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

This is NOT a beginner course.
You MUST have 6 months chair-side experience, assisting a dentist PRIOR to taking this course.

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in New Orleans

Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, 2020
at LSU School of Dentistry, 1100 Florida Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana

24 clinical hours (12 lecture, 12 participation) | Course #74-20
  Sign-In and breakfast: 7:30-8:00 am (each day) | Course Starts: 8:00 am (each day)

Registration Fee: $700 (Dental Assistant)

NOTE: You must submit the following two forms NO LATER than two weeks before the course in order to
  be considered fully registered in the course. If you do not return these forms by the deadline, you
automatically be transferred to the next course.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: We understand in these uncertain times, finances can be a concern. If you need financial 
   assistance to attend an LSUCDE course in 2020, please contact our office. We have a small fund set aside to assist with 
   registration costs for each course on a first come, first serve basis.

IMPORTANT: The email address used to register will be the email address to which all course materials will be sent. Once
   you are registered in the course, you will receive an email confirmation from CDE@LSUHSC.EDU
EMAIL CONFIRMATION FROM CDE@LSUHSC.EDU within ten (10) business days, please call our office 504.941.8193.

  CDE@LSUHSC.EDU is never used for marketing purposes, to ensure delivery of course information please add this email address
  into your contacts and/or mark as a "safe-sender".


Phone: (504) 941-8193  |Online: Click here


This is the "next step" for assistants who want to expand their capabilities in dental practice. This course is designed to provide dental assistants 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 material presented in the lectures. Each participant will be given and must pass a post-course examination to determine their competency.

Upon successful completion of this course and examination and submitting a post-course evaluation, participants will receive a verification of participation letter. To receive your EDDA certification, you must submit this EDDA training verification of participation letter along with the EDDA Application for Certification Confirmation, proof of completion of a Louisiana State Board of Dentistry-approved radiology course, a copy of a current CPR certification card and the required application fee to the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry (LSBD). DO NOT SUBMIT THESE DOCUMENTS TO LSU CONTINUING DENTAL EDUCATION. The LSBD is the certifying agency for EDDA in Louisiana. After you have submitted a complete application form along with the required documents and fees to the LSBD it could take several weeks for you to receive your certificate by mail. To check the status of your application, call the LSBD at 225.219.7330.

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, participants should be better able to identify, understand, and explain:

  • Function of instruments and materials used in coronal polishing
  • Limitations and uses of coronal polishing technique as contrasted with a prophylaxis
  • Use, care, and lubrication of the right-angle handpiece
    Instruments and materials for suturing
  • Types and levels of sedation
  • Types and uses of dental liners
  • Parts of the Tofflemire matrix retainer
  • Sequence of steps in the placement of an anterior restoration
  • Placement of pit and fissure sealant
  • Groups of extrinsic and intrinsic stains on dentition
  • Process for placing a medicated dressing post-operative
  • Cause and treatment of alveolar osteitis
  • Post-operative instruction to a patient for home care
  • Indications and contraindications for use of nitrous oxide
  • Safety features of the nitrous unit
  • Technique of, application, and monitoring nitrous oxide
  • Purpose of and different types of temporary crowns
  • Proper armamentarium needed for fabrication of a temporary crown
  • Use of rubber dam and the isolation of teeth
  • Manipulation and use of periodontal surgical dressing
  • Methods used for gingival retraction

After completing the course, participants should be better  able to demonstrate their knowledge of/ability to perform:

  • Dental anatomy
  • Coronal polishing
  • Removing sutures with a sterile technique
  • Placement of a cavity liner
  • Preparing, placing, wedging, and removing a Tofflemire matrix retainer
  • Etching of a posterior tooth prior to the placement of pit and fissure sealant
  • Gingival retraction using the chemical method
  • Removal of the retraction cord
  • Mixing, placement and removal of periodontal dressing
  • Application of pit and fissure sealants
  • Preparation needed before placement of sealants
  • Placement of temporary filling

About the Presenters

Nancy DeGruy, RDH, CDA, EFDA has 25 years of dental hygiene experience. She is the New Orleans EDDA Team leader and has taught EDDA courses for 15 years.

Dana Williams, CDA, EDDA has 30 years of dental assisting experience. She is a Dental Program Coordinator at the LSU School of Dentistry in the Pediatrics Department. She has taught EDDA courses for the past 10 years.

Brianne Mannino, CDA, EDDA has 11 years of dental assisting experience. She currently works as a lead dental assistant at The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. She has taught EDDA courses for five years. 

Course Location

This course will be held at LSU School of Dentistry at 1100 Florida Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana located in the Mid-City area of New Orleans near beautiful City Park and historic Bayou St. John. If you are staying at a downtown hotel in or near the French Quarter, the distance to the dental school is approximately five miles. If you are driving to the dental school, free parking is available in the patient and visitor parking lots located across from the dental school. Find out all that will be going on in New Orleans while you are in town by logging onto or calling 1 (800) 672-6124, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Central Time. 

SBET Reimbursement Information

Attention Dental Employers: Qualifying Louisiana dentists could be reimbursed for sending their assistants to EDDA training through the Small Business Employee Training (SBET) training program. For additional information click here. The SBET program application and reimbursement is between you and the SBET of the Louisiana Department of Labor. LSU Continuing Dental Education does not process this paperwork or reimbursement. 



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 does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for 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. If a course is canceled, the Academy will refund the full tuition. If you cancel your registration, the Academy will refund the tuition you paid (minus an administrative cancellation fee). We must receive your written cancellation request no later than October 23, 2020 by mail, fax at (504) 941-8403, or email at If LSU Health New Orleans CDE receives notification of your cancellation after the specified deadline, this will result in forfeiture of your entire tuition. 

Health & Wellness (Physical Attendance) Policy:By registering for an in-person course, you affirm that you will comply with the safety requirements of the course facility/location with regards to wearing face masks, getting temperature taken, etc. You also affirm that you will NOT attend the course if you have a fever, respiratory/flu-like symptoms and/or if you believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19. If you are ill and/or feel that you should self-quarantine and will not be able to attend the course (in-person), contact our office (504.941.8193) or It is your responsibility to (i) ensure you are healthy enough to attend a course in person, (ii) abide by safety requirements of the course facility/location, and (iii) contact LSUCDE office (504.941.8193 or if you will be unable to attend a course due to illness. LSUCDE must be contacted PRIOR to the start date/time of the course. LSUCDE monitors updates from the CDC, as well as, local, state, and federal guidelines. If additional safety precautions become necessary, LSUCDE will inform registered attendees.

Nonrefundable Airline Ticket, Flight Change, or Hotel Reservation: LACDE (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 canceled or rescheduled. 

New Knowledge Related to Dental Practice: Dental educational institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Participants are cautioned about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating techniques and procedures into their practices, especially when the course has not provided them with supervised clinical experience in the technique or procedure to ensure that they have attained competence. Providership or partial providership of a continuing education course by LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure or product.

Equality of Educational Opportunity: The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc., LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education, and LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry are committed to equality and do not discriminate against applicants, students or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

Continuing Education Credit: CE credit awarded for participation in a course or activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his or her state licensing board.

Photography Release: By attending this course/session, attendees agree to allow their names, likenesses and images either in audio, photographic or video format recorded on site to be used by The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc. (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) for educational and promotional purposes.

Please: No recording devices in lecture rooms or lab, and turn mobile phones off.


1100 Florida Avenue  •  Box 142-B  •  Clinic Building  •  Room 4319  •  New Orleans  •  Louisiana 70119-2799
Phone: 504.941.8193  •  Fax 504.941.8403  •