Upcoming Courses

TMJ – What is it?  How does it apply to everyday dentistry?   This course will be presented by Dr. Prabu Ramam from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, July 20, 2018 during the West Virginia Dental Association’s 112th Annual Session at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.   It is recommended for dentists, dental hygienists and clinical dental assistants.  Attendees will learn to recognize “asymptomatic” patients who may become symptomatic after routine restorative dental treatment or minor orthodontic treatment.  His course objectives include:

  1.   Clear understanding of TMD/TMJ
  2.   Dispel the TMJ myths we may have learned as facts
  3.   Recognize signs and symptoms of TMD…it may not be what you have learned
  4.   Inform patient before you perform even routine care
  5.   Implement strategies in daily practice to lessen occurrence of TMD
  6.   Avoid practices that could precipitate TMD symptoms
  7.   Understand the connection between TMD and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Introduction To Obstructive Apnea And Sleep Breathing Disorders    Dr. Prabu Raman will present this course from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., July 20, 2018 during the West Virginia Dental Association’s 112th Annual Session at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.     It is recommended for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.   The objectives of this course include:

  1.   Clear understanding of various Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD)
  2.   Recognize the symptoms of SBD
  3.   Recognize the oral and external signs of SBD
  4.   Understand the connection between TMD and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  5.   Implement strategies in daily practice to screen for SBD
  6.   Avoid practices that could exacerbate existing SBD

Digitally Driven Dentistry:  Utilizing New Innovations To Deliver Restorative Excellence For Dental Implant Therapy   This course will be presented by Sundeep Raj Rawal, DMD, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, July 21, 2018, during the West Virginia Dental Association’s 112th Annual Session at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.   He will present prosthetic considerations of single tooth to full arch treatment concepts, including immediate function and full-case rehabilitation.    He will focus on diagnostic considerations with regard to space for restorations, materials used, and protocols for treatment planning.   Emphasis on techniques used to convert a removable prosthesis into a full arch fixed provisional restoration will be discussed.  Lastly, special emphasis will be placed on protocols that enable dentists to deliver restorations easily.  As a prostthodontist, Dr. Rawal has worked extensively to utilize CADCAM technologies within the scope of clinical dentistry and enhance his patients’ restorative treatments.   His course is sponsored by Nobel Biocare.

What New Dentists Need To Know   Dr. Bill Simon will present this course from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, July 21, 2018, during the West Virginia Dental Association’s 112th Annual Session at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.   Designed for the new dentist – in practice less than 10 years – and dental students this course offers an entertaining and informative look at the ever changing world of private practice dentistry.   Attendees will learn what to consider when buying or starting a new practice, what to look for in an associate, practice ownership and management principles, office design and build-out concepts, marketing tips, technology to consider, choosing a dental laboratory, referring to specialist, financial planning concerns and risk management.  Dr. Simon said, “New dentists need to be not only skilled and competent clinicians but capable and efficient business owners.”   His course is sponsored by Professional Protector Plan (PPP) for Dentists.  

Registration:  Dentists are encouraged to register for the above course at a reduced fee by July 1.  Fees increase after July 1.  Registration is available online by going to www.wvdental.org or calling the West Virginia Dental Association 304-344-5246 or send an email to [email protected] or [email protected]                                           

WVDA hosts expanded duties courses for dental hygienists and dental assistants throughout the year.  The courses are approved by the WV Board of Dentistry.   Each course is three hours.  Successful completion of an examination is required for credit.  Instructors are Dr. Bryan Weaver and Dr. Mike Bagby of the WVU School of Dentistry, and Dr. Anissa M. Anderson, a private practicing orthodontist.    The four courses are: Nitrous Oxide Monitoring for Dental Hygienists and Assistants, Coronal Polishing for Restorative and Orthodontic Assistants, Restorative Expanded Duties for Dental Assistants and Expanded Duties for Orthodontic Assistants.

WVDA hosts continuing education courses for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants two times a year.   These are the Semiannual and Annual Sessions.  They are approved by the WV Board of Dentistry toward renewal of license.  For information call WVDA 304-344-5246, FAX 304-344-5316 or email [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected]   

WVDA hosts a Semiannual Session in January of each year at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, WV.    Twelve to sixteen hours of continuing education courses approved for renewal of license will be available to dentists, dental hygienists and assistants.   

WVDA will host its 112th Annual Session, July 20 – 21, 2018, at The Gereenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Dr. Chris Smith of Charleston and 112th President will preside over the meeting. Twelve hours of continuing education courses will be available to dentists, dental hygienists and assistants.   Go to REGISTRATION ONLINE to register for the 112th Annual Session.   Please note early registration ceases July 1.   Fees increase after July 1.  

According to West Virginia law, dentists are to complete three hours of “Drug Diversion and Best Practices Prescribing Controlled Substances Training and Training on Prescribing and Administration of Opioid Antagonist” every two years to maintain their license.  Newly licensed dentists, including dental school graduates, are required to complete the course within one year of attaining their West Virginia license.   Contract WVDA for this required course.