Beth Thompson, RDH

 Beth Thompson, RDH, FACE

Beth Thompson, RDH, FACE

Saturday, April 14, 2012
1. 8  – 11 am
2. 1:30- 4:30 pm
Recommended for: Dental Team
3 CE Credits Each
ODA Courses
IMPORTANT: Due to speaker cancellation, these courses will no longer be offered at the 2012 ODC.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Please click here for new course offerings presented by Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH, FACE 
1. Exploring Sleep Medicine in Dentistry and the Role of the Dental Hygienist...Wake UP Your Team!           

Sleep apnea is a vastly under diagnosed health concern. Medically acceptable care for SDB patients can be a vital and valuable part of a dental practice. In this course, Ms. Thompson illustrates how to effectively recognize the manifestations of sleep apnea, patient assessment tools, therapies, Oral Appliance therapy, terminology and special situation needs: for the dental TEAM.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will have learned:

  • How to evaluate patients for sleep apnea; make it an integral part of your health assessment
  • The impact of sleep apnea on health, safety and productivity
  • How to incorporate treatment and measure successful therapy of sleep disordered breathing (SDB)
  • Oral manifestations of sleep apnea, recognition and home care suggestions
2. Dynamic Oral Care Therapies

Successful management of perio disease is one of the most challenging and rewarding for the dental team. Non surgical continued therapy is often the healthiest treatment available for our patients. Implementing nonsurgical approaches to disease management can be eased with clinical skill confidence and communication tools.

Improving productive, rewarding RDH utilization in most general dental offices is an unrecognized need. Often practices with full schedules are losing hundreds of dollars a day through traditional hygiene services. Practices with lighter schedules can increase revenue by revising how hygiene patients are diagnosed and appointed. Clinicians working smart are less likely to suffer burnout and frustrations.

Ms. Thompson will share her strategy of diagnosing aggressively combined with conservative treatment. Conservative treatment goals conserve the maximum healthy tissue and treat proactively.

Advancements in diagnostic devices enable early detection of infection long before traditional signs of clinical disease. Early intervention allows for retaining support structure and attachment, preventing destruction and preserving a healthier oral environment.

Understanding when and how to treat with local delivery, systemic delivery, or combination therapy is crucial for optimal continued periods of perio health. Patient selection and communication guidelines are a must for clinician confidence in implementation of STM or FMD protocols.


Ms. Thompson celebrates 30+ years as an RDH, dental hygiene innovator and advocate. Beth is a principle in HygieneFusion clinical dental hygiene consulting services,, she is the director and founder of CareerFusion, the 1st and only resource for dental hygiene career advancement. Beth established the Florida Institute of Orofacial Myology, a clinic and learning center for health care providers in Port Orange, FL. Beth provides consulting services, continuing education programs, committed to the implementation of new technology and practice standards, which will elevate the level of dental health care delivery.