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DD0037: Clinical Orientation for the Alaska Area Dental Provider Fall 2023

Date: 10/10/2023 - 10/12/2023
Course Status: Completed
Facility: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Location: Anchorage, AK
Level: Basic
Audience: Dentists, DHA
Quota: 5 - 20 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 20.00 (Total CDE); 4.00 (AGD - 310); 2.00 (AGD - 340); 2.00 (AGD - 370); 4.00 (AGD - 430); 2.00 (AGD - 490); 6.00 (AGD - 550)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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This course will cover specific challenges of dentistry in Alaska with topics on oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, cusp protected restorations, molar substitution, serial extractions, dental public health, opioid misuse and pain management. The course will have both lecture and hands on training components.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the indications for a cusp protected restoration versus a full coverage crown.
2. Discuss material selection and preparation design for cusp protected restoration.
3. Review current and classic literature regarding cusp protected restorations.
4. Be able to identify subjective and objective characteristics of mandible fractures, deep space infections, and pathology that may require oral surgery intervention.
5. Be able to stabilize or optimize a patient with a mandible fracture, deep space infection, or invasive pathology in a timely manner.
6. Apply and remove arch bars.
7. Describe acute conditions of the periodontium
8. Understand surgical flap design.
9. Understand basic suturing techniques.
10. Be able to identify the differences between a Private Practice and Public Health approach to dentistry.
11. Be able to recognize situations where conservative treatment alternatives and minimally invasive dentistry may be indicated.
12. Describe how to effectively communicate with patients using motivational interviewing to set realistic expectations and increase trust
13. Participants will gain confidence in treatment planning for pediatric patients
14. Participants will learn indications and techniques for pulpal therapy in primary teeth and practice pulpotomy and SSC restorations
15. Participants will be able to recognize eruption difference and make appropriate referrals
16. Understand Predictors of Space Closure after Extractions of First Molars
17. Understand the difference between compensated and uncompensated extractions
18. Understand timing and other important considerations for serial extractions in rural Alaska
19. Identify how dentists may be contributing to the opioid epidemic
20. Identify the psychological and physiological factors of opioid misuse and addiction
21. Identify non-opioid methods of managing orofacial pain
22. Participant will gain an understanding of the general principles of public health as they pertain to dental practice in the Alaska Tribal Health System.
23. Participants will learn the 4 types of dental health aides and how they are regulated.
24. Participants will learn the minimum requirements for DHA supervision and where to find the federal regulations which define how DHA supervision must be carried out.

Speaker / Presenter:

Sarah Shoffstall-Cone — Personal Description / Biography not available. For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Megan Milder — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Max Klingenstein — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Thomas Wanat — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

KIM HORT — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Dane Lenaker — Orthodontics For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Nhi Huynh — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Bridget DeYoung — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

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


Must be an Alaska dentist or DHAT.

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.