2014 Midwinter Speakers


Thursday Evening - January 16th

Dr. Dennis Sommers
Ethics & Jurisprudence

The daily practice of dentistry is filled with decisions. The what, when, where and how of such decisions can present a mine-field of ethical dilemmas. What can we hang our hats on when deciding ethically how and what to do? Dr. Dennis Sommers will share insight, strategies and resources that aid dental professionals in navigating ethical decision making. A discussion of North Dakota laws that impact these practice decisions will also be shared. This course is approved by the NDSBODE for two hours of C.E. credit fulfilling ND license requirements in ethics and jurisprudence. Dr. Sommers is a Past President of the North Dakota Dental Association and a current member of the Counsel on Membership, Ethics and Judicial Concerns of the American Association of Orthodontists.


Friday, January 17th

Dr. John S. Olmsted WILL PRESENT:

“35 Endo Tips From 35 Years of Practice” (6CE)

Endodontics requires a high level of technical skills and biological understanding. Dr. Olmsted will share his 35 endo tips for: 15 steps of diagnosis; local anesthetics, access, and isolation; the newest in rotary and reciprocation instrumentation; negative apical pressure biochemical irrigation; warm vertical obturation; restoration with fiber posts; and postoperative care.

Biographical Information:

Dr. John S. Olmsted is past President of the American Association of Endodontists, and past General Chairperson of the American Dental Association 2004 Orlando, FL Meeting.  John has been active in a group endodontic practice in Greensboro, NC, teaching, lecturing, and professional dental organizations for the past 35 years.

Preventative Maintenance Workshop Sponsored by Henry Schein Dental and Patterson Dental:

Two of our local dental supply companies will be providing a hands-on workshop geared towards preventative maintenance, proper sterilization and troubleshooting on dental office equipment. They will be covering vacuum/compressors, chairs/lights, sterilizers, ultrasonics and handpiece repair. Patterson will also provide training on ergonomics. These workshops will provide you with information to troubleshoot your equipment when down. They will also discuss routine preventative maintenance to help extend the life of equipment and prevent costly downtime.