UNMC - Update on Moderate/Minimal Procedural Sedation

Available Online February 5 through February 28, 2021 - This 6-hour course has been modified to be totally remote for 2021. We will substitute videos demonstrating proper performance of the various psychomotor skills, instead of the usual hands on stations.  In addition, there will be a multiple-choice question quiz that must be answered correctly to receive credit. This course meets the educational requirements for maintaining a minimal or moderate sedation permit for the State of Nebraska


2021 annual session – April 23, 2021 

Maskerade Cover The Nebraska Dental Association (NDA) has been adaptable to change over the past year and we believe that we will be stronger because of it.  This year the Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to move to an all virtual meeting for 2021.  This decision was made for several reasons.  First, our primary speaker, Dr. Odiatu, is from Canada, and their strict travel restrictions would make it very difficult for him to travel and appear in-person. Dr. Odiatu has not yet been vaccinated, and even if he has the vaccination by April, the travel restrictions would require him to take a Covid test before leaving Canada and before coming back, as well as quarantining for 14 days upon his return.  Since he also has a dental practice this requirement would place an undue hardship on him.  Second, based on the survey of our membership, only 39% of our membership said they would attend if both speakers were in-person and only 32% would attend if one speaker was in-person.  Finally, the Board felt that in order to be fiscally responsible with the NDA funds, it was in our best interests to incur the least amount of damages. Although we would have loved nothing more than to meet in person, we believe that this is the right decision and we hope that you will help us to make this virtual meeting as successful as any of our in-person meetings!

We want you to know that we did not make this decision lightly and considered all of our options, including postponing the meeting until later in the year. Unfortunately there were no viable dates available at the hotel that could be coordinated with the speakers.   

The NDA is looking to contract with a company to professionally stream both speaker presentations. The platform will enable you to ask questions of the speaker during the presentation which will be answered prior to the end of the session.  Following the presentation you will take a short quiz after which you can print off your CE slip.  The presentations will also be recorded so that you can watch them at your leisure. The CE will not only help you and your team fulfill the necessary CE requirements, but it will help your practice grow and flourish!

As we get closer to the meeting we will provide you with information on how to register you and your staff to attend the virtual meeting.  Stay tuned! 


Uche OdiatuDr. Uche Odiatu


Dr Uche Odiatu is the author of The Miracle of Health, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist in Toronto. This busy dad of four is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and has lectured in England, Canada, the USA, the Bahamas, Denmark, Bermuda and Norway. www.DrUche.com / Twitter @FitSpeakers / Instagram @FitSpeakers

“The Value Added New Patient Exam / Recare Exam: FIVE Patient Lifestyle Habits that Influence Healing”

DescriptionOur patients don’t leave their stressful jobs, poor sleeping patterns (insomnia, apnea, snoring), their physical fitness (or lack) or their eating patterns (mindless eating & evening feeding frenzies) in the car before they sit in our chair. There’s irrefutable scientific evidence that these habits have the ability to ramp up inflammation or dial it down. Well adjusted, rested, physically active, healthy eating patients enjoy a physiology that supports a better response to our prevention/restorative interventions. In this high energy entertaining program be prepared to have your hair blown back.

Discover how eating habits have the ability to dial down or ramp inflammation and how it affects your treatment outcomes;

Learn why it’s important to identify the sleep deprived (not just apnea) patient in your practice;

Understand why your sedentary patients don't heal as well as your active living patients. ALERT 85% of your patients lead sedentary lives;

Gain greater insight into the relationship between chronic inflammation & disease;

Develop a conversation style to positively impact your patient at the new patient & recare exam.

ORAL MEDICINE: “Do Your Patients Have the Guts to Enjoy Oral Health?”

Do your patients have the guts to douse the flames of inflammation? Our patient's gut flora make very powerful anti-inflammatory agents when fed key nutrients. Learn what impacts gut integrity: antibiotics, jet lag, fast food, artificial sweeteners & what we dental pros can do! The latest science from the National Institute of Health shows the microbiome impacts overall health as much as our genes. Dental industry people are the key professionals to ensure optimum functioning of the masticatory system. Attend this insightful session & enjoy a novel path to lower patients' inflammatory burden

Learning Outcomes:

1. Gain insight into the science of the human microbiome;

2. Learn why NEW findings about your patients’ gut flora are shaking the very foundation of health care & nutrition;

3. Understand why the dental professional is perfectly positioned to help ALL people live more vibrant lives NOW;

4. The level of your gut health influences your immune system, metabolism, digestion, energy levels and emotional well-being;

5. Discover the foundational role of your patient's gut integrity & inflammation.

MaguireHeadshotDr. Robert Maguire

Biography:  Dr. Maguire is a Navy Veteran who got his D.D.S. degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1984. He completed Bachelor of Arts at the University of New Hampshire in 1980 and Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership at Seton Hall University in 2009. He is a Past President of the New Hampshire Dental Society serving from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Maguire is a fellow in the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the New Hampshire Dental Society and the Speaking Consulting Network. In addition to these credentials, he is also a certified trainer for the DISC Personality Assessment Tool. Early in his career, Dr. Maguire became an avid student of both the Dawson Center and the Pankey Institute, completing all of their week-long continuums. It was the "Pankey Philosophy" that inspired him to continually develop his technical and communication skills.

For 28 years, Dr. Maguire had a fee-for-service solo private practice in Wolfeboro, NH. His practice thrived without the influence of PPOs or Premiere programs with set fees. He attributes his success to the deep relationships he made with his patients and team. Retiring financially secure at age 60, Dr. Maguire founded Dynamic Dental Communications where he now specializes in coaching and teaching dentists and their teams how to be effective communicators. “I want dentists and their teams to thrive rather than survive,” says Dr. Maguire. The ultimate goal is to help dentists and their teams experience more joy, more professional fulfillment, and more financial success in their lives and in their practices. www.dynamicdentalcomm.com.

“The Economics of Great Communication”

In this course, Dr. Maguire will explore the importance and benefits of great communication within a dental practice. This is an area that is rarely spoken about in dental continuing education courses and yet from Dr. Maguire’s experience, great communication leads to more satisfied patients, increased happiness, greater job satisfaction and improved profitability.

In the morning session you will learn:

1. What is great communication?

2. What are the benefits to a dental practice?

3. What is rapport and the necessary steps to improve it?

4. The Building Blocks for Practice Success.

In the afternoon session you will:

1. Learn about the Pathway to Great Communication.

2. Have brainstorming sessions to examine your written and oral communication.

3. Develop a priority list and a communication action plan to apply on Monday morning.

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2020 NDA Annual Session Speakers

NDA Member Only Access to Dr. Griffin and Amy Kirsch Recorded CE

March 30 Update:

Dr. Anderson, Chair of the Board of Dentistry has confirmation that DHHS has the ability to interpret the CE audits locally and that we can press on with online/correspondence CE, without limits, and still have it count against the 30 hours every 2 years without penalty if audited.