SDHA Conference Sessions


Topic & Description Documents
Reconciliation and Cultural Safety in Dentistry – Dr. Sheri McKinstry  

Hands on Ultrasonics Master Class – Cheri Wu

At the completion of each workshop the participant will be able to:

  • Learn technique oversights that hinder clinical outcomes and how to avoid them.
  • Demonstrate the most effective principles of ultrasonic instrumentation, including grasp, fulcrum, lateral pressure, activation and adaptation.
  • Determine best practice for insert selection, power level and sequencing.
  • Describe the benefits and limitations of straight and curved ultrasonic instruments for debridement.
  • Learn how to access furcations, concavities and rotations using curved ultrasonic inserts
  • Increased understanding of how to achieve patient and clinician comfort while using ultrasonic technology and minimizing aerosols.

An Introduction to Orofacial Myology – Andrea Melnyk

This course presents an overview of the specialty area of Orofacial Myology and its relationship to the field of Dentistry.

Participants will:

  1. Learn about the history of myofunctional therapy
  2. Understand the role of the Orofacial Myologist
  3. Understand Oral Rest Posture and and its impact on the teeth, jaws and airway
  4. Understand why Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are detrimental to overall health
  5. Identify the most common causes of OMDs
  6. Recognize the symptoms of OMDs while screening patients

A Few of Our Favorite Things – Kathleen Bokrossy & Beth Parkes

During this session let your imagination explore the possibilities! You will be introduced to new innovative products and solutions to help create a dream-come-true experience for the clinician, the client and your practice.
From instrument selection to ergonomic and assessment tools, discover what is available and set yourself up for success by integrating some of the most intuitive products and tools available.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover new advancements in instrument technology and style
  • Review the wear of ultrasonic inserts and hand instruments and discover when to replace and why it is essential
  • Learn strategies to make positive change happen in your practice
  • Learn how to incorporate new advancements into your routine to increase efficiency, provide optimal treatment and promote oral health.
Oral-Systemic Links: What Do We Tell Our Patients? – Dr. Salme Lavigne  
  • Agenda
  • Annual Report
  • April 2, 2022 AGM Minutes

Oral Oncology: A Holistic Approach – Dr. Amanda Gruza

Join Dr. Amanda Gruza as she offers insight into the world of oral oncology and oral oncologic care in Saskatchewan. Learn about the holistic, team-based approach necessary for the provision of patient-centered cancer care and your role on the team. Gain an understanding of the types of cancers and cancer treatments that necessitate involvement of the oral health care team and how these dental services are, and should be, provided. Leave feeling confident that you will be able to effectively screen patients for oral and oropharyngeal cancers, as well as offer the gold standard of care to any of patients diagnosed with cancer.


Sleep Apnea: A Not so Silent Killer – Kathleen Bokrossy

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder characterized by upper airway collapse during sleep. OSA is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders and is potentially fatal, affecting approximately 4-9% of the adult population. Like most sleep disorders, OSA is unrecognized, under-diagnosed and under-treated with an estimated 70-90% of cases going undiagnosed. Dental Hygienists are the first line of defence in recognizing and screening for potential OSA. We play a critical role in improving the quality and longevity of life of our clients.Understanding the sleep disorder, how it affects our clients, how to screen for potential OSA, and recognize when to refer is in our area of influence.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn what Obstructive Sleep Apnea is and the physical implications it has on your clients
    2. Elevate knowledge of the clinical signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    3. Learn Screening Tools to assess for potential Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  1. Understand options for treatment, collaboration and when to refer
Periodontitis, Dysbiosis and Inflammation: What’s the Connection? – Dr. Salme Lavigne