole office team create an excellent service environment
    • What can we do tomorrow that will begin to impress our patients about our quality of care and service excellence?

    William Van Dyk, DDS:

    Dr. Van Dyk is a full time private practicing general dentist in San Pablo, California. In addition he serves as an associate professor at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry in the Department of Practice Management. He graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1973; served three years in the U.S Army; and purchased a practice in 1976. Since 1985 he has been speaking to dental audiences on various aspects of practice management. He was instrumental in the development of the ADA Success Seminar Series to dental school students, giving them real world information on starting a dental practice. He served on the ADA Council on Dental Practice for seven years and is a member of both the American and the International College of Dentists.

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    HR Webinar: 7 Safe Steps for Legal Terminations ($59)

    Nov
    14

    November 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 2:15 pm

    Member Benefits that Benefit Your Practice

    Nov
    15

    November 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmAt SDDS Classroom

    Member Benefits That Benefit Your Practice! Improve Practice Performance with CDA Practice Support Resources

    2 CEU, 20% • $75

    As a practicing dentist, CDA has a wealth of valuable member resources that are available to dentists to help them navigate through the challenges and the successes of everyday business operations.

    This course will enlighten the audience on topics including:

    • The CDA Practice Support resources: do you know all that is available to you as a member?
    • Dental Insurance: what’s going on out there, including managing provider contracts, insurance plans and how they fit into modern practice
    • Practice Management Reports – what are they and how to use them
    • Making business decisions based on the understanding of what your practice data is communicating and how to react appropriately
    • Industry benchmarks for practice comparison

    Lee Bentz, Practice Analyst:

    Lee Bentz specializes in practice management, including operational efficiencies, collections, patient protocols, and starting, growing and selling a practice. He brings eight years of experience in dentistry, including managing a high-volume DSO and a private practice, as well as developing strategic action plans as an adviser to owners.

    Cindy Hartwell, Dental Benefits Analyst:

    Cindy Hartwell specializes in consulting with practices on dental benefit plans, navigating the benefits system and advocating for providers. She brings more than 20 years of experience, including RDA and office manager roles in private practice before working in a large dental benefit organization’s commercial and state government divisions.

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    Licensure Renewal

    Nov
    16

    November 16, 2018 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pmAt SDDS Classroom

    Licensure Renewal Course • California Dental Practice Act, Infection Control & OSHA Refresher

    6 CEU, Core • $199

    Are you a licensee who’s looking to bang-out all the mandatory courses in one day?  Say no more — our All-In-One is perfect for you!

    All-in-One Covers the Following:

    • 2-hours of California Dental Practice Act for California licensees
    • 2-hours of Infection Control for California licensees
    • 2-hours of OSHA refresher to include bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, materials safety, general office and all the required elements of your compliance in the office for all those classified as being exposed to pathogens

    We encourage all licensed as well as unlicensed staff to attend this comprehensive education day which covers scope of practice, infection control regulations from the Dental Board, employee safety issues from Cal-OSHA and a review of the duties and functions of practitioners in dental healthcare provision.

    Note: The Infection Control portion of this course does not meet the mandatory education requirements for unlicensed dental assistants. Unlicensed assistant are required to complete an 8-hour Board-approved course in order to meet employment criteria as an assistant.

    Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA, CSP:

    Leslie Canham, is a speaker and consultant specializing in Infection Control, OSHA Compliance, Dental Practice Act, HIPAA regulations, and a variety of subjects surrounding accommodating and treating special needs patients. In dentistry since 1972, Leslie lectures nationally and internationally and has earned the reputation as an outstanding speaker in dentistry. Her fast paced, entertaining programs deliver up to date accurate information that dental teams can relate to. Leslie is also a Certified Speaking Professional, which is a designation conferred by the National Speakers Association. Fewer than 10 percent of speakers worldwide hold this professional designation.
    In addition to her busy speaking schedule, Leslie provides in-office training, mock-inspections, dental office audits, consulting, and webinars. Leslie is recognized as a continuing education provider by the Academy of General Dentistry and the California Dental Board. She is also authorized by the Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer.

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    December 2, 2018 - December 8, 2018

    Synchronizing Technologies for Clinical Excellence

    Dec
    6

    December 6, 2018 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pmAt SDDS Classroom

    Synchronizing Technologies for Clinical Excellence

    Sponsored by Carestream

    2 CEU, Core • $80

    A digital workflow course with a focus on improving restorative outcomes with digital planning.

    Course Objectives:

    • Implant planning with Immediate Load Provisionals
    • DICOM and STL data file merging
    • Prosthetic Driven Implant Placement

    Brandon Darcangelo, Carestream:

    Brandon has been with Carestream Dental for over eight years and has over 17 years of experience in healthcare technology including expertise covering: CBCT imaging, CAD/CAM technology, 3D printing, and digital impressioning. In his current role, Brandon oversees a team dedicated to the sales, development, and strategies for Carestream Dental’s CS Solutions product line, which allows oral health professionals to replace conventional impressions with highly accurate digital impressions.

