Hands-On Management of TMD-Airway-OSA

Hands-On


Course Description

We now appreciate the critical relationships between dental malocclusions, TMD signs & symptoms, and airway/breathing disorders including sleep apnea.

How do we decipher and differentially diagnose the primary concern for our patients and select an appropriate long term treatment plan?

This hands-on implementation experience will help you develop a protocol sequence to make decisions. We will work through steps of screening and testing to find answers for both the simple and complex patient. Utilizing a decision tree checklist approach, each participant will take home a very clear plan for treating patients with occlusion-muscle, parafunction, TMD, snoring, mild, moderate & severe sleep disordered breathing. Different designs of trial occlusal appliances will be taught and fabricated during the class.

This workshop will provide each participant with practical, immediate implementation skills.

Course Size: 20

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize a decision tree/checklist to guide their evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of masticatory system problems
  • Fabricate several oral appliances
  • Evaluate and interpret pulse oximeter and home sleep test studies





Course Dates


There are no scheduled course dates at this time.



Course Information

Class Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: See our calendar for specific locations.

Tuition: $780

CE Credits: 8

Instructor: DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD

Recommended Prerequisite: Airway Symposium

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists


Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.

ADA CERP logo

The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 8 credit hours continuing education credits.

Full Arch Solutions for Implant Dentistry: All on 4

Course Description

Implant dentistry is now the fastest growing segment of the dental marketplace. For patients who are edentulous, or who have a terminal dentition, impressive options exist which allow us to restore esthetics and function to these dentally compromised patients. This has made implant dentistry a fun, rewarding and profitable addition to our profession.

Despite the tremendous advances, we still see too many cases fall short, resulting in prostheses that are uncleansable, not functionally stable or esthetically displeasing. In order for implant dentistry to be successful, it MUST be a prosthetically driven discipline. Determining where the teeth need to be functionally, phonetically and esthetically, PRIOR to implant placement, is the key to long-term predictability.

Proper planning, with shared esthetic and biologic goals, amongst the surgeon, restorative dentist and laboratory technician is paramount. Even the most complex cases can be broken down into a series of efficient steps that will lead to consistent success.

Course Size: 20

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize when the immediate load “all on four protocol” is a viable treatment option, and when it is not
  • Describe why vertical dimension is critical for the long term success of full arch implant cases, and why this must be determined PRIOR to implant placement
  • Outline when we should consider a traditional implant supported full arch bridge design, preserving the patients bone, vs. the more contemporary All On Four protocol
  • Review the fundamentals of speech and mandibular movement in skeletal class 1,2,3 patients, and how this pertains to the determination of precise tooth position
  • Classify basic removable prosthodontic principles as they relate to vertical dimension and neutral zone
  • Evaluate the existing dentition/dentures for proper tooth position to know if they can be used, or to determine precisely what will need to be changed
  • Identify when it is critical to transition patients to complete dentures first, before placing implants
  • Follow a decision tree in determining whether a fixed or removable prosthesis is best
  • How to determine implant placement, and how to design a guide in every clinical situation
  • Define occlusal design principles for specific implant prostheses
  • Determine the best choice of restorative materials for specific implant prostheses
  • Discover how to sequence treatment and determine fees for even the most complicated full arch implant cases





Course Dates


  1. October 20 - October 21

    Chesapeake, VA (Mid Atlantic Center for Advanced Dental Studies))

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Course Information

Class Hours: Day 1 and 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: See our calendar for specific locations.

Tuition: $4,600

CE Credits: 14

Recommended Prerequisite: Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design

Target Audience: Dentists, Specialists, Lab Technicians


Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.

ADA CERP logo

The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 14 credit hours continuing education credits.

Airway Symposium

Disordered Breathing, Sleep Apnea, and Splint Therapy

Course Description

Integrative Dental Medicine is a rapidly expanding field that every Dawson Dentist must understand.

In this course, three experts will describe the detailed evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for disordered breathing, sleep apnea, bruxism, and associated local and systemic complications.

