DATE: Sunday, March 24, 2024

TIME: Lecture: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

LOCATION: Loma Linda University School of Dentistry - 11092 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350

LUNCH: Box lunches provided for working lunch session

TUITION: $195 DDS / $145 AUX

CREDIT: This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 7 units of continuing education.

AGD Code: 148 & 563

Christian Johnston, JD

School of Public Health
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

California Dental Practice Act


This seminar meets the California Dental Board Requirement for mandatory continuing education on the Dental Practice Act.


  • Scope of practice issues
  • Unprofessional conduct
  • Drug prescribing & recordation regulations
  • Patient consent laws
  • Continuing education requirements
  • Advertising regulations
  • Office registration
  • Mandatory reporting requirements

Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS

Instructor, Department of Dental Hygiene
West Coast University
Anaheim, CA

Infection Control and COVID-19 Interim Recommendations


Update your knowledge of the most important issues in clinical safety. Are you clear on how to handle ordinary and extraordinary infectious diseases? This class blends science with reality; reviewing CDC Guidelines and State regulations for Infection Control. Updates include challenges such as aerosol transmitted diseases (ATD’s) and evolving / resistant pathogens. Stay informed and stay safe.


Attendees will understand options to manage:

  • Bloodborne, contact, droplet and airborne diseases.
  • Biofilms.
  • Skin disorders, including allergies.
  • Current, immediate health concerns.
  • Reasonable precaution strategies.

Alireza Hayatshahi, PHARMD, BCPS, BCIDP, AAHIVP, APH

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Loma Linda University, School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Dental Education

Opioid Utilization in Dental Practice: Clinical Rationalization, Regulatory and Requirements for Prescribing


Update your knowledge of the most important issues in utilization of opioids in dental practice. The focus of this session is on a) Highlights of the 2022 CDC guidelines on opioid use in acute pain management b) Pharmacology, ADRs, and clinical justification of when to utilize opioids to control pain during and post-dental procedures, and c) Regulations on opioid prescribing.


  • Review local anesthetics, anxiolytics, and non-opioid analgesics.
  • Review opioid agents.
  • Drug prescribing & recordation regulations
  • Discuss strategies of how to approach pain management.
  • Discuss current healthcare concerns on overutilization and underutilization of opioids, opioid use disorder, diversion, and strategies to minimize these issues.
  • Review of the regulations of opioid prescribing in dental practice.

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