2017 Featured Sessions

Updates in Maxillomandibular Advancement in the Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Learn how to effectively manage preemptive pain and use techniques to prevent major medical complications for maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during this session.

The continuing education course – based on the most up-to-date research – incorporates case studies of early postoperative medical complications. The session will present essential information on the long-term skeletal and upper airway stability of MMA for severe OSA.  

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the techniques of preoperative analgesia in pain management of MMA.
  2. Explain the long-term skeletal and airway stability provided by MMA.
  3. Describe the possible postoperative medical risks associated with MMA. 

Surgical Management of the Pediatric Cleft Lip and Palate Patient: From Early Bone Grafting, Distraction and Orthognathic Surgery

Cleft lip and palate surgery requires great involvement with the caregiver and other dental professionals. Attendees are invited to participate in this session to learn the most successful methods of cleft palate and lip surgery that lead to predictable results and reduce the burden of treatment.

Multiple case examples of cleft deformity – such as early alveolar bone grafting, distraction osteogenesis and orthognathic surgery – will be presented. The speakers also will discuss ways to communicate preoperative and postoperative expectations with patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of extraction of primary teeth, early secondary bone grafting, primary closure techniques, and efficient and safe iliac bone grafting.
  2. Explain the indications and timing and discuss the pearls and pitfalls of midface distraction.
  3. Describe the modifications of orthognathic surgery in cleft lip and palate to the patient. 

Career Development: Practice Models and Transition Strategies for Rising OMSs

Designed for OMS residents, this session on transitioning from residency to practice aims to provide participants with important non-clinical career information.

This course will feature multiple experienced speakers who will address contract negotiation, debt management and the changing landscapes in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Participants can ask questions during panel discussions and learn about the different practice models available upon graduation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand key elements in communication and negotiation during contract resolution.
  2. Develop an appreciation for alternative practice models.
  3. Recognize the importance of selecting an appropriate practice model that will bring personal fulfillment while ensuring financial success.

Learning Hub

The AAOMS Learning Hub, held in the Exhibit Hall, is an unconventional learning environment where attendees can test hands-on tools, techniques and/or resources to implement in their practice. Over the course of three days, nine session hosts will feature their equipment and provide information on the latest technology in the specialty.

View the full schedule at AAOMS.org/LearningHub.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants can:

  1. Experience a variety of cutting-edge technology hands-on.
  2. Learn about different products available to their practice. 
  3. Manage their practice’s online presence more effectively.
  4. Streamline HIPAA compliance between OMSs and their staff.
  5. Experiment with phone applications used for enhancing the patient-surgeon relationship. 

The Staff's Point of View: Effective Organization of the Crash Cart, Emergency Supplies and Equipment, and Sterile Technique

Have you ever been a part of, or witness to, an office emergency? Did it seem unorganized and chaotic?

Does your staff feel unprepared or under-trained in how to respond to emergencies in the office?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, plan to attend this practice management session. This presentation will cover the importance of a well-organized crash cart, regular emergency drills and educational opportunities to ensure your staff are well-prepared for an emergency.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Develop easy-to-use protocols for the crash cart and emergencies.
  2. Identify proper medications for use in common emergencies.
  3. Specify the basics of medications, how to use them and the proper sterile technique for using them.

This is a Practice Management Day Pass session.

Infection Control for 2017 Featuring One and Only One Safe Injection Practice in the OMS Setting

Safe injection practices are essential to prevent infection in patients and staff. Leslie, Canham, CDA, RDA, CSP, will cover safe practices, barrier protection and proper protocols for surface disinfection as well as correct hand hygiene procedures.

Participants will learn the steps for administering safe injections and be able to discern different levels of disinfection and correctly decontaminate clinical contact surfaces.

Checklists and charts will be provided that function as guidelines to help the OMS practice confirm it is properly conducting safe injections.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the steps for safe injection practices.
  2. Describe the levels of disinfection and decontamination of clinical contact surfaces.
  3. Determine the use of barrier protection and type of hand hygiene/product according to the type of procedure performed.

This is a Practice Management and Allied Staff Sessions Day Pass session.

