Programs & Events | EDDS

Registration Information

EDDS Membership for Dentists and Denturists and their staff are entitled to attend all scientific sessions (includes an optional catered 3 course hot lunch at each scientific session).

Single scientific session attendance for RDA, RDH, lab technician, sales rep: $85 (includes an optional catered 3 course hot lunch at each scientific session). 

New Grads: free attendance to scientific sessions, for year following graduation only (includes an optional catered 3 course hot lunch at each scientific session).


ss2021-10 Dr. John Svirsky

Mar 26, 21

Update on Xerostomia, Vaping and Human Papilloma Virus (half day) Review of common radiolucent and radiopaque lesions (half day)

This new interactive course for 2021 will present a potpourri of important cases that every dentist and hygienist should recognize. During the course the drugs used to treat specific oral diseases will be reviewed, and an update on xerostomia, vaping and human papilloma virus will be presented.

Some unusual “things” might pop up! A good time is to be had by all.


  1. Integrate therapeutic regimens used to treat selected oral diseases such as aphthous ulcerations, herpes, candidiasis, angular cheilitis and lichen planus.
  2. Manage xerostomia in your dental practice.
  3. Understand the vaping epidemic and human papilloma virus.

25 Shades of Grey and a Whole Lot Less Risqué (half day)

This radiology review course has a number of common cases in addition to some interesting unusual cases thrown in to keep the audience on their “toes.”

The emphasis will be a review of common radiolucent and radiopaque lesions. Get ready to learn, laugh and make a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases.


  1. Demonstrate a logical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of common radiolucent lesions found on radiographs.
  2. Demonstrate a logical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of common radiopaque lesions found on radiographs.
  3. Recognize the common radiographic lesions found in dental practices.


Dr. John Svirsky is a board certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Svirsky has developed a broad background in research, published numerous articles in the dental literature, and earned a master’s degree in adult education.  He is a sought after speaker with an international reputation as an informative and entertaining lecturer.

Dr. Svirsky is an honorary member of the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society and has received a Presidential Citation from the American Dental Association for significant contributions to the health of the public and the profession of dentistry. In 2012 he received the William J. Gies Award from the Greater New York Dental Meeting for contributions to oral health. The Alumni Association of Virginia Commonwealth University chose Dr. Svirsky to receive the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award. In 2015 Dr. Svirsky received the Distinguished Service Award from the Dawson Academy for advancement of the Dental Profession through Research, Publication and Education and awarded an Honorary Membership in the American Academy of Oral Medicine. In 2019 Dr. Svirsky was awarded the Distinguished Career Professorship from VCU and in February 2020 Professor Emeritus from VCU.

ss2021-9 John A. Sorensen, DMD, PhD, FACP

Apr 09, 21

Predictable Excellence in Esthetic Fixed Prosthodontics:

Integrating Modern Materials, Digital Technology and Traditional Prosthodontic Principles Into Clinical Practice


Enabled by today’s advanced materials and the control of the CAD process, digital technologies have advanced prosthodontics to levels implausible only 10 years ago. This synergy produces exceptional clinical prosthodontics with speed and efficiency, fabricating prostheses as accurate or frequently superior in precision to conventional prosthodontics. But, there are times that there seems to be too much hype about the wonders of digital dentistry. Digital technology is just a tool and not a substitute for thorough and comprehensive treatment planning, appropriate materials selection or sound treatment rationale. It will not compensate for a compromised tooth preparation or repair poor soft tissue management.