Two common questions we receive at the Dawson Academy are:

  1. Are you going to teach an update course covering the growing significance of sleep apnea?
  2. Can you teach us the appropriate use of various splints for protecting teeth from bruxism, joint problems, sore muscles and headaches, and airway management?

Actually, these two questions overlap.

Research is showing a strong connection between poor breathing and many medical problems, including some TMJ signs and symptoms, headaches, bruxism, teeth erosion, gastric reflux, esophageal and throat cancer, chronic cough, asthma like symptoms, respiratory dysfunction, post nasal drip, ADD, cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and the list goes on…

We have an opportunity in Dentistry to play a very significant role in the diagnosis and medical management of what now is described as “disordered breathing”. These problems are typically present during daytime breathing, as well as nighttime, and can dramatically affect total health.

Often these medical problems can have dental solutions, including oral appliance, orthodontics, and orthognathic surgery. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the effects of early childhood disordered breathing on growth and development, including dental arches, occlusion, nasal passages,respiratory issues, and cognitive development.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of disordered breathing and sleep apnea.
  • Develop protocols for screening patients for disordered breathing including sleep apnea.
  • Create medical protocols for testing and diagnosis.
  • Review Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) – the appropriate medical usage for snoring/sleep apnea/hypopnea.
  • Design protocols for managing snoring/sleep apnea/hypopnea in the dental office.
  • Define how to take a correct bite registration for anterior repositioning the mandible to open the airway using oral appliance therapy.
  • Review medical insurance codes and financial options for treating sleep apnea.
  • Recognize the possible occlusal complications associated with sleep apnea appliances and how to manage them.
  • Identify the Buteyko principles of retraining proper breathing, including mouth taping.
  • Utilize a decision tree for evaluating and diagnosing Masticatory System disorders.
  • Specify the various occlusal splint options and their appropriate usage.
  • Prepare fees for various treatment regimens involving splint therapy.





Course Information

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $1,495 per doctor or technician

CE Credits: 14

Instructors: DeWitt Wilkerson, DMDTom Colquitt, DDS and Ben Miraglia, DDS

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists

Hear What Past Attendees Say About This Course


Dr. Dale Rolando

“The course was excellent in introducing me to the ever expanding growth of dentists being able to help their patients as we come closer to being intertwined with medicine.”

Dr. Dale RolandoOrlando, FL
Dr. Brent Blaylock

“This was an incredible course; a true symposium where experts gave us cutting edge information and free discussion and questions were encouraged.  As Dawson trained dentists, we know we have the ability to transform our patients’ lives.  Having a better understanding of the airway and the problems associated with inadequate airways gives us the opportunity to make a huge impact on the lives of our patients, friends, and relatives, both adults and children.”

Dr. Brent BlaylockDurham, NC
Dr. Kathy Sanders

“I love the process of reasoning “why?” about each condition and problem.  This is necessary to ever reach life changing benefit levels for our patients.  This symposium dealt with many of the questions that I have had about my dental patients who seem to suffer, yet do not have significant apnea readings.  The destruction starts somewhere and this lecture really went through this instead of only considering maintenance procedures.  thank you!”

Dr. Kathy SandersKingsport, TN
Dr. Richard Tallon

“I realized that myself, my son and my grandson will be able to benefit from information I learned form this symposium. Not to mention how this will impact my patients!”

Dr. Richard TallonBranson, MO

Still not convinced? Hear from other students who have completed our core curriculum.

ADA CERP logo

The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 19 credit hours continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.

Primespeak


Course Description

Communicate stress-free

In an ideal world, your patients will ask you for the correct treatment, the treatment that best fits their problem, instead of opting for the cheapest solution available. In this world, both the patient and the dentist are left happy and satisfied with a job well done.

Primespeak will help you achieve this goal, removing the stress of “selling” treatments from your life as a professional.

Optimum treatment acceptance

Primespeak enables you to help your patients make informed decisions. You will be focused on educating them about their current condition and the best options available. This will enable them to make informed decisions without feeling pressured into a specific course of action.

This counter-intuitive method will remove the need for sales-like conversations and take the stress of failure out of your patient communication. The result is a stress-free bond of trust between you and your patients.