Understanding Patient Safety ­– Minimizing Risk

Medical error is a pervasive problem that occurs frequently in healthcare and can consequently harm a patient. To help combat the dangers of medical error, David Todd, DMD, MD, and Jeffrey Bennett, DMD, will host this session and discuss active programs implemented by healthcare teams concerted to reduce medical errors.

Programs that can prevent or reduce a variety of errors – such as medication, surgery, anesthesia, diagnosis and communication – will be discussed.

All participants can benefit from this session because patient safety does not just happen – patient safety must be designed in the operation of the practice.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the various types of medical errors.
  2. Practice the principles that can reduce the risk of medical errors.
  3. Have a better understanding of perioperative care of the patient, including concepts such as monitoring, emergency management manuals, opioid and antibiotic prescribing, and discharge management. 

Radiation Safety and Protection in the New Age of Dentistry

The potential dangers of radiation exposure to staff and patients as well as safety protocols and guidelines to better understand radiation protection will be addressed in this session by Mitra Sadrameli, DMD, MS.

The session also will feature discussion of sources of radiation exposure, methods of exposure and reduction, dosimetry’s definition and its clinical importance, and differences in pediatric and adult radiation tolerance.

This course offers essential tools for staff who utilize 3D imaging radiographic techniques such as CBCT imaging.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Follow radiation safety protocol to create a safe environment for staff.
  2. Follow radiation safety protocol to create a safe environment for patients.
  3. Provide a workable knowledge of radiation damage when applicable.

This is a Practice Management Day Pass session.

TMJ Module

This new all-day session on temporomandibular joint disease features more than 20 speakers, including Daniel M. Laskin, DDS, MS, who will describe the progression of understanding this complex clinical problem and address remaining issues. Other speakers will discuss all aspects of TMJ intervention, including non-surgical and surgical therapy.

Participants can engage in a point-counterpoint discussion on the challenges of managing the complex patient with TMJ disease and myofascial pain during the breakout sessions. 

During the How I Do It session, leaders in the field will discuss personal surgical techniques for the common TMJ procedures, along with new techniques and emerging technologies.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the multifactorial etiologies of temporomandibular joint disorders.
  2. Describe the multidisciplinary management of the patient with temporomandibular joint disease.
  3. Discuss the etiology, pathogenesis and management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
  4. Discuss the role of TMJ arthroscopy in patient management.
  5. Describe the etiology, diagnosis, classification and management of condylar hyperplasia.
  6. Describe the current indications and techniques used for total TMJ replacement. 

Pathology - Hands-on Cadaver Workshop

Experienced faculty will lead this new hands-on cadaver workshop focused on pathology. Held at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, this cadaveric course will focus on surgical approaches and techniques relevant to maxillofacial surgeons.

Common challenges such as difficult approaches to tumors in the maxillofacial region will be addressed. Several approaches such as neck dissections, thyroidectomy and laryngectomy will be covered.

Participants will become better acquainted with these varied techniques for head and neck surgery as they sharpen their surgical skills.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify tips to finding the facial nerve when conducting a parotidectomy.
  2. Recognize best practice for orbital exenteration.
  3. Recognize new approaches to the parapharyngeal space.
  4. Demonstrate use of local regional flaps available within the head and neck.

There is a fee associated with this hands-on session.

The Dental Practice Act – the Required California Course

All California OMSs and licensed assistants are required to take a two-hour course on the California Dental Practice Act every two years to keep their license.

The course must cover licensure renewal, suspension and revocation; scope of practice; use of dental auxiliaries; prescription of drugs; special provisions of the Dental Practice Act; mandatory reporter obligations; CE terms and restrictions. This course will fulfill that obligation with an emphasis on oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the scope of practice and obligations for record keeping under the law.
  2. Understand mandatory reporter obligations for healthcare providers.
  3. Understand and comply with the staff duties and obligations under law and special provisions of the Act.

This is a Practice Management Day Pass session.


Preconference Program: Anesthesia Update: Office-based Anesthesia

The preconference program Anesthesia Update: Office-based Anesthesia will provide OMSs with the latest office-based anesthesia research and patient safety information.

Learn about patient evaluation, treatment planning, medications and techniques, management of pediatric patients, preparation for anesthetic emergencies and simulations. Panel discussions on morbidity and mortality case scenarios will address approaches to patient safety and discuss ways to incorporate patient safety principles into each OMS practice.

