NC Dental Society's 5th District Mid-Winter Meeting

Due to weather conditions, the 5th District meeting will be delayed by 2 hours. Registration opens at 10 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for two days of clinical continuing education and earn up to 10.5 hours of CE credit. These classes are designed for all dentists and dental team members. Learn the latest about periodontics, opioids and both OSHA and HIPAA compliance.

Event Details

Join us Friday and Saturday to earn up to 10.5 hours of Continuing Education credits. You'll also satisfy your annual opioid and OSHA course requirements.

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 5th District Mid-Winter Meeting.

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Course Topics:

Friday - Innovative Periodontics: "How To" From Techniques to Products with Dr. Sam Low

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 7 Hours of CE credit (There will be a 2 hour lunch break)

Want to use the dental hygienist's time more productively? Looking for a quality resource for "what's new" in dental products, systems and technology? Then this course is just what you need.

Periodontitis is a major reason for tooth loss and systemic complications. We create the user-friendly perio approach from patient acceptance scripting to chair side positive action. You will incorporate time-tested and new technologies to find and manage periodontal disease. Take the frustration out of delivering periodontal care and gain success with patient case acceptance, tooth retention and financial reward.

Learning Objectives:

  • Empower the dental hygienist with expanded work descriptions beyond the “prophy”
  • Develop “realistic” non-surgical therapies and the respective re-evaluation with emphasis on “new” anti-inflammatory systems including micro-ultrasonics and laser technology, and nutraceuticals such as probiotics and anti-oxidants
  • Determine the efficacy of utilizing various laser wavelengths in sulcular decontamination, degranulation, new attachment, and bone regeneration
  • Review successful parameters to determine tooth survival in short and long term prognosis
  • Establish a quality periodontal maintenance program that enhances the restorative practice, including  coding and third party reimbursement
  • Achieve greater positive interaction between dentists and the team through improved communication skills

Saturday - The ABCDs of Addressing Pain in the Dental Patient: 2020 Updates with Kimberly Thrasher

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 1 Hour of CE credit

The presentation will include a brief history of opioid prescribing in North Carolina and of national and state-based initiatives that have been designed and implemented to lead to best practices for the treatment of patients with dental pain. Additionally, evidence for non-opioid therapeutic options for dental pain will be provided; this will include both approved and non-approved options e.g. CBD products, due to the increasing access of some of these products. With more patients receiving Mediation Assisted Treatment, an example of how to provide adequate pain control in this patient population will be reviewed. Lastly, tools for screening patients at risk of excessive opioid use will be described.

Learning Objectives:

Examine therapeutic options for Acute pain in the dental patient

  • Explain recent initiatives on opioid prescribing by state Boards and other national and state-based organizations
  • Update relevant topics since the 2016 CDC guidelines for the treatment of Chronic pain
  • Identify tools and resources Dentists can utilize to better assist patients at risk of excessive opioid use


Saturday - Are You Compliant When No One is Watching?

OSHA, Infection Control and HIPAA Compliance with Karen Gregory

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  2.5 Hours of CE credit

Do you ever feel as if you just can’t get ahead of all the rules and regulations which apply to your practice? Here is the good news! Yes you can! This presentation will provide a review of relevant OSHA regulations and CDC infection control recommendations. As an added bonus, the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules will be discussed and the impact these regulations have on your practice.

Success is dependent on a clear understanding of the requirements and a plan. Once you have these items in place, your practice will be positioned to be a safe workplace and a safe place to receive care. You CAN succeed!

This course will cover:

  • Safety requirements outlined in the bloodborne pathogen standard.
  • Elements of an effective HAZCOM Plan
  • Updates to HIPAA Rules as required by HITECH.
  • Review of the definition of breach and reporting requirement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize specific employee safety measures required by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Rule and the Hazard Communication Standard.
  • Recall acceptable standards of care outlined in the CDC Dental Infection Control Guidelines.
  • Discuss identification of breach situations and reporting process to impacted patients.


Feb 21 - 22, 2020


Fri, Feb 21: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri. 5:15 p.m. - Reception at ECU School of Dental Medicine
Sat, Feb 22: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Greenville Convention Center
303 Greenville Blvd SW
Greenville, NC 27834


NC Dental Society Members: $325
Non-Members: $400
NC Dental Society Retired Dentists: $100
Full-Time Faculty: $125
First Year Dentists: Free
Dental Students: Free
Staff Accompanying a Dentist: $25

Cancellation Policy

Refund requests made after Feb 7 will incur a $25 administrative fee. If you need to cancel, please email Valerie Pencook.


Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, MEd
Kimberly Thrasher, PharmD, BCACP, FCCP, CPP
Karen Gregory, RN, Total Medical Compliance

Please Note

The 5th District Business meeting and lunch will be held Friday, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., by invitation only.

For all other attendees, please enjoy any of the lunch spots near the Convention Center.

All attendees are invited to a reception Friday evening starting at 5:15 at East Carolina School of Dental Medicine.

Hotel Info

Hampton Inn, Greenville. Call (252)-355-7400 by Jan 31 and ask for the NCDS 5th District room block to get a rate of $134/night.

Hilton Inn, Greenville. Call (252) 355-5000 by Feb 2 and ask for NCDS 5th District room block. Rate: $142/night.

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