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Medical Management in Public Health Dental Settings (ONLINE)


with John P. Ahern

Calendar Jan 23, 2021 at 9 am

This course addresses systemic conditions and diseases with emphasis on dental hygiene treatment planning, the management of dental and medical emergencies in alternative dental settings and includes a pharmacology review for common disease states. An update on the “new normal” for infection control procedures and use of preprocedural mouth rinses.

Date: January 23, 2021 (Course opens January 18,2021 ONLINE - delegates should access and review material and take the pretest prior to LIVE online class January 23, 9:00am - 4:00PM.)

Times: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

CEUs: 6

Will run

Teledentistry & the Changing Dental World - A Featured Program for the Dental Community (Online)


with John Echternach, DDS

Calendar Feb 10, 2021 at 6 pm

Online:  February 10, 6pm - 8pm

Has there been a shift in the Dental Industry from the 20th Century into the 21st Century?  Have the economics of the Dental Industry changed?Are there changes in the demographics in the Dental Industry?

Does the current, long adhered to model of the 'Dentist Office' as the 'Operating Delivery System' - a 'drill and fill, fee-for-service' still serve the general public and the dental profession as it was originally intended?

The answers to these questions will vary depending on whom you ask. Overwhelmingly, there are many factors and shifts in society that point towards an industry that is thriving, as did the dinosaurs immediately prior to the big meteor strike. The difference here is that there are a thousand different, small meteors; and their strikes are mostly going unnoticed or being blatantly ignored.

Historically, all industries go through seismic shifts. The buzz term today is “Disruptive Innovation.” This simply means it isn’t really about new products or systems. It is the application of current systems and technologies found outside of an existing industry. I think the changes that the Dental Industry will go through in the next 10-15 years will cause us to question the current dental-care delivery system. I believe we will see startling changes that are uncontrollable, and that no one person or organization will be able to stop.

Here is the most important question, “Can we adapt now? The answer is yes. We can start by allowing dental-staff members to implement authorized clinical procedures. This would result in more staff providing more dental care with fewer dentists. The primary role of the dentist would be to create treatment-planning and supervise the clinical care provided by these staff members.

One way to do this today, immediately, is using available and mundane technologies. Telehealth has shown itself to be extremely helpful during our current pandemic. In dentistry, this is referred to as Teledentistry (TD).

This course will outline how TD, given the opportunity, can be used, and what we can teach our Public Health Dental Hygienists to implement TD

Program Outline:

A)    Definition of Teledentistry: Explanation of the different levels of Teledentistry (TD) and necessary technology to achieve these levels.

B)     Brief overview of present state of traditional dental-care delivery systems. This includes updated statistical data showing severity of dental disease within different demographic groups.

C)     Who does TD connect? The program will identify the different participants and how they connect to each other. These participants include primary dental-care provider, patient, supervising dentist, dental specialists, and any other primary-level healthcare provider. Explanation of how these connections are more easily created and how more easily clinical findings can be transferred.

D)    How to select the correct TD software platform.

E)     Explanation of different clinical-care models and their participants.  Primarily, we have two areas: the preventive models and preventive/restorative models. This section also covers the contractual arrangements that these participants have with one another and with any outside entity involved in either supervision or reimbursement.

F)    Proper use of clinical procedure codes (clinical CDT codes).  How these codes are used for integrating TD software into regular dental software for efficient and easy record keeping. How to optimize utilization for faster and more precise third party reimbursement.

G)   How TD will fit into the changing dental-care delivery structures of the future.

Dental Office Emergencies- Is Your Team Prepared?


with Lisa Scott

Calendar Feb 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

Lecture and practice drills will focus on the prevention and management of medical emergencies in the dental office. Common systemic conditions, etiologies of disease, and risk assessment will be discussed.

CEUS: 2.5 Hours

PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT be officially registered and a seat will not be reserved for you until payment is submitted.

EFDA - Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
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EFDA - Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary


with Dawn Thompson

Calendar Feb 15, 2021


The EFDA 2021 program will run February 15 – May 9, 2021.    It will be a combination of online didactic instruction with full day pre-clinical instruction on Sundays and a one week intensive in mid-march.  

Tuition:     $7,500 – Payment is due at time of acceptance.  Typodont and text included.  Tuition does NOT include required loupe.


What is Expanded Function Dental Auxillary?

New Hampshire passed legislation and regulations to establish a new dental workforce provider: Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA).  An EFDA, already used in 30 states, provides assistance and additional efficiencies at dental practices and public health clinics.

