NC Dental Society's First District Midwinter Annual Meeting

Join us for a day of engaging CE covering dental sleep medicine, coding and opioids. Reconnect with old friends and make new connections while earning up to seven hours of continuing education credit.

Event Details

Join us Friday evening for a social hour and Saturday for a full day of continuing education, covering dental sleep medicine, opioids and coding. This event is designed for dentists and team members.

Please note - the speakers at this event certify they have no proprietary, financial or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service or company that will be discussed or considered during the 1st District Midwinter Meeting.


8:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - Sponsor Presentations

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Beyond the Basics: Implementing Dental Sleep Medicine in Your Practice, with Dr. Greg Essick. 

This session will:

  • Review practice parameters and protocol for oral appliance therapy
  • Describe the physician referral process and establishing medical necessity of treatment
  • Describe how to select an oral appliance for your patients
  • Describe calibrating the jaw advancement to optimize efficacy of an oral appliance
  • Describe financial models for the practice of Dental Sleep Medicine  (DSM) and the basics of medical insurance coverage of oral appliance therapy.

3 Continuing Education credit hours


12:00 p.m. - Lunch for all registrants

12:45 p.m. - Business meeting for NC Dental Society First District members

1:15 p.m. - Avoiding Coding Errors - Dental Coding, with Dr. Charles Blair. Don't miss this important lecture which will help you avoid coding mistakes and ensure proper reporting. You'll also learn to identify and implement new strategies for increasing reimbursement. 

3 CE credit hours


4:15 p.m. - Safe Opioid Prescribing - What Dental Healthcare Professionals Need to Know - Dr. Blake Fagan

Learn about the epidemic in our region and steps to take to perform safe opioid prescribing. Hear about safer alternatives for treating dental pain. You'll also learn to access the CSRS as needed for dental patients in acute pain and ways to manage patients with chronic pain on opioids who present with acute dental pain.

This program satisfies the requirement for NC dentists license renewal.

1 hour of CE



Feb 28 - 29, 2020


Fri, Feb 28: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Social hour at Cafe Rule. Guests are welcome to attend. Please note, dinner is on your own.

Saturday, Feb 29: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Catawba Valley Community College, Workforce Solutions Complex
2550 US Hwy 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602


NC Dental Society Members: $75
Non-members: $150
Retired Dentists: $50
First Year Dentists/Hygienists: Free
Dental Students: Free
Office Staff accompanying a Dentist: $50
Office Staff without a Dentist: $60
Guest with a Dentist: $30
Guest without a Dentist: $40

Cancellation Policy

Refund requests made after Feb 14 will incur a $25 administrative fee. If you need to cancel, please email Valerie Pencook.


Dr. Greg Essick, UNC - Chapel Hill

Dr. Charles Blair, author, publisher and consultant

Dr. Blake Fagan, CEO at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)

Thank You to Our Sponsors



AGD - Accepted Program Provider
05/01/2018 to 06/30/2021
Provider ID# 219263