CEU & Health Courses

Hands on Refresher: Digital Radiology, Periodontal Instrumentation and Local Anesthesia Techniques
If you are re-entering the workforce or currently a Registered Dental Hygienist and would like to refresh your clinical techniques in critical aspects of dental hygiene procedures, this course is for you!  After a lecture review on all three topics, the participant will have 1:4 clinical instructor/participant ratio with digital radiography on a “Dexter” mannequin; hands-on periodontal instrumentation techniques on typodonts and local anesthesia techniques on each other with a practice needle so no need to receive local anesthesia. Suggestions for optimal ergonomics will be addressed. A simulator mouth model will also be available to confirm that you are in the “correct area” for various injection techniques. Light breakfast included. Bring lunch. (8 hours, 8 CEUs)  $550
Note:  No local anesthetic will be used. 
At the completion you will:

  1. Identify important hard and soft tissue landmarks for various maxillary and mandibular nerve blocks.
  2. Demonstrate proper needle placement and syringe angle for various injection techniques.
  3. Implement strategies to troubleshoot inadequate or absence of local anesthesia.
  4. Discuss issues related to grasp, fulcrums, exploring, and probing.
  5. Review key effective and efficient instrumentation strategies related to hand instrumentation.
  6. Identify common pitfalls in instrumentation and strategies to avoid them.
  7. Recognize criteria for diagnostically acceptable intraoral radiographic images.
  8. Identify strategies to manage challenges and obstacles to diagnostic outcomes.
  9. Demonstrate effective intraoral radiographic troubleshooting techniques, including managing third molars, tori, and long roots.

Instructors:  MacPherson, Rider, Shutoff  
Choose from 2 Course Dates:
Saturday, June 22 OR November 16
Lowell MA campus from 8:30a - 5p
Course Number CAR 505-80
To enroll: email career_training@middlesex.edu 

Dental Radiography: Putting Theory to Practice
Online via Zoom:  2 hours, 2 CEUs
This online refresher course will provide the dental radiographer the basic principles of x-ray production and biology. The fundamentals of intraoral radiographic exposures and interpretation will be reviewed, as well as troubleshooting common challenges through technique and armamentarium modifications. Attendees will leave with reinforced understanding of and confidence in dental radiography theory and application in patient care. Course is open to any dental professional working with x-ray production. $55

 Define x-radiation and explain the basic steps of x-ray production.
 Describe the biological effects of ionizing radiation on a living organism.
 Outline fundamental principles of intraoral radiographic exposure selection and technique.
 Identify features of normal anatomy and common deviations from health in the interpretation process.
 Troubleshoot challenging intraoral exposures through technique and armamentarium modification.
Course Number HLT 759-75
Saturday, October 26, 2024 from 8a - 10a
Professor: Shutoff

Improved Local Anesthesia Outcomes for the Dental Professional
This CE course will provide the participant with an overview how to troubleshoot local anesthesia problems including how to pick the correct local anesthetic to give you best outcome. Information on how to prevent and manage both local and systemic complications that can arise from the administration of local anesthesia will also be covered. 4 hours, 4 CEUs.  $109
Open to any dental professional.
Professor: Debra November-Rider, RDH, MSDH
Course Date:  November 2, 2024 from 9a – 1p
Course Number HLT 748-75
Online via Zoom

At completion, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe basic troubleshooting principles.
  2. Apply troubleshooting techniques for various maxillary and mandibular nerve block injections.
  3. Assess causes for inadequate local anesthesia and make recommendations for improvement.
  4. Implement strategies to troubleshoot inadequate or absence of local anesthesia.
  5. Identify how to choose the safest and most effective local anesthetic for your patient.
  6. Describe the different local complications that can arise from the administration of local anesthesia.
  7. Identify the causes of adverse drug reactions (ADR) in the administration of local anesthesia.
  8. Summarize all the causes of a local anesthetic overdose and how to prevent and manage it from occurring.