This one-day course aims to present the latest available information on all things in digital prosthodontics, exploring the exciting developments and current status of dental ceramics, and evidence based materials selection for both conventional and implant prosthodontics. Treatments ranging from single tooth up to complex full mouth rehabilitation will be covered.  Utilizing clinical cases Dr. Sorensen will delve extensively into practical clinical principles and techniques ranging from in-depth esthetic analyses, tooth preparations, treatment planning and the iterative process of working with provisional prostheses as a prototype for the definitive prosthesis, conventional and digital workflows for definitive prostheses and clinical-laboratory steps for the finishing touches in delivery of the final prosthesis. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of digital impressions relative to conventional impressions.
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of the various parts of the digital workflow in prosthodontics for both the clinical and laboratory technology aspects.
  • Understand the principles of adhesive ceramic tooth preparation design for posterior restorations.
  • Identify how digital tools can enhance patient communication and acceptance, treatment planning and visualization of esthetic and functional outcomes.
  • Understand how the digital workflow can be used to efficiently design and fabricate the provisional prosthesis as a prototype for the definitive prosthesis.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of applications of the various classes of dental ceramics.
  • Understand how conventional and novel esthetic systems for monolithic zirconia and lithium disilicates. 
  • Understand selection criteria for material systems, digital technologies, implant abutments and cements.  


Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry Director, Biomimetics Biomaterials Biophotonics Biomechanics & Technology (B4T) Laboratory
Director of Research, Graduate Prosthodontics Program School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Dr. Sorensen is Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry; Director, Biomimetics Biomaterials Biophotonics Biomechanics & Technology Laboratory; Director of Research, Graduate Prosthodontics Program; Director of Research, Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Washington. The B4T team is actively engaged in materials science investigation, developing new diagnostic and analysis tools, research and development of digital work flows for conventional prosthodontics and implant surgical-prosthodontics and clinical trials.

From 2003-2012, as founder and director of The Pacific Dental Institute in Tigard, Oregon, he conducted clinical trials and materials testing, and hands-on and live-patient treatment CE programs. At PDI he had a full-time prosthodontic practice with in-house technicians and then an implant specialty center for 9 years. From 1994-2003 he was The ODA Centennial Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Director, Dental Clinical Research Center at Oregon Health & Sciences University.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Sorensen was awarded the 2018 Clinician-Researcher Award by the American College of Prosthodontists. He has published over 90 research articles and chapters as well as over 145 research abstracts. He has given over 150 invited lectures in 35 countries as well as over 300 lecture courses, hands-on programs and patient-treatment classes.


ss2020-6 Dr. Shouresh Charkhandeh

Nov 06, 20

Sleep & Airway Management; Why, How & What?

In today’s society people are continually looking for new ways to improve their quality of life and sense of well-being. Sleep is an essential component of health. It plays a vital role in physical and mental health. Sleep awareness is rising, so as the prevalence of Sleep Disorders. Unfortunately, majority of patients with Sleep disorders remain undiagnosed. Dentists can have an instrumental role in helping patients achieve a better quality of life, by recognizing and addressing sleep and airway disorders.

This lecture will provide an overview of;

  • “Why” dental clinics should have a comprehensive understanding of sleep & airway disorders, and educate their patients
  • “How” to implement a sleep and airway management program in a dental clinic
  • “What” is involved in helping patients with sleep disorders

It will review the importance of Sleep & Airway management in comprehensive inter-disciplinary treatment planning and how airway and sleep disorders, if left untreated, could adversely impact the long-term prognosis of dental treatments. It will also provide a practical step-by-step approach to implementing a simple & predictable “Sleep and Airway Management” program in a dental clinic; with easy to implement systems and clinical tools for a fully digital workflow, utilizing the latest technologies in the field of Dentistry and Sleep.


Dr. Charkhandeh is a general dentist who received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree and Bachelor of Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada. He then furthered his education and training by completing a research fellowship in the area of “Sleep and Dental Sleep Medicine” at the University of Antwerp Hospital (UZA), in Antwerp, Belgium, where he is currently working on his PhD thesis in sleep medicine.

