Stress-free dentistry for new graduates

Wed 25 August 2021 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Stress-free dentistry for new graduates

Receive tips about communicating with patients, restorative techniques and post-operative pain to take the stress out of dentistry.

Communication may be the simplest way a new graduate dentist can increase their patient satisfaction

Presented by Dr Toni Surace

What I wish I knew about patient communication when I was a new grad! Communication is EVERYTHING! It doesn’t matter how good a clinical dentist you are if you cannot communicate well. 

In this session, you will:

  • Discover the secret to building value for your patient to keep returning
  • Learn how to instantly build rapport
  • Master the art of catering to your patients individual communication needs.

Restorative techniques 

Presented by Dr Alan Solomon

They say you can’t teach new tricks to an old dog. But, the old dog often knows a thing or two about the old tricks! Restorative dentistry is largely predicable but we all get problems that bedevil our best efforts, which can leave us scratching our heads for an answer. We will walk you through some areas that can lead to patient dissatisfaction with our restorative attempts, and provide some remedies and ways to avoid them altogether.  

Learn how to:

  • Recognise why a restoration that we think is acceptable may be deficient in a patient’s eyes 
  • Identify contact point issues and how to manage them
  • Recognise what a 'functional' open contact is and options to manage it
  • Recognise potential problems before you restore the tooth so the patient is pre-informed and not surprised.

Post-operative pain: Causes of post-op pain and discomfort for common dental procedures, and current recommendations for pain management

Presented by Dr Michael Yoon

Is post-operative pain preventable? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Know how to predict, prevent and manage post-operative pain to reduce your stress.

Post-operative pain is a part of dentistry. If not managed appropriately, it can develop into a stressful situation for both the patient and the dentist. Understanding the causes of dental pain can help clinicians predict what treatments may result in post-operative pain. Having this foresight will give you the opportunity to start pain management before the patient leaves the practice. Management may come in the form of communication, pharmacology and/or active treatment. 

Learn how to:

  • Understand the causes of pain
  • Identify cases/treatments that are likely to induce post-operative pain
  • Apply various pain management strategies. 

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CPD hours: 3 clinical hours

RSVP by Wednesday 18 August. 

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Dr Toni Surace 

Dr Toni Surace graduated from Melbourne University in 1995 and is an international presenter, high performance coach, trainer and author. Toni is the Managing Director of Momentum Management where she works with dentists across Australia helping them become more efficient, more organised and improve their communication with patients and their teams. She also teaches leadership and confidence. Toni has a background in positive psychology and emotional intelligence combined with neurolinguistic programming, and uses her skills to help dentists become more resilient, handle stress, and achieve a good balance of work and life. Toni is a huge advocate of mental health in the dental profession. After suffering from her own personal battles with mental health she is very open to discuss coping mechanisms, and to also bring awareness to the signs and symptoms of mental health disease.

Dr Michael Yoon 

Dr Michael Yoon is a specialist endodontist and is in full-time private practice at Melbourne Endodontics. He completed his general dental and specialist endodontic training at the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Michael is the immediate past president of the Australian Society of Endodontology (Vic Branch) and serves as a committee member of the RACDS Victorian and Tasmanian regional committee. He is regularly involved in lecturing and clinical endodontic teaching of dental students. 

Dr Alan Solomon 

BDSc Melbourne 1984, FRACDS 1989, Past President of the AProsSVB, past mentor and current examiner for the MRACDS, and current member of the ADAVB CPD committee.

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