Start 2021 with Live Continuing Dental Education Webinars

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University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s Division of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) upcoming course schedule provides a variety of learning opportunities to continue professional growth. All programs have moved to a virtual format with live, interactive webinars to help you stay on the forefront of dentistry from anywhere in the country.

Dues-paying members and associate members of the Alumni Association receive 15% off regular tuition for most CDE-sponsored programs; recent graduates of Dugoni School of Dentistry (Class of 2015-2020) receive a 20% discount off regular tuition. These offers cannot be combined with other CDE discounts. To obtain your alumni discount code, please email

For more information about the full offering of courses from January through March, click the course titles below.

Live Webinar: Clinical Restorative Dentistry Update 2021: Practical Techniques to Improve Results
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Presenter: Richard G. Stevenson III, DDS

This webinar will provide you with practical clinical recommendations for procedures ranging from diagnosis and treatment planning to the execution of direct and indirect techniques in the field of restorative dentistry. The scientific basis for the procedural methods will be presented to support the real-world clinical protocols suggested with numerous case reports and step-by-step examples designed to heighten efficiency, improve short-term and long-term results and provide patients with comfortable and successful dental outcomes.

Live Webinar: Oral Surgery for General Practitioners
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presenter: Len Tolstunov, DDS, DMD

In this informative and concise lecture for general dentists, participants will learn basic and advanced concepts and skills in oral surgery. Starting with patient evaluation, Dr. Tolstunov will cover medical conditions that impact surgery, computer imaging, local anesthesia, surgical anatomy, surgical techniques, flaps and sutures, and instrumentation. You will learn the third molar extraction and alternative techniques in the extraction of impacted third molars. Clinical risks and complications of these procedures will be examined with an emphasis on how to prevent problems.

Virtual Program: RDHAP: Oral Health for People with Special Needs – Spring 2021
Friday, Feb. 12 – Friday, May 14, 2021
Program Director: Elena Francisco, RDHAP, MS

Led by Elena Francisco, RDHAP, MS, our Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice program is an online course designed for dental hygienists interested in expanding their knowledge and ability to treat people with complex physical, medical or psychological needs and patients in underserved communities. It fulfills the Dental Hygiene Board of California’s 150-hour education requirement needed to apply for an RDHAP license. The virtual program, offered twice a year, consists of live interactive webinars, online modules and a field study.

Live Webinar: Sedating and Managing the Pediatric Patient: A Recertification Course for Advanced Practitioners
Saturday, Mar. 6, 2021, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Presenter: David L. Rothman, DDS

This live, interactive webinar will review the current practice of pediatric minimal and moderate sedation beginning with the basics in physiology and pharmacology and progressing through monitoring, drug selection and office protocols. Despite best practices, sedation and medical emergencies can and will happen, and significant time will be given to identifying and managing these events. This course is structured to meet many states’ requirements for renewal of sedation permits.

RDAEF Prospective Applicant Virtual Event
Sunday, Mar. 7, 2021, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Presenter: Molly P. Newlon, DDS, MA

Learn more about University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry's Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions program. Join us virtually to meet our program directors and students, learn about the curriculum and take a virtual tour of the campus.

Live Webinar: Prescribing Opioids: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”
Saturday, Mar. 27, 2021, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presenter: Andrew Young, MSD, DDS

Whether pain is caused by infection, or by our own procedures, patients expect us to relieve their pain. The more severe the pain, the quicker and more potent they want the solution to be. You will first learn about the inflammatory, neurological and psychological processes that contribute to the great range of pain responses you encounter. Dr. Young will cover approaches in effective pain management that can prevent a need for narcotics in several cases. Judicious and individualized use of narcotics requires a good understanding of a number of concepts. You will learn how narcotics work and how they compare to each other and to other forms of pain control, in addition to dosing, how dependence and addiction occur and how that differs by age and by psychological make-up.

For more information, call 415.929.6486 or email