ODA Annual Session offers courses for dentists, specialists, entire team

The Ohio Dental Association’s 148th Annual Session, “ODA Live,” is slated for Sept. 11-14, and it promises to be a lively meeting. The convention is the opportunity for dentists and their teams throughout the region to gather together to learn, share experiences and have a good time. Attending the meeting every year is an easy way to fulfill the continuing dental education requirements for dentist and dental hygiene license renewal, and the meeting is designed to have courses and events that appeal to each member of the team.

Each day, courses are presented to meet the individual needs of all attendees. Informal tracks have been developed for traditional restorative, new products, specialties, hygienists, team members, front desk managers, hands-on workshops for dentists and EFDAs, motivation, and general health and wellness topics. Programs are selected based on input gained from previous meeting attendees.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The meeting begins Thursday with Dr. Gordon Christensen, who covers new products, new treatment concepts and discusses what works and what does not. He knows what is being used throughout the world and provides a universal perspective. Dr. Ron Kaminer will speak about new high-tech products with which attendees may not be familiar. Dr. Joe Maggio will be our specialist who will speak about endodontics. Dr. Lou Graham will speak about topics of interest to hygienists. Nancy Andrews, RDH, will be presenting four half-day courses on Thursday and Friday on varying topics such as ergonomics, emergency preparedness, lesions and lifestyles and standing up to emerging diseases. Dr. Scott Parker will be presenting a half-day lecture and half-day hands-on covering effective direct composite placement. Dr. Udell Webb will be covering proper insurance coding for front desk staff. Lisa Philp will be speaking about social networking and understanding generational differences in learning and interacting. Finally Lisa Harper Mallonee will be speaking about “Bugs, Drugs & Food Fads.”

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday, Dr. Ron Jackson, a well known authority on restorative dentistry, will present on the excellence in restorative. Dr. Thomas Dudney will show comprehensive treatment planning cases to restore the worn dentition. Dr. Howard Glazer will update everyone on the latest products, many of which are probably not familiar to you. Dr. Mark Canon will be our pedodontic specialist for Friday. Dr. Brian Novy is guaranteed to shake up our hygienists with his unique concepts. Judy Kay Mausolf will motivate teamwork and inspire the staff to communicate effectively. There will be three hands-on courses for dentists and staff. Dr. Sam Simos will be teaching effective composite techniques, Dr. Joe Maggio will be hosting the endodontic hands-on portion of his presentation and Dr. Keith Norwalk will acquaint assistants and EFDAs with implant components. Bruce Christopher will use humor to motivate team members to understand each other. A bonus program on Friday afternoon will feature our ODA executive staff presenting updates on regulatory and other dental practice issues.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

On Saturday, Dr. Jack Griffin will cover traditional restorative as well as high-tech solutions for dentists. Dr. Scott DeRossi will update attendees on oral manifestations of systemic drugs. The Ohio Academy of Periodontics will host a panel of specialists of interest to dentists and hygienists alike. Team members will enjoy another fun and motivational presentation by Judy Kay Mausolf. Dr. Damon Adams, editor of “Dentistry Today,” will present a lecture about effective crown and bridge technique and how to communicate with the dental laboratory. Dr. Thomas Dudney will present a hands-on presentation on proper cementation protocol with the new all-ceramic crowns.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The conference concludes on Sunday with an all day presentation by Dr. John Comisi on restorative dentistry featuring glass ionomers. We will hear from ODA staff members updating us on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on dental offices as well as infection control. In addition the Nitrous Oxide monitoring course will be presented.

There will be additional courses throughout the conference on important topics such as radiography updates and certification, the new products roundtable, CPR certification and recertification, and the ever-popular preventative products roundtables designed especially for hygienists.

Reserve the days Sept. 11-14 to attend the ODA Annual Session in Columbus; registration opens May 1.

Be sure to check www.oda.org/events and the ODA Annual Session Facebook page for regular updates including hotel information.