Become the best dentist you can be

Primespeak focuses on helping you communicate effectively to your patients so your days practicing dentistry end in satisfaction and fulfilment. Your work will be appreciated and your patients will be happy.

It may sound like a dream right now, but once you’ve visited Primespeak Seminar, you’ll have the power to make this a reality.

Learn how to present treatment options and get your patients to make informed decisions while building trust and long lasting relationships.

Take the plunge

Join dentists around the world who are happily practicing optimal dentistry. Kick off your joumey with the 2-day Primespeak Seminar and you will never be selling dental treatment to your patients again.

Learning Objectives

  • Two rules of ethical dentistry
  • 5 Laws of Patient Behavior
  • Communication zones
  • Trust busters
  • Strategic thinking
  • The New Patient Exam sequence
  • Tools for the Pre-clinical discussion
  • Techniques for the Clinical exam
  • Creating ownership
  • A new approach for giving options





Course Information

Tuition: $2500 for Doctors, $795 for Treatment Coordinators*
(20% discount for alumni & study club members – contact The Academy for coupon code)

CE Credits: 14

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2  – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Target Audience: General Dentists, Treatment Coordinators*

Recommended Prerequisites: None

*Treatment coordinators must be accompanied by dentist; only 1 Treatment Coordinator allowed per dentist.


Upcoming Course Dates


  1. October 6 - October 7

    Birmingham Country Club (Detroit, MI)

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  2. October 13 - October 14

    Embassy Suites Newark Airport

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Hear What Past Attendees Say About This Course



This course will completely change the way I practice dentistry and communicate with patients.  The tools and skills Primespeak gave me are ones that I can implement in the office right away. I am excited to be able to go back to work and see treatment acceptance rates go up!

Dr. Christine Han

Primespeak takes the pressure out of case presentation. Their system of communicating with and obtaining information from the patient about their concerns is well organized. My job is much easier as I just present the options and the patient makes the decision they prefer.

Dr. Kamron Monroe

I thought that the Primespeak seminar was outstanding!! Concepts that are easy to implement to have a no pressure situation when presenting treatment plans to patients. I followed the concepts today with a treatment plan presentation and the patient accepted!!! Love it!!!

Dr. Dino Mantis

Prime Speak provides the foundation of the co-discovery examination and communication that is essential in a fee for service practice as well as an insurance based practice where the dentist wants the very best for their patients.

Dr. Charles Varipapa

ADA CERP logo

The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 13 credit hours continuing education credits.

Full Arch Dentistry

When and How to Alter Vertical Dimension of Occlusion


Course Description

One of the most important skills a restorative dentist can acquire is to know how and why to change the vertical dimension of occlusion and when it is appropriate to do it. Cases involving extreme wear, occlusal plane problems as well as alterations to the steepness of the anterior guidance are all cases we at The Dawson Academy show, and discuss. Yet the specific details of how to work through a case when all the teeth are prepared can be daunting.

This two day, hands-on on class will take each participant through a step-by-step protocol that will go from preparations to delivery. Special emphasis will be placed on fabricating exquisite provisional prototypes and how they are utilized to communicate precise esthetic and occlusal goals to the dental lab. Bite registrations techniques will be understood, so that the lab will be able to cross mount the die model with the provisional model. Additionally, techniques to provisionally alter the vertical using composite resin and other modalities will be understood so that patients with financial obstacles can be treated appropriately with properly segmented treatment plans. Every participant is invited to bring a complex case to treatment plan, and phase.

Course Size: 20

Learning Objectives

  • Why occlusal wear and erosion need to be addressed, and why the progression of tooth structure loss leads to more complex problems.
  • To learn when it is appropriate to open the vertical dimension of occlusion, and when it should be approached with great caution.
  • How to utilize the Dawson Diagnostic Wizard to communicate precise esthetic and functional tooth contours to the dental laboratory, for the fabrication of an optimal diagnostic wax up.
  • How to transfer the diagnostic wax up into the mouth while creating provisional restorations, and how to efficiently dial these restorations in for optimum esthetics phonetics and function.
  • How to take “verticentric” bite registrations to precisely cross mount the die model with the temp models.
  • Digital technologies that that the lab can utilize to duplicate the doctor and patient approved provisional contours-the key to predictable results.
  • How to open the vertical dimension with multiple “long term provisional” techniques so that complex treatment plans can be phased.
  • To recognize when changing the tooth position with Invisalign or traditional orthodontic treatment, prior to the restorative phase, will improve the predictability of the end result.
  • Why many worn dentition cases will require esthetic crown lengthening, and how to know if gingivectomy or boney recontouring will be the appropriate modality. Special emphasis will be placed on treatment planning the precise position of the gingival contours as well the utilization of laser technology when performing these procedures.





