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ADA 2015 promises variety of courses

August 06, 2015

By David Burger

Dr. Awla
Seattle — If variety is the spice of life, ADA annual meetings are a veritable spice market.

Dr. Daman Kaur Awla can attest to that because of her experience at ADA 2014 — America's Dental Meeting last October in San Antonio.

The Seattle dentist and graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry attended no fewer than seven continuing education courses at ADA 2014.

Two in particular illustrated the breadth of courses available at annual meetings.

Along with the technical Crown-Lengthening Procedures to Enhance Restorative Results, Dr. Awla also learned about a quite different subject in Herbal Remedies: The Good, Bad and Unknown.

Dr. Awla wanted to attend courses that she could use immediately. "Professionally, the meeting promoted growth of my didactic and clinical skills," she said. "The crown-lengthening seminar was my favorite since I was able to integrate it into my practice right away."

Dr. Awla attended the crown-lengthening course because she wanted to expand her repertoire. "I work with a highly skilled general dentist that performs all of her own oral and periodontal surgeries," she said. "I wanted the formal didactic course that would enable me to feel confident doing the same. Paired with the clinical experience I get, this course was what I needed to systematically diagnose and treat patients that need crown-lengthening surgeries."

The dentist quickly put what she learned into practice. "I routinely perform clinical crown-lengthening procedures in my clinic," Dr. Awla said. "I felt it helped strengthen my clinical knowledge to successfully offer this surgery to my patients. I have been able to expand the scope of my practice to more complicated oral surgery."

On the other side of the coin, the herbal remedy course attracted Dr. Awla because of her interest in holistic health. "I often plan some fun courses centered on health and wellness that reflect my core values as a provider who focuses on oral and systemic health," she said. "Particularly, I enjoyed courses on sleep medicine, stress reduction and herbal medicine as they relate to dental health. Those courses reminded me of what is great value to us as health care professionals: personal well-being as it relates to our patients and ourselves. Living well is an art and science, and it was interesting to attend lectures by scientists about sleep medicine and herbal remedies relating to our field."

The herbal remedies course allowed Dr. Awla to increase her knowledge of a topic that was quite different from the crown-lengthening course. "I am always looking for innovative ways to treat patients," she said. "My vision for my practice is one that is integrative with all specialties of patient wellness. I wasn't sure what to expect from the courses. The speakers had a demonstrated background in their respective fields, so I expected a good lecture — but I was blown away by some of the studies they spoke about."

Taken together, the courses showcased the variety of education that has convinced her to attend ADA 2015 — America's Dental Meeting Nov. 5-10 in Washington, D.C. "I enjoy the annual meeting due to breadth of courses offered and the opportunity to network with fellow colleagues," Dr. Awla said. "It is exciting to learn about advances in the field as this challenges my own practice model."

With all Dr. Awla learned last year, she has already registered for ADA 2015. "I love being around brilliant minds," she said. "Networking with educators, meeting old friends and creating new relationships is the most rewarding. The bottom line for me is being inspired — this leads to my personal growth and development, building of technical skills, and connecting with my dental community."

Registration for ADA 2015 is open online at Registration and CE course fees increase after Oct. 8.
For a list of courses planned, visit
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