Medical Emergencies for the RDH and CDA

Medical emergencies do occur in the dental setting, and we all need to be prepared!  This course will provide participants with guidelines for preventing and managing medical emergencies.  Prevention strategies will include reviewing the patient medical history, obtaining medical consultations and modifying treatment for medically compromised patients.  Participants will learn how to conduct a patient risk evaluation, the importance of emergency equipment in the office, and how to manage common medical emergencies as part of the dental team.  3 hours, 3 CEUs.  $65
At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Assess a patient’s emergency risk
  • Request necessary physician consultations before providing treatment
  • Modify treatment to prevent emergencies from occurring
  • Assemble an emergency medical kit
  • Describe basic medical emergency management protocol
  • Recognize the clinical signs and symptoms of common medical emergencies

November 9, 2024      9:30am - 12:30pm       Saturday              Professor: DR. TERKOSKI
Lowell MA campus                                 
Course Number:  HLT 721 80       
Safe & Effective Local Anesthesia
Do you know why when you give an IANB, you do not achieve complete anesthesia or anesthesia at all? What is the safest local anesthetic for your pregnant patient, cardiac patient, or a patient with liver disease? What new advances are there in dental local anesthesia? This presentation will address how to ensure the safest anesthetic for your patient, and how to troubleshoot and improve your injection techniques. A review of how to calculate the MRD to prevent toxicity will be covered including other risk management principles for safe local anesthesia administration. Lecture class only; no clinical component.  Course is a live webinar and not recorded,  4 hours, 4 CEUs.  $109 
Next Session TBA      9:00am - 1:00pm             
Online via Zoom
Course Number  HLT 744-75          
Presenter:  Debra November - Rider                                              

Nutrition Considerations for the Dental Professional
This course provides participants with a review of core nutrition concepts with a focus on oral health. We will explore the foundations of a nutritionally balanced diet and the implications of diet and nutrition on oral health, both broadly and in consideration of specific populations and life stages. Participants will be empowered to confidently apply their diet and nutrition knowledge in their clinical practice and further support the health and healthy actions of their patients. 3 CEUs, 3 hours $65
Course Objectives: After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the essential nutrients and describe their functions, common dietary sources, imbalance manifestations, and oral health implications.
  • Describe the key elements of a balanced diet.
  • Explain the roles of diet and nutrition in caries risk.
  • Explain the roles of diet and nutrition in periodontal health.
  • Discuss the implications of diet and nutrition on oral health across life stages and specific populations.
  • Discuss how to perform a dietary assessment in the dental setting and apply findings in effective patient education.
  • Identify evidence-based nutrition resources for clinicians and patients.

Next Session Date TBA


Refining Local Anesthesia – A Hands-on Review
If you have been administering local anesthesia for 2 years or 20 years and would like to refine your technique or learn various troubleshooting techniques to improve your effectiveness, this hands-on course is for you! We will review various maxillary and mandibular nerve blocks, but specific injection techniques administered will be determined by YOU. The goal is to have you become comfortable again with injection techniques that you have already been taught or to troubleshoot any barriers that you have encountered.   Note: this class does not meet the requirements as a recertification course.  Participants must submit the following forms to MCC:  Medical History form, Consent form, Dental or Dental Hygiene license, CPR Cert Card, permit to administer local anesthesia (RDH), or proof that you have passed an anesthesia certification course (RDH) within two years on this course date.  3-hour lecture; 4-hour clinical where participants will sit as a patient.  7 CEUs awarded upon successful completion. $400. Course Objectives:

  1. Describe what structures the trigeminal innervate for both maxillary and mandibular nerve blocks.
  2. Identify important hard and soft tissue landmarks for various maxillary and mandibular nerve blocks.
  3. Describe the various troubleshooting techniques to make your injections more accurate and successful.
  4. Demonstrate proper local anesthesia technique for various nerve block injections.
  5. Demonstrate how to redirect for the inferior alveolar nerve block to make it successful.
  6. Compare and contrast the different local anesthetic drugs to formulate a safe treatment plan.

Next Session Date TBA           Professor:  NOVEMBER-RIDER
Lowell, MA campus                
Course Number:  HLT 788 80         


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