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Dental Assistant Registration Course and Examination

Dental Assistant Registration courseCourse Director: Peggy Hernandez, RDA, CDA
As of September 1, 2006 the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is requiring that Dental Assistants attend a course to prepare them to pass an examination. The examination will cover the three main topics of Jurisprudence, Infection Control, and Radiology, which will be offered at the end of each module. This course is intended to provide sufficient information to permit dental assistants to gain knowledge and understanding of the critical concepts associated with each of these areas of registration in order to facilitate success at the time of examination. Tuition fee of US $65.00Eight(8) hours of didactic continuing dental education. preview, register

Nitrous Oxide Conscious Sedation (for Dentists only)

Nitrous Oxide Conscious SedationCourse Director: Ernest E. Valdez, DDS
If you wish to be certified in Nitrous Oxide Administration following completion of this portion of the course, you may sign up to participate in the clinical/hands-on portion of the certification at the Dental School for a fee in the amount of US $312.00.
To apply for the clinical/hands-on portion (after you have completed the didactic portion) leading to certification, call the Office of Continuing Dental Education
at (210) 567-3177. Tuition fee of US $247.50Nine(9) hours of didactic continuing dental education.
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Monitoring the Administration of Nitrous Oxide (for Dental Hygienists and Assistants)

Nitrous Oxide Conscious Sedation MonitoringCourse Director: Ernest E. Valdez, DDS
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners offers an optional Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants. This course will cover: History and Safety, Patient Monitoring, Effects of N2O, etc. This program is intended to provide sufficient information to dental hygienists and dental assistants to gain knowledge and to understand their responsibility of monitoring the patients when they assist their dentist during the administration of nitrous oxide. Tuition fee of US $100.00Nine(9) hours of didactic continuing dental education. preview, register

Ergonomics in Pain Management (including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)

Ergonomics in Pain Management for Dental ProfessionalsCourse Director: Harold L. Meador, DDS
Changes in dentistry and periodontics are putting more pressure on the dental professional. More occupational pain is the result of an increased physical workload that can lead to neuromusculoskeletal problems.To help the dental professional cope with a demanding work load, this course will address those needs by considering how fatigue reduction and time control contribute to stress management and efficiency. New insights from orthopaedics and ergonomics research explain problems from past instrumentation techniques. This new information is incorporated in an instrumentation technique that can improve working conditions for the hygienist. To contact Dr. Meador, via e-mail (biocentricseminars@satx.rr.com) with individual questions, concerns, or comments. This course is divided into five chapters. Completion of each individual chapter (including a quiz) will require approximately 30 minutes to an hour of time. Tuition fee of US $97.50Seven(7) hours of didactic continuing dental education. preview, register

Instrument Sharpening

Instrument SharpeningCourse Director: HAROLD L. MEADOR, D.D.S.
Instrument sharpening continues to be a mystery. Working with dull instruments increase the physical demands on the operator and the discomfort of the patient while providing a sub-standard result. There have been many methods developed but a method that will provide sharp instruments one hundred percent of the time will be presented. Since it takes only twelve to fifteen strokes to dull a curet, it becomes obvious that chair side sharpening is essential for maximum efficiency. Tuition fee of US $47.50one(1) hour of didactic continuing dental education. preview, register

OSHA update: The Ins and Outs of Germ Warfarenow in video streaming format!

OSHA 2017 update: The Ins and Outs of Germ WarfareCourse Director: Geza T. Terezhalmy, DDS, MA
This course introduces evidence based information that will facilitate compliance with 29CFR Part 1910.1030, Occupational Exposure to Blood borne Pathogens, Final Rule (Federal Register 56(235): 64004-182, 64004-182, 1991 and the implementation of recommendations made by other federal, state, and local Agencies and professional organizations. The course is comprised of three Sections which must be taken sequentially. A test will be completed at the end of each section. • Tuition fee of US $97.50Three(3) hours of didactic continuing dental education. preview, register