The EFDA certification qualifies certified dental assistants and hygienists to place, contour, and adjust the materials used in restorative procedures, following the removal of decay by the dentist. After completing NHTI’s 270-hour training program, which includes 120 hours of clinical training with a sponsoring dentist, EFDA candidates must register with the N.H. Board of Dental Examiners. The candidate must work under the direct supervision of a licensed New Hampshire dentist and complete the required annual continuing education coursework.

Infection Control Practice (ICP) (Hybrid) Section 2


with Elizabeth Brown

Calendar Feb 20, 2021 at 8:30 am

With online and hands-on components, course topics include barrier techniques, limiting contamination, hand washing, handling of sharps, sterilization, disinfection, and disposal of waste materials. Participants must complete assignments online prior to clinical portion. 

Online Portion:
February 6 - February 20, 2021 (Must be completed prior to attending clinical portion)

Clinical Portion (NHTI Campus): Saturday, February 20, 2021, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Please note: 

  • Course not designed to meet annual OSHA training requirement. 
  • Course not required for dental assistant graduates from ADA accredited programs.

CEUs: 4 

Required documents: None

Personal Protective Equipment Requirements: Students must provide their own PPE.  Required PPE includes 2 surgical masks, N95, safety shield, gloves, scrubs, and a lab jacket.

PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT be officially registered and a seat will NOT be reserved for you until ALL necessary paperwork as well as payment is submitted.

Will run

Preliminary Oral Inspection (POI) (Hybrid) Section 2


with Danielle D'Alessandro

Calendar Feb 20, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Description: This covers the Introduction to Dental Assisting in 302.06. With online and hands-on components, this course prepares dental assistants to perform a preliminary oral inspection on patients and includes taking medical/dental histories, obtaining/reading vital signs, basic oral anatomy and terminology, and dental charting. Participants must complete assignments online prior to clinical portion.

Please note: Course not required for dental assistant graduates from ADA accredited programs; course not appropriate for RDH.

Online portion: February 6 - February 20, 2021

Clinical portion (NHTI CAMPUS): Saturday, February 20, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Macrury Hall, Room 140 (M140)

CEUs: 4 Hours

Prerequisites & required documents: Completed Employment Verification Form confirming a minimum 400 hours of chairside experience.

Please email your completed Employment Verification Form to as an attachment. Thank you.

Required materials provided by student: Manual blood pressure cuff and stethoscope.

PPE Requirements: Students must provide their own PPE.  Required PPE includes surgical masks, safety glasses, scrubs, lab coat, gloves, in addition to required blood pressure cuff and stethoscope.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be registered and a seat will NOT be reserved for you until ALL paperwork as well as payment is submitted.

Will run

Dental Sealants (Hybrid)


with Barbara Stowers

Calendar Feb 27, 2021 at 8:30 am

Lecture and clinical sessions provide an in-depth study of dental sealants. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the participant will be qualified to legally apply sealants in NH. The student will take the didactic, place sealants on extracted teeth and models and then place sealants under the supervision of their dentist.

Note:  This course is not required for Dental Assistant Graduates from ADA Accredited Programs; Course is not appropriate for RDH).

Online portion: February 6 - February 27, 2021 (Must be completed prior to attending linical portion)

Clinical Portion (AT NHTI): Saturday, February 27, 2021, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Prerequisites and required documents:

  • ADA Graduate Dental Assistant or proof of completion of POI and ICP courses (submit certificates)

Please email your certificates/diploma to as an attachment. Thank you.

CEUs: 8

Required Materials: Two extracted teeth MUST be provided by participant.

Personal Protective Equipment: Students must provide their own PPE. This class requires: 2 surgical masks, surgical caps, N95 mask, safety glasses, face shield, gloves, scrubs & lab jacket.

Will run

Evidence Based Dentistry for the Dental Professional (Online)


with Hope Saltmarsh

Calendar Feb 27, 2021 at 8:30 am

Course opens 2/15 2021 ONLINE - delegates should access and review material prior to LIVE online class 2/27, 8:30am - 3:30PM.

This course will be delivered entirely online. Attendees will need to use a PC, laptop, or tablet to participate. The course will include lecture and PPT slides, discussion, and demonstrations of techniques to conduct online searches to find the best levels of evidence available to answer clinical questions and discover implementation and other relevant types of evidence to inform public health professionals seeking to design, deliver, and appraise dental public health programs. Included in the course will be opportunities for attendees to conduct searches to answer clinical questions, as well as program component, delivery and appraisal questions. During the course attendees will be required to conduct their own guided online searches and to report back to the group their findings. The instructor will be available throughout these exercises to provide assistance, as needed.

The online course date is Saturday, 2/27/2021 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The course will open on CANVAS on Monday, 2/15/2021 to allow participants to review posted materials that will be useful before and after the course.

CEUs: 7.0 (5 hours didactic and 2 hours online lab)

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