Upcoming Programs by PSILENT PRODUCTIONS



Future presentations by Mary Ellen and/or Greg Psaltis, dates and contacts for currently scheduled events. For more complete information regarding program contents, go to Courses or Program Directors.  

Monday-Tuesday, Oct 11-12, 2021

"Lunch Chat"

This will be an informal session over lunch during which the participants will have the opportunity to
ask Dr. Psaltis questions about pediatric dentistry. This is not a formal lecture, so be sure to bring your
questions and prepare to learn. (Monday, 12:30-1:30)


"Think and Word Like a Pediatric Dentist"
Pediatric dentistry is far more than filling teeth on little people. It is managing behavior, understanding facial
development, establishing successful treatment plans and performing the appropriate procedures.
This course will stimulate your thinking about dental age, sequential care and management tools for
successful care for children in a general practice. If you have ever wondered “how pediatric dentists can
handle kids,” you’ll find out here. (Monday, 2:30- 4:30)

"Dealing With Dr. Google"
Patients come in to our practices and question treatment recommendations because of their "knowledge"
gleaned from the internet. We will explore why this is happening, ramifications it can have and how to deal
with it. Specific issues, such as primary pulp medicaments, fluoride and sealant materials will be discussed
with the controversies surrounding them. Tools for dealing with this phenomenon will help practitioners to
communicate effectively when face with demands from patients. (Tuesday, 3:30-n 5:00)

American Dental Association, Smile.Com, Las Vegas, NV
Contact: Narcisa Despoiu  despoiun@ada.org 
Manager, Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings and Continuing Education Administration 
Division of Conferences and Continuing Education



Thursday, Feb 24-26, 2021 (Topics and dates to be deternined)


Chicago Midwinter Meeting, Chicago, IL
Contact: Dr. Ted Borris, Director of Scientific Programs, (312) 836-7312

Friday, March 4 2022

"Getting Past Uh-oh, No and Helicopters"
Pediatric dentistry is unique since it requires dentists to successfully communicate with both children and
parents and manage their behaviors as well as one’s own. Principles of behavior management are discussed
and shown in videos with patients in treatment and how to handle them. Dentistry focuses on technical
aspects of work, but in pediatrics it is only possible by proper handling of patients. The parents? They are
the entertainment and promotional program, not the “problem” that most believe.


"Think and Work Like a Pediatric Dentist"
Pediatric dentistry is far more than filling teeth on little people. It is managing behavior, understanding facial
development, establishing successful treatment plans and performing the appropriate procedures.
This course will stimulate your thinking about dental age, sequential care and management tools for
successful care for children in a general practice. If you have ever wondered “how pediatric dentists can
handle kids,” you’ll find out here.


"Pediatric Preventive and Interceptive Orthodontics"
This course will include a discussion of space maintenance, oral habits and simple corrections of crossbites
and other developmental issues. It is not intended as a comprehensive orthodontic program, but will
emphasize pediatric procedures.


Heartland Study Club, Fargo, ND
Contact: Lesley Braaten, Coordinator Heartland Study Club
701-232-9565

Thursday-Saturday, March 17-19, 2022 (lecture to be determined)

Hinman Dental Meeting, Atlanta, /ga
Contact: Caitlyn McKinnon, Meeting Coordinator    
(404) 231-1663

 

Thursday, Friday, April 7-8, 2022

Looking Beyond Caries in Kids' Mouths
Every pediatric dental examination must be considered a new patient examination because of the dynamics

of growth and development. There is much to see in the mouths of children other than caries and loose teeth.
This program discuses some of the unique aspects of a child's dental examination including recognition of
anomalies and growth and development. These are some of the many factors that make examinations on

children unique. Clinical and radiographs illustrate the areas of discussion. (One-hour after dinner lecture on
Thursday evening, April 7)


But Aren't They Just Baby Teeth?

