LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education is the brand name of LSU’s overall continuing dental education program; it represents the long-standing affiliation and working relationship between LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry and The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc. for the purpose of developing and marketing continuing education courses.
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Course Description

Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA) - New Orleans


This is NOT a beginner dental assisting course.

You must have 6 months chair-side experience, assisting a dentist prior to taking this course.

with Nancy DeGruy, RDH, CDA, EFDA,
Dana Williams, CDA, EDDA and 
Brianne Mannino, CDA, EDDA

Friday-Sunday, November 15-17, 2019
Lecture & Hands-On Course Location: LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, 1100 Florida Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
Course #69-19 | 24 hours clinical CDE credit
(12 hours lecture/12 hours participation)

& Breakfast: 7:30 am (each day)
Start Time: 8:00 am (each day) | End Time: no later than 5:00 pm (each day)

Registration Fee
$650 (Dental Assistant)
This course has limited-attendance - Register Early!
Course tuition includes all materials and supplies. Continental breakfast will be provided Friday and Sunday mornings and lunch will be provided on Friday only. On Sunday, snacks are available.

To Register
Register Online - Course confirmation and information regarding parking, sign-in, and attire will be sent by email.
Call: (504) 941-8193
Fax Registration Form to: (504) 941-8403
Mail Registration Form with Payment to: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education
1100 Florida Avenue, Box 142-B, New Orleans, LA 70119
If paying with check, please make it payable to LACDE.
International registrations can only be processed by phone.

NOTE: In addition to paying your registration fees, you and your dentists need to complete, sign, and return the Dentist Confirmation/Dental Assistant Agreement Form and you must complete and return the EDDA Assistant Experience Form no later than two weeks prior to the date of the course in order to be considered fully registered in the course


Attention Dental Employers: Qualifying Louisiana dentists can be reimbursed for sending their assistants to EDDA. For details, click on SBET Reimbursement Info.

Course Overview
Please note - this is NOT a beginner dental assisting course. It is the "next step" for assistants who want to expand their capabilities in dental practice. Do not consider registering for this course unless you have six-months of experience chair side assisting a dentist. This course is designed to provide dental assistants - who have a minimum of six months' chair side dental assisting experience - with the knowledge and skills they need to perform expanded duty dental assisting functions as specified by Louisiana law. Hands-on exercises will be performed in the laboratory to reinforce the didactic material presented in the lectures. Each participant will be given and must pass a post-course examination to determine his or her qualifications. Because the temperature may vary from one location to another during the course, attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a sweater or jacket.


After successfully completing the EDDA course, dental assistants must:

  • Complete and sign an "EDDA Application for Certification Confirmation" and mail to the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry (LSBD).
    • The EDDA application requires (see EDDA LSBD Application below):
      • Proof of completion of your EDDA course (Verification of Participation letter)
      • Proof of completion of an LSBD-approved radiology course (Verification of Participation letter)
      • Copy (not the original) of a current CPR certification card

You do not need to bring these documents to the LSU EDDA course


Course Objectives
After successfully completing the EDDA course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the limitations and uses of coronal polishing technique as contrasted with a prophylaxis.
  • Name and describe the groups of extrinsic and intrinsic stains on dentition.
  • Describe the use and, care and lubrication of the right angle handpiece.
  • Identify and describe the function of the instruments and materials used in coronal polishing.
  • Demonstrate coronal polishing.
  • Name the instruments and materials for suturing.
  • Demonstrate the process of removing sutures with a sterile technique.
  • Describe the process of placing a medicated dressing postoperative.
  • Explain the cause and treatment of alveolar osteitis.
  • Describe post-operative instructions to a patient for home care.
  • Identify the types and uses of dental liners.
  • Demonstrate the placement of a cavity liner.
  • Identify the parts of the Tofflemire matrix retainer.
  • Demonstrate preparing, placing, wedging and removing a Tofflemire matrix retainer.
  • Identify the sequences of steps in the placement of an anterior restoration; and placement of pit and fissure sealant.
  • Demonstrate the etching of a posterior tooth prior to the placement of pit and fissure sealant.
  • List three methods used for gingival retraction.
  • Demonstrate gingival retraction using the chemical method.
  • Demonstrate the removal of the retraction cord.
  • Describe the manipulation and use of periodontal surgical dressing.
  • Demonstrate the mixing and placement of the periodontal dressing.
  • Demonstrate the removal of the periodontal dressing.
  • Describe the indications for use of nitrous oxide.
  • Describe the contraindication for use of nitrous oxide.
  • Identify the levels of sedation.
  • Knowledgeable of the safety features of the nitrous Unit.
  • Understand technique of application and monitoring nitrous oxide.
  • Demonstrate the application of pit and fissure sealants.
  • Demonstrate the preparation needed before the placement of sealants.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of dental anatomy.
  • Understand the purpose of a temporary crown.
  • Identify the different types of temporary crowns.
  • Fabricate a custom temporary crown.
  • Knowledgeable of proper armamentarium needed for fabrication of a temporary crown.
  • Demonstrate placement of temporary filling.
  • Understand the use of rubber dam and the isolation of teeth.

LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry/The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc. (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP neither approves or nor endorses individual courses or instructors nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Cancellation & Refund Policy:
The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc. (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) reserves the right to cancel any course should circumstances warrant such action. In the event a course is cancelled, the Academy will refund the full tuition. If you cancel your registration for this course, the Academy will refund the tuition you paid (minus an administrative cancellation fee of $65). If you transfer to another course or if another attendee takes your spot in the course, there will be a $45 administrative fee. We must receive your written cancellation request no later than fourteen (14) working days prior to the start of the course by mail, fax at (504) 941-8403, or email at If LSU Health New Orleans CDE receives notification of your cancellation after August 2, 2019, this will result in forfeiture of the entire tuition.

Nonrefundable Airline Ticket, Flight Change, or Hotel Reservation:
The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc. (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) cannot be held responsible for the cost of a nonrefundable airline ticket, flight change, or hotel room reservation in the event a course is cancelled or rescheduled.

Please note: No cell phones, laptops, or notebooks are allowed in the course.

This PDF application includes detailed information and instructions to become a certified EDDA by the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry (LSBD). This is from the LSBD website.

This form has to be filled out entirely and mailed to the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry along with a copy of completion for the EDDA course, approved radiology course, and current CPR card. You cannot practice as an EDDA without first applying for certification to practice as an EDDA with the LSBD. After submitting your application to the LSBD, it could take several weeks to receive it in the mail. To check on the status of your EDDA certification, please call the LSBD at (225) 219-7330.

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