8:00 AM - 11:45 AM | Saturday, September 23 | AM Symposium

Sedation Rule Changes We Need to Know

Presented by Dr. Ernie Luce - Proudly Sponsored by Sedation Resource

1 Hr Lecture CE | Subject Code: 200

Course Description
You may have heard the buzz that there are changes being made to the administration of anesthesia in dental offices. And you may be wondering who is making these changes? What are they?  How will I comply? This course aims to answer these hot topics for you. The TSBDE underwent the Sunset process during the 2017 legislative session. With the Sunset review process came changes to the way you can administer sedation in dental offices. This course will outline the major changes made to the Dental Practice Act and sedation rules in Texas through the legislative lawmaking process, and how they will change your daily practice. It will also discuss the findings of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Anesthesia that reported to the Sunset Commission and identify ways to ensure you are administering anesthesia safely to your patients.

About the Speaker
Dr. Ernie Luce completed dental school at The University of Texas Health Science Center, Dental Branch in Houston in 1985, followed by a General Practice Residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1986.  Since then, he has held an appointment in the Department of General Dentistry at the dental school in San Antonio. Over the past 20 years, his professional interests have become quite focused on the teaching of management of medically compromised patients in the dental office, and the safe delivery of minimal and moderate sedation, both enteral and parenteral.

Ernie is married to Joan, also a general dentist, and they have 2 children, in junior high and high school.

Emotional Intelligence - The Key to a Sustainable Practice

Presented by Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC, LMFT



1 Hr Lecture CE | Subject Code: 550

Course Description

There's an important piece missing in many dental practices. The doctors and team have worked hard to achieve-cutting edge skills, solid business practices, and beautiful surroundings. But patients seem reluctant to ask for the best the practice has to offer. The culture of the office feels flat, or worse, lurches from conflict to conflict. The missing piece is the emotional intelligence skill to sustain trusting, creative, and meaningful relationships. Luckily, emotional intelligence skills can be learned.

Bill will provide an introduction to emotional intelligence (EI) by exploring the basics of creating and maintaining trusting/creative relationships between practice and patient, and within the dental team. Learn how even basic EI skills can make major improvements in patient acceptance and team motivation.



  • Learn emotional intelligence skills to increase patient treatment acceptance
  • Learn less stressful and more effective conflict resolution strategies
  • Improve your personal boundaries and listening skills

About the Speaker

Bill Woodburn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Marriage & Family Therapist with 20 years' experience.  He has consulted organizations ranging from educational and social service agencies to corporations and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in human development and group dynamics. Working as an associate with R.L. Frazer and Associates, Bill is key presenter and facilitator in our nationally acclaimed Emotional Intelligence workshops and presentations. He is also involved with all of our coaching clients - especially early in our work - to help sort out intra-personal issues that could be blocking their progress.  His grasp of group dynamics adds a strong foundation to Emotional Intelligence workshops, performance coaching and strategic planning consulting. His teaching style brings a great sense of humor.

Sex, Drugs & Oral Cancer™

Presented by Robert Whitman

1 Hr Lecture | Subject Code: 730


Course Description
Recent trends in oral cancer have heightened the importance of a proper oral cancer screening protocol for all medical and dental professionals. Oral cancer has risen each of the past seven years, and the deforming disease is now affecting patients with no traditional risk factors. Due to a 225% increase in HPV related oropharyngeal cancers, oral cancer is occurring in younger populations, changing the perception of who to screen.

With the need for a new oral cancer screening protocol, adjunctive screening options will be covered in detail. This course will introduce recent and emerging technologies for early discovery of oral cancer, including fluorescence technology and quantitative cytology, along with the importance of proper implementation. Clinical examples of these procedures will also be provided.

Attendees will learn:

  • Oral cancer rates and risk factors
  • The role of HPV in oral cancer
  • Proper oral cancer screening protocols
  • Proper communication with your patients
  • Incorporation of adjunctive technologies for oral cancer screening
  • Interpretation of oral cancer screening with adjunctive technologies

About the Speaker
A graduate of Tulane University with a B.S. and M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering, Robert brings a unique mindset to the medical device industry. Robert began his career at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Engineer utilizing advanced technology for early detection of cervical cancer. With a passion for early cancer diagnostics, Robert then joined the Research and Development team at a private startup, developing cancer-screening products utilizing fluorescence technology licensed from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Shortly thereafter, Robert co-founded Forward Science LLC, a medical device company established with the goal of advancing oral healthcare through early discovery (OralID), diagnostics (CytID, PathID, hpvID, phID), and treatment options (SalivaMAX).  Robert is now the CEO of Forward Science and speaks nationally on the topic oral cancer and early discovery.