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Dental Hygiene Continuing Education

Fall 2014

Mandatory Continuing Education

On July 11, 1996, Bill 7324A was passed by the Senate and the Assembly requiring that every TRIENNIAL registration period, registered dental hygienists must complete a minimum of 24 hours of education, inclusive of the previously required mandatory child abuse and infection control training approved by the State Education Department. Farmingdale State College is an approved provider of continuing education credits in New York State for both dental hygienists and dentists; the American Academy of Dental Hygiene is the approved NYS sponsor.

Infiltration Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide

The legal change to the Dental Hygiene Practice Act that went into effect as of August 2003 expands the scope of dental hygiene to include infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide.     The course for this certificate is usually offered late spring each year. Please check our website in February, 2015 or call 631-420-2659. __________________________________________________

ALL courses are open to

dental hygienists and dentists.

Registration Form


CRN # 11001 & 11002 Course G600



Farmingdale State College has been approved by the State Education Department as a provider for the mandated Barrier Precautions and Infection Control course. Those professionals affected by this mandate include dentists and dental hygienists. This course meets the necessary requirements.

You are required to take the course every four years. The instructor has been certified by the State Education Department.

Instructor:Carol McNamara, RDH, BS

Clinical Instructional Support Specialist

Department of Dental Hygiene

Farmingdale State College

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014   CRN # 11001

Time:   6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Tuition:   $65.   Contact Hours: 3     CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline:   October 7, 2104

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Date:      Sunday, November 16, 2014 CRN # 11002

Time:      9:00 A.M. –   Noon

Tuition:   $65.   Contact Hours:   3    CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline: November 6, 2014

CRN # 11007 Course D900



Hygienists play a key role in ultimate patient care. In today's economy patients are looking for long-term, predictable results when making decisions on treatment options. Early detection is key when treating any disease process and especially in the treatment of periodontal disease. Regenerative therapies have significantly impacted clinical practice on a number of levels. Building upon bone grafting and guided tissue regeneration techniques, emphasis will be placed on biologic modifiers, particularly enamel matrix derivative. This discussion will focus on regeneration vs. repair and the role of these progressive therapies in the decision making process. Evidence based research and clinical cases will be presented.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

Understand the history of periodontal disease and non-surgical therapiesUnderstand the keys to effective and accurate periodontal assessmentCase presentation and case acceptanceExplain Repair vs. RegenerationExplain the history of Enamel Matrix ProteinsDiscuss the use of biologic mediators for hard and soft tissue regenerationDiscuss the review of research studies

Instructor:Tracy Anderson Butler, CRDH, MFT

Date: Sunday October 19, 2014         CRN # 11007

Time:   9:00 A.M. –   Noon

Tuition:   $65.   Contact Hours: 3     CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline:   October 9, 2104

This course is co-sponsored by

Straumann USA

CRN # 11004 Course D018


The demand for esthetic dentistry has increased in recent years. Whitening products and restorative materials have evolved to meet the needs of today's dental patients. This course will outline the evolution of these products and discuss the types of products and materials available, with recommended clinical techniques to maintain the 21st century smile.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

List the different types of vital tooth bleaching systems that are professionally dispensed

List the different types of over-the-counter tooth whitening systemsList the esthetic conditions that can be treated with vital tooth bleachingDescribe the adverse reactions that have been associated with vital tooth bleachingDescribe st least three different ways to manage bleaching-related tooth hypersensitivityDescribe how to manage bleaching relaps

Instructor :   Marianne Dryer, RDH, MEd

NE Clinical Educator

Dentsply Professional

Date:     Sunday October 26, 2014       CRN # 11004

Time:     9:00 AM – Noon

Tuition:   $65.     Contact Hours: 3       CEU's: 0.3

Registration deadline: October 16, 2014

This course is co-sponsored by

Dentsply Professional

CRN # 11006 Course D019




This course will incorporate an in depth review of the clotting mechanism and the intrinsic, extrinsic, and common factors that influence coagulation. Those pathological conditions requiring prophylactic anti-coagulant therapy will be discussed as well as the pharmacologic agents currently prescribed. Interpretation of the various laboratory tests encountered in daily practice will also be addressed.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

Review coagulation physiology

Discuss the effects of the current anti-coagulant drugs in useRaise awareness of significant laboratory testsIncrease the hygienists ability to recognize contraindications to dental hygiene therapy caused by anti-coagulation therapy

Instructor:Henry Dondero, DDS

Professor, Dental Hygiene Department

Farmingdale Sate College

Date:          Sunday, November 9, 2014     CRN # 11006

Time:          9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Tuition:       $80.           Contact Hours: 4   CEU's   0.4

Registration deadline: October 30, 2014

CRN # 11005   Course G603



It is estimated that 18 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), yet over 80% go undiagnosed. In the last decade, Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) has been extensively researched and scientifically proven as an alternative therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Qualified dental professionals utilize these devices as an efficacious therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dental Hygienists can become integral partners included as part of the multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD), fitted by qualified dental practitioners can help to maintain a patent airway, decreasing snoring and apnea. The Dental Hygienist can easily recognize the signs and symptoms that may lead to a diagnosis and therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Being a Dental Hygienist isn't about just cleaning teeth. You have the ability to improve your patient's health and quality of life in ways you have never imagined!

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

Demonstrate ability to recognize oral signs and symptoms of OSAAcquire basic knowledge of Sleep Breathing DisordersReview case studies of Oral Appliance candidatesAssess when therapy is indicatedForge relationships for referrals as part of a multidisciplinary approachFollow guidelines and implement American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine protocols for OATEmploy solutions to grow practice value

Instructor:Gina Pepitone-Mattiello, RDH

Clinical Dental Sleep Specialist

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014

CRN # 11005

Time:      9:00 A.M. –   Noon

Tuition:   $65. Contact Hours:   3    CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline: November 25, 2014


To enroll in any of these courses, please complete and send in the registration form which you can download by clicking here or you may request one by calling the Department of Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Office at 631-420-2659.


All courses offered will be taught subject to sufficient enrollment. We will give a full refund if you enroll in a class that we cancel. Requests to withdraw from a course that is not cancelled by us will be honored and a refund issued only when received in writing by the Department of Dental Hygiene five (5) business days prior to the start of the course.


Professor Sharon Struminger

Tel: 631-420-2534   Email:

Parking Permits

All vehicles must display a temporary parking permit on the dashboard. A parking permit and confirmation letter will be mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first day of class.

Questions or Concerns

Please call Dental Hygiene Continuing Education office at 631-420-2659 (Please note: Continuing Education office is open only part time, leave message and Eileen will return your call.)

Farmingdale State College

Department of Dental Hygiene

Gleeson Hall – Room #344

2350 Broadhollow Road

Farmingdale, New York 11735

Tel: 631-420-2659       Fax: 631-420-2582