Course Dates


There are no scheduled course dates at this time.



Course Information

Class Hours: Day 1 and 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $4,600

Instructor: John Cranham, DDS

CE Credits: 14

Recommended Prerequisite: Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists, Lab Technicians


Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.

ADA CERP logo

The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 15 credit hours continuing education credits.

Building a Profitable Integrative Dental Medicine Practice

Dentists Treating Healthcare Crisis

Course Description

There is an important major shift in Medicine & Dentistry toward an integrative Medicine practice model. This model promotes a proactive whole body health philosophy and an expanded role for your practice to implement valuable cutting edge services for your patients.

A simplified way to explain integrative dentistry is by focusing on 4 Bs:

Bite– the critical relationship between coordinated muscles, joints, and dental occlusion. The effects of incoordination can result in worn teeth, loose teeth, sore muscles, headaches, and TMJoint injury.

Bacteria– the critical source of oral and systemic symbiosis, or infection and inflammation, in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract and bloodstream.

Breathing– the critical role of airway obstruction and sleep apnea in many of our patients who brux, clench, and experience systemic side effects such as gastric reflux, type 2 diabetes, cardiac arrythmias, daytime fatigue, and high blood pressure.

Body– the critical relationships of systemic inflammation, nutrition, physical activity, stress, sleep, autoimmune disorders and oral health, as well as total health and wellness.

This seminar will train you in the science, screening, coaching, and treatment of many dental/medical considerations. You will be introduced to new services that you can immediately implement. Your patients will thank you for significantly improving their total health as you effectively differentiate your dental practice as an integrative health center!

Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to dramatically impact both your patients’ health and your practice profitability model.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate dentistry’s strong leadership role in the field of integrative medicine.
  • Screen every patient’s bite, bacteria, breathing and body for instability, infection and inflammation.
  • Organize protocols for testing and diagnosing when signs and symptoms are present.
  • Create treatment planning process for the 4 Stages of Periodontal Conditions.
  • Develop techniques for addressing GI inflammatory concerns including GERD and IBS.
  • Compose treatment protocols for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Disordered Breathing.
  • Design processes for addressing systemic inflammation, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, overweight, chronic pain, fatigue, and headaches.
  • Compose a business model for profitability in adding new Integrative Medicine services.


Course Information

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $1,495 per doctor, $995 per 1st team member, $795 per additional team member

CE Credits: 14

Instructors: DeWitt Wilkerson DMD

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: General Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Team Members





Course Dates

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There are no scheduled course dates at this time.



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Hear What Other Students Said…


Dr. Scott Logan

Witt was incredible.  I learned more practical things to do in my office than I have from any other course in recent years.  His knowledge and expertise as well as his gentle manner were wonderful.  What a gift it was to attend the course.  Thanks for everything.

Dr. Scott LoganHuntsville, TX
Dr. Kurt Thomas

I was BLOWN AWAY by this course and the information presented.

Dr. Kurt ThomasWest Lake, OH
Dr. Brent Blaylock

This course was fantastic!  Dr. Wilkerson is extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and presents the material in a clear, practical manner.  He gives you information and techniques that motivate you to improve the lives of your patients as well as your own.  The guest speakers add great insight, experience, depth of knowledge, and inspiration.  Dentists should bring team members, especially dental hygienists.  I cannot say enough good things about this course and Dr. Wilkerson.

Dr. Brent BlaylockDurham, NC
Dr. Mark Pimper

Great course! Excellent instructor! Well prepared. Good handouts.

