ADHA New Hampshire


New Hampshire Dental Hygienists' Association 


Saturday March 23, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT

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 CE for the Entire Dental Team!

Aiming for Success: Radiographic Techniques from Analog to Digital

Bridging the Gap: Tips for Treating a Patient with Autism

Product Presentations & Vendor Showcase

6.5 Clinical CEU

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Aiming for Success: Radiographic Techniques from Analog to Digital

presented by DENTSPLY Professional Clinical Educator Doreen Smeltzer RDH, MEd


Advances in technology have made a significant impact on the field of dental radiography. For dental practices to make a smooth transition to new technology, an understanding of the basic principles of intraoral radiography and the modifications to these principles required by new technology is beneficial. This course provides the dental professional with techniques to utilize with their current technology, analog or digital, to produce quality, diagnostic images on the first exposure.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of a diagnostic image and exposure factors that affect image quality
  • Recognize the advantages and limitations of new radiographic technology, including digital systems and new designs in aiming devices and holder
  • Utilize the paralleling technique, as well as the bisecting angle technique when warranted, to obtain diagnostic quality images with either analog or digital systems
  • Correctly assemble and position a variety of aiming devices and holders
  • Identify common exposure technique errors and implement methods to correct such errors, including modifications to alignment of image receptor and/or central ray as required by technology or anatomy
  • Implement methods to minimize radiation exposure for patients and the operator

Doreen SmeltzerDoreen Smeltzer RDH, MEd is a Clinical Educator for DENTSPLY Professional, covering the Midwest region of the US. She came to DENTSPLY with 21 years of clinical expertise and 10 years of experience as a Dental Hygiene Educator. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, holding certification as a Dental Assistant and a Registered Dental Hygienist. She received her bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University in education, and a master’s degree from National Louis University in adult education. She also serves as an active Dental Hygiene Consulting Examiner for the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners.

Doreen has developed educational programs and presented them to dental and dental hygiene students, professional associations, dental societies, and study clubs—both nationally and internationally. Her goal is to provide dental professionals with current scientific research and information to assist them in implementing effective and efficient evidence-based treatment protocols in their clinical practices.

  • Presentation made possible by an educational grant provided by DENTSPLY Professional Division.
  • Course fee is NHDHA registration fee and not DENTSPLY Professional Division fee.
Bridging the Gap: Tips for Treating a Patient with Autism

presented by National & International Speaker & Author Karen A. Raposa RDH, MBA


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reporting that 1 in every 88 children today is born with some form of Autism, a disease that affects an individual’s ability to communicate, socialize, and in some cases function independently on a day-to-day basis. Practitioners are finding patients who are challenged with these diseases in their practice on a more routine basis than ever before. The need to better understand these patients and their unique abilities and gifts has never been greater.

This course provides a review of the patient with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the reasons why practitioners, from a legal and professional aspect, need to better understand these unique patients. A review of how to properly assess the patient’s abilities will be conducted. Techniques for treatment and a review of technology and creativity that might be used will be explored. A comprehensive documented home care regimen that should be provided to caretakers will be discussed. Guidelines will be given for practitioners on how to easily incorporate these special patients into their practice and make their career more rewarding than they ever imagined it could be.


  • Generate a basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Provide a review of how to properly assess the patient’s abilities 
  • Establish and review techniques for treatment that encompass creativity and the latest in technology
  • Review case studies to highlight proper patient evaluation and treatment
  • Explore a comprehensive home care guidelines document for patient care takers
  • Provide guidelines on how to easily incorporate the patient with ASD into a typical practice

Karen RaposaKaren A. Raposa RDH, MBA has authored articles on a variety of dental subjects and has co-edited a textbook titled “Treating the Dental Patient with a Developmental Disorder” which was released in the summer of 2012.  In addition, her work has been published in both Dr. Esther Wilkins’ textbook titled “Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist”, as well as the Dental Clinics of North America “The Special Care Patient” publication.

Karen's current role as Clinical Education Manager for Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co.raposa book continues to provide her with opportunities to present a variety of course topics in dental and dental hygiene schools in the northeast region of the United States. Karen also has extensive experience in the academic world as a former assistant professor in Boston University’s Department of General Dentistry. But perhaps Karen’s greatest contribution to our body of knowledge is her passion for helping us learn more about working with special needs patients, most specifically those with autism.  Karen’s personal insight into autism, her compassion for people stricken with this disorder, and her extensive product knowledge, coupled with a real world understanding of both clinical challenges and the corporate world, provide a unique perspective that we can all learn from. For more information about Karen, please visit

Karen Raposa's book Treating the Dental Patient with a Developmental Disorder can be ordered from Amazon or Wiley. Orders may also be placed at the course.


7:30AM Registration, Exhibits, coffee, tea, light breakfast

8:15AM Radiographic Techniques, Doreen Smeltzer RDH, MEd

11:15 AM Concludes Radiographic Techniques

11:30AM Product Presentations

12:00PM Lunch 

12:30PM Exhibitor Questions & Sales Orders

1:00PM Treating a Patient with Autism, Karen Raposa RDH, MBA

3:30 PM Concludes Treating Autistic Patients

6.5 Clinical CEU's

Take advantage of the opportunity to place orders with exhibitors after the presentations!

This is a full day symposium. Half day is possible, but fee will not be pro-rated.

Registration Fee (includes light breakfast, coffee, tea & lunch)

 $80.00 NHDHA / ADHA Member

 $35.00 SADHA Member

$110.00  Non-Member RDH, Assistant, Administrator

$135.00  Dentist

Payment by Credit Card or Check. Checks must be received at the NHDHA office by 3/15/12 to reserve your seat. To pay by credit card click on the Paypal button. You do not need a Paypal account to register.


Refund Policy

Cancellations received by 3/15/13 will be refunded less a 10% administrative fee. No refund requests accepted on or after 3/16/13.

Register Now!Payment Options: Credit cards and checks accepted. Pay with credit card by clicking on the PayPal button in the registration form. PayPal account is not required.