You've heard these words and can't help thinking, "Another ignorant parent," They aren't really ignorant-- they
are working from old beliefs or experiences. The ability to answer common questions insures better understanding
of the pediatric dental issues and creates more trust. This program covers questions routinely heard from parents of
pediatric dental patients and covers a broad spectrum of topics. Included are primary anterior trauma, treatment
planning, the new approach to primary pulp therapy, timing of initial examinations and more. Practitioners who
treat children will greatly benefit from this engaging course. (All day course on Friday, April 8)


Northern Nevada Dental Society, Reno, NV
Contact: Lori Benvin, Executive Director, Northern Nevada Dental Society, lori.benvin@nndhp.org

Friday, April 23, 2022 (lectures to be determined)
These lectures will be presented by Mary Ellen Psaltis, BPh

Midamerican Dental Conference
Contact:

Saturday, April 30, 2022 (lecture to be determined)

Oregon Academy of General Dentistry, Portland, OR
Contact: Laura Seurynck, RDH, Executive Director     
(503) 228-6266

Friday-Saturday, May 6-7, 2022


Getting Past “Uh-oh,” “No” and Helicopters

Pediatric dentistry is unique since it requires dentists to successfully communicate with both children and
parents and manage their behaviors as well as one’s own. Principles of behavior management are discussed
and shown in videos with patients in treatment and how to handle them. Dentistry focuses on technical
aspects of work, but in pediatrics it is only possible by proper handling of patients. The parents? They are
the entertainment and promotional program, not the “problem” that most believe.


So Little Room, So Much to See
(The complete pediatric dental examination)
Every pediatric dental examination must be considered a new patient examination because of the dynamics
of growth and development. There is much to see in the mouths of children other than caries and loose teeth.
This program discuses some of the unique aspects of a child's dental examination including recognition of
anomalies and growth and development. These are some of the many factors that make examinations on
children unique. Clinical and radiographs illustrate the areas of discussion.

Ontario Dental Association Meeting, Toronto, ON
Contact: Teresa Tomessetti, Conference and Events Coordinator,  416-355-2259

Friday, Oct 7, 2022

"I Was on the Internet Last Night"
We all have had the experience of patients (or parents of patients) coming in to our practices and questioning
our treatment recommendations because of their new-found knowledge they obtained from the internet. In this
course, we will explore why this is happening so frequently, what ramifications it can have on your practice
and how to deal with it. Specific issues, such as primary pulp medicaments, fluoride and sealant materials will
be discussed with the controversies surrounding them. Tools for dealing with this increasing phenomenon
will help practitioners to communicate more effectively when faced with demands from patients.

But Aren't They Just Baby Teeth?
(Answers to common questions from parents)

You’ve heard these words before and can’t help thinking to yourself, “Oh no, another ignorant parent.”
Parents who pose this question (and others) are not ignorant—they are often working from old beliefs or
their own experiences. The ability to answer these common questions insures a greater understanding of the
pediatric dental issues at hand and creates a positive relationship through effective communications. This program
is based on questions routinely heard from parents of pediatric dental patients and covers a broad spectrum of topics.
Included are primary anterior trauma, treatment planning, stainless steel crowns, timing of initial examinations and
more. The scientific basis and the rationales for treatment is a significant part of the lecture. Practitioners who treat
children will benefit from this engaging course.


University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry, Continuing Education
Contact: Dr. Michael Roberts, (919) 537-3781










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"Dental Divas: Dealing with Dental Drama" presented by Mary Ellen Psaltis
Is your work place fulfilling or frustrating?
Optimizing your work environment is essential for your everyone's success and well-being.
However, working together can be fraught with conflict and unresolved issues even though
women (the majority of dental employees) are know to be nurturing and helpful. Why is it so hard?
Is there one person who seems to ruin it for everyone else? Or does it go deeper?
This lively presentation will increase your understanding of the underlying dynamics that can create conflict
and also create understanding and cooperation. We will cover thoughtful ideas for transforming your office
environment.

"Stainless Steel Crowns are a Snap"
(Hands on course)
Do primary tooth crowns mystify you? They always sound so simple—right up until you try them on a live
pediatric patient. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to diagnose properly for stainless steel crowns. 
Next you will be able to see the proper preparation and placement technique (including a live demonstration)
and then perform it yourself on a typodont. At the end of this workshop you will agree that these restorations
are a snap! 


"Nutrition Ignition: The Science and the Sense" presented by Mary Ellen Psaltis
The vast sea of nutrition information is difficult to navigate. With ads, fads and crazy science it is
challenging to discern what is actually beneficial. Increase your food awareness with the best of
science and sense in order to make sound, appropriate choices. The actions you take on a daily
basis make a difference in the overall health of you, your practice and your patients.