Dr. Mark PimperLongmont, CO


Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.

ADA CERP logo

The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 15 credit hours continuing education credits.

Dental Assistant’s Role in Supporting Complete Dentistry

Course Description

This two-day dental assistant continuing education course is designed to teach dental assistants the skills necessary to support their dentists in diagnosis and treatment planning. A programmed approach to gathering patient information and records is the basis of the class. The role that technological advances in digital photography, computer diagnostics and mounted digital casts play in the assistant’s job is also covered in this intense hands-on dental assistant course.

Learning Objectives

  • The Concept of Complete Dentistry
  • Overview of the masticatory system
  • Role of occlusion in predictable & stable health
  • Assistant’s role in the complete care practice & exam
  • How to use digital photography for co diagnosis and practice growth
  • Choosing the proper Impression Tray
  • How to take a great pre-operative impression the first time (Alginate vs. Polyvinyl)
  • Take and transfer a face-bow recording
  • Assist with bite records
  • Pouring and mounting models
  • How to ask the proper questions at the new patient examination so that you will connect with the wants and needs of the patient
  • Mounting upper and lower casts in CR
  • Verifying the mountings

Hear what attendees are saying…


The course was wonderful and I felt like I was able to come away with an expanded skills set and valuable knowledge that will help my team as we move forward. Thank you all for the time and effort that was put forth to make this program happen! I hope to see you all again in the future!

Krista NagleDental Assistant

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for dentistry. I think you all did a wonderful job of explaining things during our lecture and hands on. I learned a lot and now have more of an understanding of what my boss has been teaching us. I am grateful that I could attend this coarse and to learn more about occlusal disease.

Ashlee BeyerDental Assistant





Course Dates


There are no scheduled course dates at this time.



Course Information

Tuition: $1,495 per Assistant

CE Credits: 14

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Kimberly Daxon DDS & Lisa Rivard, EDA

Target Audience: Dental Assistants

Recommended Prerequisites: None


Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.

ADA CERP logo

The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 14 credit hours continuing education credits.

Hygienist’s Role in Supporting Complete Dentistry

Course Description

This two-day dental hygienist ce course is designed to significantly enhance the dental hygienist’s knowledge of complete dentistry as it relates to periodontal health and occlusal stability. The hygienist will learn that the key to long-term success of optimum health begins with a thorough understanding of the masticatory system and the use of centric relation.  Through both hands-on exercises and lecture, the hygienist will understand the complete exam process, identify signs of occlusal instability and how they relate to patients’ symptoms and periodontal disease. He/she will also learn communication skills necessary to transition patients to a “complete” dental practice. Designed to parallel the dentists’ curriculum, this dental hygiene course will reinforce the hygienist’s vital role in bringing the practice full circle for the development of optimum oral health and longevity for all patients! (Limited to 20 students)

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a systematic approach to understanding centric relation dentistry and the importance of healthy occlusion.
  • Recognize and gain a clear understanding of what optimum oral health looks like.
  • Recall head and neck anatomy as it relates to the temporomandibular joints, muscles and the bite.
  • Observe the role of occlusion in predictable, stable oral health.
  • Identify the relationship between occlusion and periodontal disease.
  • Explore the complete exam process and how to utilize this information at the hygiene visit.
  • Assess the importance of quality diagnostic records and how they are obtained.
  • Distinguish the role of the hygienist in transitioning the practice to complete dental practice.
  • Observe how to implement and discuss the concepts of complete dentistry with patients chairside.
  • Breakdown and introduce other common topics such as headaches, splints, sleep apnea and nutrition.

Hear What Past Attendees Say About This Course


“I truly loved the course! I came back to practice with a sense of renewal and enthusiasm that I’m not sure I ever felt previously. It has been wonderful to feel as though I have enough information to explain the root causes of the dental health concerns my patients are facing. My sponsoring dentist, Dr. Effie Gaskill, has taken many courses through the Dawson Academy.  I was impressed with her philosophy, attention to detail and individual patient care. Now I feel like I have the tools to provide the same level of care.”