The program also will review the Basic Emergency Airway Management (BEAM) course, which is the first module of the new AAOMS Office Anesthesia Simulation Course set for national distribution soon.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Assess office-based patients and make treatment decisions based on those assessments, paying attention to issues such as polypharmacy, altered cognition and multiple co-morbidities.
  2. Discuss the best setting as it relates to the management in the pediatric patient.
  3. Explain elements of emergency management.

There is a fee associated with this preconference program.

Starting, Purchasing or Selling an OMS Office? An In-depth Look into the 2017 Current Economic Market of OMS Transitions

Designed for residents, new OMSs and established OMSs looking to expand into multiple practice ownership, this session will address how to best start, purchase and sell an OMS practice. While OMSs spend many years perfecting their clinical skills, upon graduation they must quickly develop practice management skills, despite little or no training. 

Taught by industry experts, this comprehensive course will provide attendees with valuable information on how to effectively and efficiently navigate practice ownership, including how to start a new practice, run the business successfully and plan for the future as an OMS practice owner.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Know what they should and shouldn’t do when starting an OMS practice from scratch (e.g., marketing insight, demographic considerations, technology and equipment needs, lease negotiations and project cost).
  2. Be better prepared in the event they want to purchase a practice from another owner, be better informed on due diligence negotiations roadblocks to deal closings, know how to value a practice’s worth, what OMS offices sell for and how to obtain financing for the acquisition.
  3. Prepare their practice for sale or grow their practice from scratch.

This is a Practice Management Day Pass session. Residents may attend this course free of charge.

Beyond the Basic Coding Workshop

The Beyond the Basics coding workshop is a comprehensive, two-day intermediate-level course. The course covers healthcare reform initiatives stemming from the Affordable Care Act, state insurance laws, reimbursement issues, audit tips, medical records documentation, managed care contract tips, and fraud and abuse.

OMSs are encouraged to attend with their professional coding staff. Accurate coding and billing for services rendered must be a priority for each OMS practice, including the OMS who is 100 percent responsible for every coding decision.

Participants need a basic understanding of CDT, CPT and ICD-10-CM. Basic coding knowledge or completion of the AAOMS Basic Coding course is suggested.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain key healthcare reimbursement issues, including general filing information, billing claims, the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI), HIPAA, Medicare compliance and fraud and abuse.
  2. Demonstrate compliance through appropriate documentation for services provided (e.g., use of E/M guidelines).
  3. Follow guidelines for coding anesthesia, applying associated modifiers and other coding trends.
  4. Analyze clinical case studies to code OMS-specific procedures.
  5. Describe the relationship of coding to third-party reimbursement.

Attendees must bring their CPT, CDT and ICD-10-CM coding manuals for this hands-on workshop as books are not sold on site.

Registration for the Beyond the Basics Coding Workshop is separate from Annual Meeting registration. Registering for one does not secure attendance at both. 

Cosmetic Facial Surgery – Hands-on Cadaver Workshop

Interested in a hands-on workshop on the clinical techniques for brow lifts, upper and lower blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty and lower-face and neck lifts with liposuction? Consider this ticketed, hands-on cadaver workshop on cosmetic surgery that provides exposure to the most commonly used facial rejuvenation surgical procedures. This course is designed for OMSs who are wanting to learn advanced techniques, seeking a refresher course or looking to incorporate surgical facial rejuvenation options for their patients.

Attendees will be provided surgical instruction on fresh cadaver specimens with esteemed faculty offering a direct learning experience. All surgical treatment modalities will focus on clinical indications, a discussion of procedural techniques, postoperative considerations, and adverse outcomes and sequela.

Participants will be able to discuss surgical anatomy and principles in the various procedures with close interaction from experts in the field of facial cosmetic surgery.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the various procedures available and the techniques/skills required to perform the most common facial cosmetic surgical procedures (i.e., brow lifting, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, face/neck lift) both in didactic and laboratory hands-on cadaver prosections.
  2. Describe the anatomic basis and principles of facial cosmetic surgical procedures.
  3. Review surgical pearls and techniques in performing these procedures with an illustration of potential complications and outcomes assessment.

There is a fee associated with this hands-on session.