As a well-known and passionate educator, researcher and innovator in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Charkhandeh has lectured at numerous national sleep meetings across the world, such as AASM & AADSM Annual Meetings (USA), CSS Annual Meeting (Canada), iBEDSMA Annual Meeting (Belgium), NVTS Annual Meeting (Netherlands), DGZS Annual Meeting (Germany) and many more dental meetings. He is the recipient of the “2012 & 2015 Clinical Research Award” and “2015 Clinical Excellence Award” from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

ss2020-8 Dr. Brian Goodacre

Dec 04, 20

Digital Dentures: Benefits, Workflows, and Future Applications

Brief course synopsis: 

This course will focus on the current and future applications of digital dentures.  Discussing the benefits, limitations, and clinical workflows. With the widespread use of intraoral scanners, capturing the edentulous soft tissue as well as digitizing traditional records, have changed the way we fabricate dentures. This presentation will demonstrate the clinical workflows and discuss the pros and cons of using these emerging techniques. Additionally, it is widely known that 3D printed complete dentures are becoming a viable option, but how do they compare to milled dentures? This lecture will compare the physical properties of milled and printed complete dentures to help determine their best applications.


Dr. Brian J. Goodacre received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2013. He completed a four-and-a-half-year combined program in Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2017, earning an MSD degree. He is a board-certified prosthodontist and serves as an assistant professor at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.  Dr. Goodacre lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to digital dentistry, prosthodontics and implant dentistry. He is passionate about implementing technology into the dental student curriculum and is involved in multiple research projects, many of which have been published in peer reviewed journals.

ss2021-6 Dr. C. Yarascavitch, BSc, Msc, DDS, MSc (Dental Anesthesia), Dip ADBA

Jan 22, 21

“Hey Doc, I'm scared of the Dentist!": Comprehensive Management of the Anxious Patient.

If treating anxious patients makes YOU nervous—this is the course for you. Take the stress out of the management of patients with dental fear and anxiety by learning tips and tricks from an expert in behavioural and pharmacological management. In this course you will learn:


  1. The psychology of fear and anxiety

  2. "Assess for success" - a guide to gauge fear and anxiety

  3. The team approach to patient comfort

  4. Office environment and design

  5. Behavioural management strategies

  6. Pharmacological options: inhalational, oral, and intravenous

  7. “Clinical Pearls” for sedation practice

  8. The management of sedation urgencies and emergencies

Please bring a smartphone or tablet that can be wi-fi enabled for an interactive case-based learning experience.


Dr. Carilynne Yarascavitch is a Dentist-Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry (Jul 2013). Carilynne is active in the training of both undergraduate dental students and graduate dental anaesthesia residents at the Faculty of Dentistry as both a didactic and clinical instructor. She is the current Program Director for the Graduate Dental Anaesthesia Specialty Program at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Yarascavitch received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brock University (Jun 2000), followed by her Doctor of Dental Surgery (Jun 2004) and Masters of Science in Dental Anesthesiology (Oct 2008) from the University of Toronto. As a Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology (Apr 2009), she is a Certified Specialist in Dental Anaesthesia in Ontario, Canada (May 2009). She is Active Staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Dec 2012). Her deep sedation and general anesthesia practice at this large tertiary care academic hospital provides access to care for dental phobic, special needs, and medically complex patients.

Dr. Yarascavitch is former Research Fellow at the Wilson Centre for Education Research, Toronto General Hospital (University Health Network) (2007-2015). Carilynne is an active member of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Dental Anesthesiology Research (DAR) Group, International Federation of Dental Anesthesia Societies (IFDAS), American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (ASDA), Canadian Academy of Dental Anaesthesia (CADA), and the Canadian Association of Hospital Dentists (CAHD). She is also a Heart and Stroke Certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) (Dec 2007), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) (Apr 2019) and Basic Life Support (BLS) (Apr 2019) instructor and teaches with both the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Advanced Life Support (ALS) Educators and Canadian International Medical Relief Organization (CIMRO). Broadly, her clinical and research interests include sedation and dental care for special needs and medically complex patients as well as health professions education research and scholarship. She lectures and participates locally, nationally, and internationally in clinical and research interests related to Dental Anesthesia and Dental Education.

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