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DD0047: 2022 IHS National Dental Challenges Course for Dentists [VIRTUAL-Live Event]

Date: 6/01/2022 - 6/15/2022
Course Status: Completed
Facility: Online
Location: Online
Level: Review
Audience: Dentists
Quota: 5 - 100 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 19.50 (Total CDE); 2.00 (AGD - 070); 2.00 (AGD - 310); 2.00 (AGD - 340); 2.00 (AGD - 370); 4.00 (AGD - 430); 2.00 (AGD - 490); 3.50 (AGD - 550); 1.00 (AGD - 610); 1.00 (AGD - 670)
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In 2018, we created the first IHS National Dental Challenges Course, replacing the 2-4 Area/regional Challenges courses that were occasionally held in the past. The National Challenges Course is designed to be an orientation course for new dentists - dentists with less than 5 years of experience in an IHS, Tribal, or Urban dental program. This course is taught by the IHS National Dental Specialty Consultants and relays standards of care for IHS dental programs. Whether a new dental graduate or a seasoned private practice dentist but new to the IHS, this course has something to offer to all newer dentists. Hear from our national experts in an easy-to-learn virtual environment!

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
8:30 – 9:00 Overview of the Indian Health Service, Part 1 [Structure, Workforce] – RADM Tim Ricks, Deputy Director
9:00 – 11:00 Principles in Periodontics: Diagnosis, Classification, Treatment, and Referral – CDR Eric Jewell, IHS National Perio Consultant
1:00 – 3:00 Principles in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: Case Selection, Emergencies, Equipment – Dr. Amy Suhr, IHS National OMFS Consultant
3:00 – 5:00 Principles in Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics: Case Selection, Design, Payment, Etc. – CAPT Thomas Gunnell, IHS National Prosth Consultant
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
8:30 – 9:00 Overview of the Indian Health Service, Part 2 [Budget/PRC] – Dr. Tim Lozon, Director
9:00 – 11:00 Principles in Endodontics: Case Selection, Emergencies – LCDR Emily Ikahihifo, IHS National Endo Consultant
1:00 – 3:00 Principles in Dental Anesthesia: Techniques, Products, and Problems – Dr. Greg Sikora, IHS National Anesthesia Consultant
3:00 – 5:00 Principles in Orthodontics: Case Selection for the GP, Obligations, Referrals – CDR Amber Foster, IHS National Ortho Consultant
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
8:30 – 9:00 Overview of the Indian Health Service, Part 3 [Levels of Care, GPRA, Efficiency & Effectiveness] – RADM Tim Ricks, Deputy Director
9:00 – 11:00 Principles of Dental Public Health: Surveillance, Community-Based, Social Determinants, HPDP – CDR Sarah Shoffstall-Cone, IHS National DPH Consultant
1:00 – 3:00 Principles in Pediatric Dental Care, Part 1: ECC, MID, SDF, FV, and Sealants – CDR Scott Williams, IHS National Pedo Co-Consultant
3:00 – 5:00 Principles in Pediatric Dental Care, Part 2: Space Maintenance, Behavior Management, Referrals – CDR Brian Talley, IHS National Pedo Co-Consultant

Learning Objectives:

Below are learning objectives for each of the sessions.

1. Describe diagnosis of endodontic disease;
2. Describe the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of endodontic emergencies and trauma; and
3. List the standards of care in endodontics in IHS, tribal, and urban settings.

1. Explain the main causes of periodontal disease;
2. Describe how the 2017 periodontal classification system is used; and
3. Discuss appropriate treatment for periodontitis, and when to refer to a Periodontist.

1. Explain why certain malocclusions require early intervention from an orthodontist;
2. Recognize dental and skeletal problems that indicate interceptive, limited, and comprehensive orthodontic treatment; and
3. Describe what orthodontic treatment the general or pediatric dentist can provide.

1. Describe levels of sedation and anesthesia and current terminology related to those levels;
2. Explain which products are commonly used in the application of anesthesia techniques; and
3. Identify common anesthesia complications and strategies to avoid them.

1. Define Angle’s Classifications of occlusion and how they relate to fixed and removable restorations;
2.   Explain the basic principles of case design for fixed and removable restorations; and
3.   Describe several different payment options for fixed and removable laboratory bills as applicable in IHS and tribal settings.

1. Recognize medical conditions and medications to be cautious with prior to performing oral surgical cases;
2. Understand and recognize medical emergencies; and
3. Implement and gain knowledge in basic emergency management skills.

1. Describe the different types of space maintainers and the usage indications for each;
2.   Understand different child personalities and effective behavior management techniques for different personality types; and
3.   Determine if a referral to a specialist will be necessary to deliver appropriate and safe care.

1. Understand general principles of public health dentistry as they pertain to IHS and tribal settings;
2. Compare and contrast the public health and private practice delivery models; and
3. Identify the relationship of social determinants of health on oral health status and access to care.

1. Describe the composition of the Indian Health Service, differentiating between different types of IHS, tribal, and urban programs and Areas;
2. Define and list examples of each of the Levels of Care; and
3. Describe the Purchase and Referred Care program and its applicability to dental programs in IHS and tribal settings.

1. Describe the overall agency budget process and where to find budget information resources;
2. Define the purpose of the operations plan to carry out budget execution; and
3. Explain the Purchased and Referred Care program and where to find answers to frequently asked questions.

1. Define and diagnose early childhood caries;
2. List and implement minimally invasive dentistry procedures; and
3. Identify the preventive benefits of fluoride varnish and dental sealants, and describe indications in the selection of glass ionomer vs. resin sealants.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). 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. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at


Participants must meet the following requirements to participate:

1. Must be a dentist.
2. Must be working currently in an IHS, tribal, or urban dental program.
3. Must have worked in an IHS, tribal, or urban dental program for 5 years or less, regardless of overall years of experience.

Tuition Payment Information:

Please Make Checks Payable to: Indian Health Service.

Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.