Dental Assistant Curriculum Added to ICPPD Pediatric Dentistry Seminar

Posted on September 11, 2015

HOUSTON, TEXAS, August 14, 2015 — The Institute for the Clinical Practice of Pediatric Dentistry (ICPPD) said today that its upcoming “Practical Approaches in Pediatric Dentistry” seminar will include a curriculum designed for dental assistants. The 16 CE credit event, scheduled for October 16-17 in Las Vegas, will take place at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine.

Seminar attendees work alongside ICPPD’s experienced instructors and learn how to transform their practices by successfully treating pediatric patients while increasing production and productivity. The “Practical Approaches in Pediatric Dentistry” course exposes practicing clinicians to proven “game-changing” products and techniques rather than just theory or research. Lectures cover topics such as practical and efficient treatment planning, while hands-on experience with some of the most innovative products available for pediatric restorative dentistry enhances attendees’ competence in practicing a broad range of the newest restorative techniques. Through this combination of interactive discussion and hands-on training, attending doctors develop practical expertise that can be immediately implemented once they return to their practices.

ICPPD’s survey of attendees of its inaugural April seminar yielded uniformly strong reviews, as well as two ideas for enhancing the organization’s second seminar in October. The first enhancement, announced by ICCPD’s directors two weeks ago, is to incorporate Track I classes for attendees who are less experienced with pediatric dentistry and Track II classes for pediatric dentists and general practitioners who are already expert in the field. The second enhancement being announced today is to offer a separate curriculum for dental assistants.

“For any dental practice to achieve its full potential, it is essential that the entire staff be up-to-date in terms of 2 both clinical and business operations,” said ICPPD director Roger G. Sanger, DDS, MS. “By offering a special curriculum designed for dental assistants, we can ensure that the staff members attending our seminar will be fully in sync with their doctors when they return to their practices to implement the game-changing skills they develop in Las Vegas.”

Rhea Haugseth, DDS joins the current ICPPD faculty (Roger Sanger DDS, MS; Ray Stewart, DMD, MS; William (Bill) F. Waggoner DDS, MS; and Stephen Wilson, DMD, MA, PhD) to lead the new Dental Assistant Course. Together these instructors represent over 200 years of pediatric dentistry experience. Dr. Haugseth has over 38 years of clinical experience as both a general dentist and pediatric dentist. She is a past President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (only the second woman to hold this position), a past President of the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a past President of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Believing that the best asset a dentist can have is the dental team, Dr. Haugseth has been a pioneer in the education of pediatric dental assistants. In 2013, she established the Pediatric Dental Assistant School in her office to provide didactic and clinical training for dental assistants.

Sponsors of the event will be DOCS Education, Hu-Friedy, Isolite Systems, MacPractice, NuSmile Pediatric Crowns, and SmileSavvy. Course attendees will stay at the luxurious Venetian Resort.

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