Plus learn top tips in incorporate into your healthy living right now.

"Food as your Farm-acy" presented by Mary Ellen Psaltis
The food choices you make are the foundation for your optimal health - and the health of your
practice. The results even touch your patients. You will learn how to take powerful steps daily
that can add up to a lifetime of optimal well-being and also take home helpful tips.

"Heart Work is Not Hard"(Volunteering to your highest good)

Perhaps you've read or heard about health care professionals who have traveled to foreign countries to provide
humanitarian treatment to the disadvantaged. How can they do that, you wonder. In this program, learn about several
existing programs that would allow you to participate immediately and also about how Dr. Psaltis created two programs
in Mexico. Legalities, logistics and the rich rewards will be discussed with visual support of photographs and videos of the
programs in action. This program will touch your heart and possibly have you taking your dreams of helping others to the
next step.

"Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?" presented by Mary Ellen Psaltis
Can we blame our genes for our health woes? Are we victims or agents of change? We know
nutrition is integral to our health, but we need to get our brains and thoughts working with us.
Learn top strategies that support your body and your life. (Friday 11:00 a.m. - noon)

"Nutrition Ignition Quiz and Latest Buzz" presented by Mary Ellen Psaltis
Test your nutrition knowledge with a quiz. With a light-hearted attitude we will examine fun food facts
and design healthy strategies for every day living. We will touch on health in the news and you can pick up
ideas to integrate into your life. (Sat. 11:00 - noon)

"Problem Parents? No Problem!" presented by Greg and Mary Ellen Psaltis
Are you among those who think that parents are the problem in children’s treatment in a dental office? In this
informative program you will learn to identify parents’ hidden agendas, why parents behave in different ways
and some shortcut clues to dealing effectively with parents. These simple, but remarkably effective skills will
enhance your communications when presenting treatment plans, scheduling appointments or teaching oral
hygiene techniques. Are parents really the problem or is it our understanding of them?

"Primary Pulp Therapy"
This one hour presentation will discuss several primary tooth pulp therapy medicaments and techniques.
Included will be pulpotomy procedures and pulpectomy (primary root canals) as well.


"Getting Green" in the Health Pavilion
 
Save money, save time, be kind to the environment and get more greens in your body. We each make
powerful choices every day. Up your participation in the game of life with greater health and well-being.
Collect ideas for daily living that bring green to your wallet, your plate and your world.

"To B or Not to B"
(Behavior Management from a new Perspective)
Have you ever wondered why pediatric dentists love their work? Imagine seeing nothing but… (gulp) children
all day long! For some of you, this may sound like the worst of your nightmares come true. Attend this engaging,
fun and informative program and discover many of the simple keys to unlocking the best kept secret in dentistry—
the joy of treating children. The presentation includes audience participation exercises that enhance the understanding
of the child’s experience in the dental setting. Just for fun, we will also discuss handling the parents so that they can
be helpful rather than a hindrance.


"Pediatric Preventive and Interceptive Orthodontics"
In this program there will be a thorough review of all space maintainers used in pediatric dentistry as well as
some active appliances for space-regaining and cross-bite correction. Diagnosis of early orthodontic referrals
will also be discussed to clarify which cases can and should be referred early and which ones can wait. Habits
and their management will be covered as well. Finally, the techniques for banding and impression-taking for all
appliances are illustrated during the program.

"Baby Steps"
(Infant and Preschool Dental Care for General Dentists)
Emphasis is now being placed on establishing a dental home for all children upon eruption of the
first tooth or at 12 months of age. It is essential that all dental care providers become skilled at the
steps necessary to make these visits successful for both the child and parents. This course discusses
developmental ages, appropriate guidelines and clinical tips.

"A New GPS"

Whether you are in your first year out of your training program or just short of retirement, this presentation is for you. Stimulate
your thoughts and activate practical, achievable steps to increase your enjoyment of work and assure that your investment of time,
money and effort will continue to pay off over a lifetime. Drawing upon the advice of several dental experts (as well as others
from outside of dentistry), the material will help you establish a plan to enhance your professional and personal life. Both realistic
and fun, your new GPS will guide you to the place you’ve always wanted to be.





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