Jessica Ploutz, RDHHugoton, KS





Course Dates


  1. June 2 - June 3

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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  2. November 3 - November 4

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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Course Information

Tuition: $1,495 per Hygienist

CE Credits: 14

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Kimberly Daxon DDS & Lisa Rivard, EDA

Target Audience: Dental Hygienists

Recommended Prerequisites: None

Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.

ADA CERP logo

The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 14 credit hours continuing education credits.

TMD Patients: Diagnosis & Treatment

Course Description

In Examination and Records and Treatment Planning Functional Esthetic Excellence, a systematic process for conducting a comprehensive examination, taking diagnostic records and developing a treatment plan was introduced. This process works for the majority of patients which have healthy TMJ’s. This dental course will pick up where those courses left off and teach a systematic process for advanced records when TMD pathology is suspected. A systematic process for the evaluation, differential diagnosis, treatment and management of patients exhibiting signs and symptoms of TMD will be developed. Phase one treatment will focus on occlusal splint therapy. Splint designs will be selected based on the suspected joint diagnosis. Phase two will focus on the definitive treatment steps required to establish a lasting and comfortable occlusion.

(Limited to 20 students)

Learning Objectives

  • Understand when TM joint imaging is indicated and how to order it.
  • Differentiate between different imaging options, understand what the MRI and CT-Scans are showing and how this information relates to the signs and symptoms of TMD.
  • Understand what insurance codes, including medical, to use when treating TMD problems.
  • Recognize when to use occlusal splint therapy
  • Differentiate between different types of splints and when to use which type.
  • How to fabricate and refine an occlusal splint.
  • Understand the basic concepts of anatomy, physiology, and neuromuscular relationships that must be considered in the development of an individualized management plan.
  • How to efficiently and profitably schedule splint therapy.
  • How to create an appropriate fee structure for service.
  • How to help patients understand the diagnosis and treatment needed so they will accept your recommendations.
  • How to create a treatment plan for definitive long term care






Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.

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The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 19 credit hours continuing education credits.

Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design

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Course Description

This dental seminar is the recommended first step in our dental seminars continuing education. As the foundational seminar in the “Concept of Complete Dentistry® Series,” you will learn the timeless message that good, esthetic and complete dentistry must begin with a thorough understanding of dental occlusion and the functions of the masticatory system.

The cornerstone of The Dawson Academy philosophy is a comprehensive understanding of how the TM joint, muscles, proprioceptive input, lower anterior teeth, upper anterior teeth, lower posterior teeth and upper posterior teeth are designed to function in harmony with one another.

Regardless of the latest trends in techniques or materials, these principles will remain the foundation of quality and complete dentistry. You will gain an insight and understanding that will change not only how you practice, but your enjoyment of the practice, as well.

We urge you to do what over 40,000 of your fellow dental professionals have already done. Come join us and start your journey along this proven path to success.

Learning Objectives

  • A scientifically based, practical approach to occlusal management in everyday practice.
  • The 10 factors critical to a stable occlusion and how applying them results in long-term success of your general and cosmetic cases.
  • How to identify, prior to treatment, which patients pose a risk of future instability.
  • An examination process that gets the esthetically driven patient to care about the functional implications critical to long-term success.
  • How to know precisely where teeth need to go for veneers, crowns, and implant supported restorations.
  • When it is safe to open vertical and when not to do so.
  • Why porcelain chips and breaks and how to eliminate breakage from your practice.
  • Step by step processes utilizing checklists for functional-esthetic analysis and treatment planning.
  • How to efficiently take the necessary diagnostic records for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • A thorough examination process and how to implement it in your practice.
  • How understanding occlusion saves you time, increases profitability and reduces stress.


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Course Dates


  1. June 9 - June 10

    Omni Hotel in Chicago, IL

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  2. October 12 - October 14

    Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key

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Course Information

Tuition: $1,695 per doctor or technician

CE Credits: 19/16**

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.**
Day 3 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Instructors: Peter E. Dawson, DDS** & John C. Cranham, DDS

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists, Lab Technicians

Recommended Prerequisites: None

**Colorado & Illinois locations only 2 days / 16 CE Credits & taught only by Dr. John Cranham