Continuing Dental Education

OHSU Dental School


In accordance with OHSU policy and the orders set forth by Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, the School of Dentistry’s educational facilities are closed. We are postponing all in-person CE events. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Case at 


Stay up to date with the ever-changing world of dentistry with our state-of-the art continuing education facility in Portland's beautiful South Waterfront District next to the Tilikum Crossing Bridge.

  • Our courses are taught by world-renown researchers and scholars who present on topics that will make an immediate positive impact on your professional practices.
  • We offer a wide range of continuing education opportunities, hosting 50-70 CE events annually for dental health professionals, clinical researchers, biomedical scientists, and dental educators.
  • Our courses provide relevant, evidence-based resources to help you in your practice and to meet your license renewal requirements.
  • The SoD CE Team is expanding our library of online offerings. Stay tuned!

CDE Offerings

Click the Course Calendar button below for a list of our current courses.

Contact us

Continuing Dental Education Department
Phone: 503-494-8857
Fax: 503-494-2973

Stay up to date and complete continuing education conveniently from your location and at your own pace. Current online courses:

Presented by Dr. Karla Kent

The Oregon Board of Dentistry now requires all dental professionals to be up-to-date with the guidelines and regulations concerning infection control. This class provides a review of CDC guidelines and recommendations for infection control practices in dentistry, emphasizing the Infection Control Guidelines of the Oregon Board of Dentistry. Rationale for recommended practices will be discussed and scenarios will be presented to help dental healthcare workers identify and reduce risk of spreading disease to providers and patients. 

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Presented by Dr. Dave Carsten

Life and Infection Control in the COVID Era. COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is the first large pandemic in over 100 years. It has forced a cultural change. It has been christened World War C, a pandemic like this one has the potential to alter the direction of history. We will talk about well-established approaches that can be applied to the practice of dentistry and how this challenge will cause fundamental changes in how dentists work with patients and employees.

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Online Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In this online lecture, we talk about the history of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, various causes, and the diagnostic criteria and symptoms, along with different treatment options. We will also talk about the effects PTSD has on the oral cavity, and how you provide high quality dental treatment to patients with PTSD.  At the end you will have the opportunity to work on a case scenario. 

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Presented by Dr. Dave Carsten

Learn up to date information regarding COVID-19. Watch the video then take the online test! This is a no charge CE course.

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Presented by Dr. Mark Donaldson

This online program looks at some of your most critical patients, common disease states and their management with a particular focus on the dental realm. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant's questions are addressed. Most importantly, you will learn implementable strategies to successfully treat medically-complex patients on Monday morning; after all, our goal is to make sure all dental appointments are not just successful for your patient, but also for you and your staff.

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Presented by Dr. Mark Donaldson

This course is specifically designed to introduce nitrous oxide-oxygen minimal sedation to any clinician, hygienist or team member who may be new to this modality. This qualifies as 4 CE lecture hours, which can be used to renew a Nitrous Oxide Permit or 4 of the 14 hours required to renew a Moderate Sedation Permit, Deep Sedation Permit or General Anesthesia permit.

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Presented by Dr. Akshay Govind, DMD, MD, MPH

This two part series will focus on relevant anatomy, medical and surgical considerations to assess which surgical cases are appropriate for the general dentist. This will include advanced techniques in achieving profound local anesthesia, tips for the elevation and management of gingival flaps, use of a surgical handpiece in dental extractions, and patient and provider positioning for optimal suturing.

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Presented by Dr. Steven Beadnell

This course will discuss the diagnosis, prevention, and management of common medical emergencies that might occur in dental offices. This course is appropriate for the entire dental team and meets the medical emergency education requirement of the Oregon Board of Dentistry for license renewal and anesthesia permits.

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Presented by Dr. Jorge Garaicoa

The current developments in dental materials and especially dental ceramics have provided a large range of options in terms of what restorative material to choose for an indirect restoration. However these same developments have created confusion within clinicians on what material to choose based in certain conditions like : strength, amount of tooth left, color, location in the mouth of the restoration or the possibility to bond or cement. This course will explain the key differences among the most popular materials that we are using today and also describe how the material can be use obtaining the best possible aesthetic and functional results.

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Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Dental ECHO

Dentists and other dental professionals are cordially invited to participate in the Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Dental ECHO program, funded by the SAMHSA State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant program.

This 6-session program will build the capacity of dentists and their teams to increase responsible opioid prescribing. This CE course is offered at NO COST to the participants

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Oregon Health & Science University 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.


Oregon Health and Science University is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.