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    January 6, 2019 - January 12, 2019

    SDDS Talk Night

    Jan
    8

    January 8, 2019 at 5:45 pm - 9:00 pmAt Hilton Sacramento Arden West

    “SDDS Talk” Night – 10 on 10 (10 Minutes, 10 Slides, 6 Speakers)

    3 CEU, Core • $75 Member Price

    Enjoy this evening of short form and rapid-fire pearls, quick tips, tools, warnings, complications, secrets and every day, useful knowledge. We have gathered some general dentists and specialists who will share the topics of:

    • Death by CPR; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Dr. Margaret Delmore
    • Role of Imaging in Airway Analysis, Dr. Shika Rathi
    • Sleep Apnea: More to It Than Just Making an Appliance, Dr. Alexander Malick
    • Oral Surgery: All-on-4 Concept, Dr. Dale Alto
    • Third Molars: Pearls and Pitfalls, Dr. Lou Gallia
    • Implants, Dr. Pieter Linssen

    Dale Alto, DDS:

    Dr. Dale Alto is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and partner at Capital Oral Surgery in Sacramento California. Born and raised in Michigan, he received his dental degree from the University of Michigan and oral surgery training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Alto’s clinical practice is focused on 3rd molar surgery, orthognathic surgery, complex dental implant surgery, and optimal post-op pain control. He and his partners are local providers of lectures and workshops for the All-on-4 concept.

    Margaret Delmore, MD, DDS:

    Dr. Delmore, MD, DDS has been in private practice as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon for over 25 years in Sacramento, CA. Prior to her oral surgery training she practiced as a hospital pharmacist in Memphis, TN. In addition to her regular career she volunteers as a BLS, ACLS and PALS instructor for several societies. In real life she has only been able to successfully resuscitate one individual, but she has been able to circumvent the need to resuscitate several others.

    Lou Gallia, MD, DMD:

    Speaker bio coming soon!

    Pieter Linssen, DDS:

    Speaker bio coming soon!

    Alexander Malick, DMD, FAGD:

    Dr Malick is a 1982 graduate of the University of Connecticut school of dental medicine. He completed a one-year general practice residency in the US Army Dental Corps. In Lawton, Oklahoma and served a combined active and reserve duty as a dental officer for 12 years. In 2013, he completed an Orofacial Pain Mini-residency at UCLA Dental School and a 9-month fellowship in Orofacial Pain, Oral Pathology, and Dental Sleep Medicine at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento and Roseville. He currently practices General Dentistry in Roseville, California and has been involved in Dental Sleep Medicine since 2013. Dr Malick is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and The American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and a member of the ADA/CDA/and SDDS.

    Shika Rathi, BDS, MS :

    Dr. Rathi is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist and maintains a private practice at DDI imaging center in Roseville, California. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Orthodontics at the University of Pacific, San Francisco. She has authored several textbook chapters and is a recognized reviewer of the journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology (OOOO).

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    Past Continuing Education Courses

    4th Annual Pearls in the Backyard

    This CE course gathers together four SDDS member specialists who present pearls for the general practitioner.
    Friday, April 24, 2015
    8:00am-4:00pm ● 7 CEU, core
    SDDS Classroom ● $175 Member Rate*

    The ABCs of Curing Composites

    Jim Hillier (Dentsply)
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    8:30am-1:30pm ● 5 CEU, core
    SDDS Classroom ● $175 Member Rate*

    New Dimensions in Endodontics

    Alex Fleury, DDS, MS (Sponsored by Brasseler USA & Carestream Dental)
    Friday, November 7, 2014
    8:30am-1:30pm ● 5 CEU, core
    SDDS Classroom ● $175 Member Rate*

    Licensure Renewal: California Dental Practice Act & Infection Control

    Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA
    Friday, October 24, 2014
    8:30am-3:30pm ● 6 CE, core
    SDDS Classroom ● $160 Member Price*

    Lunch & Learn: Crown Prep, Common Pitfalls & Prep Design

    Dennis Amatulli, CDT (Infusion Dental Arts)
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014
    11:30am-1:30pm ● 2 CEU, core
    SDDS Classroom ● $50 Member Rate*

    Indirect Dentistry Update

    Marc Geissberger, DDS, MA, BS, CPT
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    5:00pm-9:30pm ● 4.5 CEU, core
    SDDS Classroom ● $175 Member Rate*

    QuickBooks for the Dental Practice

    Susan Gunn (Susan Gunn Solutions)
    Friday, September 12, 2014
    8:30am-12:30pm ● No CE
    SDDS Classroom ● $250 Member Rate* (includes $78 book)