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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

SIU School of Dental Medicine

7-Night Alaskan Explorer Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington
July 20 - 27, 2024
Holland America's <em> Eurodam</em>
Holland America's Eurodam
8.0 CE Units
Course Fees
$400 for Dentists
$175 for Allied Personnel

Target Audience
Dentists & Dental Allied Personnel
Program Purpose / Objectives
"Embracing the Future: Revolutionizing Dentistry Through Digital Workflows" Participants will learn about the transformative impact of technology on dental practices. The lecture will highlight how digital tools, such as intraoral scanners, 3D printers, and CAD/CAM systems, streamline processes, improve accuracy, and enhance patient experiences, ultimately leading to more efficient and effective dental treatments.

Course Objectives:
1. Understand the fundamental concepts of digital workflows in dentistry and their impact on clinical practice.
2. Explore the latest advancements in intraoral scanning technology and learn how to effectively integrate it into the dental workflow.
3. Gain insights into the benefits of 3D printing and its applications in dentistry, including the fabrication of surgical guides, dental models, and prosthetics.
4. Discover the potential of CAD/CAM systems in streamlining restorative procedures, from digital impression-taking to the precise fabrication of crowns, bridges, and veneers.
5. Understand the importance of incorporating digital workflows to improve patient experience, including faster treatment turnaround times and reduced chairside visits.

Course Objectives:
-Learn the different types of sleep disordered breathing, with a concentration on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring.
-Be aware of the prevalence of OSA in the adult population.
-Understand how to screen your patients for OSA.
-Know what to look for in your patient’s medical, dental, and social history that can be putting your patient at risk for OSA.
-Understand health risks and co-morbidities associated with OSA.
-Learn basics of sleep staging and physiology.
-Understand basic concepts related to different types of sleep studies and what they measure.
-Discuss the basics of treatment for OSA, including surgery, PAP therapy, and Oral Appliance Therapy, including their relative advantages and disadvantages.
-Learn basics of Oral Appliance Therapy, when it can be used and its limitations and strengths.
-Discuss some of the side effects of Oral Appliance Therapy and how to manage them.
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dr. Thomas D Sotiropoulos, DDS

Dr. Thomas D Sotiropoulos, DDS
* 15 years of Dental Sleep Medicine treatment in private practice
* Clinical Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine since 2020
* Section Head of Dental Sleep Medicine SIUSDM
* Course Director for the Dental Sleep Medicine course at SIUSDM
* Oversees Dental Sleep Medicine cases in the Advanced Care Clinic at SIUSDM
* Instructed ENT physicians on Oral Appliance Therapy at St. Louis University’s continuing education course “Advanced Surgical Techniques for Obstructive Sleep Apnea”.
* Graduated from Loyola U. School of Dentistry in 1987
* Member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr. Katherine Hanser, DMD

Dr. Katherine Hanser, DMD
Dr. Katherine Hanser, received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from SIU School of Dental Medicine. She continued her education through a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program and completed a two-year Implant Fellowship. Dr. Hanser currently serves as a full-time professor in the graduate department at SIU-SDM where she also holds the position of Program Director for the AEGD program. At SDM, she has incorporated digital workflows into the resident curriculum and promotes the continuous integration of digital technologies and techniques. In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Hanser also practices in Glen Carbon, IL, specializing in comprehensive dental and implant care for fully edentulous patients.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Sat Jul 20 Seattle, Washington
- 3:00 pm
Sun Jul 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jul 22 Stephens Passage
- -
Mon Jul 22 Juneau, Alaska
1:00 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Jul 23 Glacier Bay
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Tue Jul 23 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
6:00 pm 10:00 pm
Wed Jul 24 Sitka, Alaska
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Jul 25 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 1:00 pm
Fri Jul 26 Victoria, British Columbia
8:00 pm 11:59 pm
Sat Jul 27 Seattle, Washington
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - Sailing out on a cruise from Seattle? Make sure you spend a few a days in the beautiful Emerald City. If you’re a nature lover, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for you to explore ahead of your cruise vacation. Though it offers plenty of metropolitan delights — think great restaurants, bars, a ton of shopping and lots (and lots) of hip coffee shops — Seattle is a big city with a wild, great-outdoors soul. It’s surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks and, of course, the misty Puget Sound, where you can slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks and the occasional pod of whales. Head to Discovery Park for beautiful views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay. And if you’re craving a drink and a tasty bite to eat, head to one of Seattle’s many rooftop bars and take advantage of those extra-long northern summer days while you sip local brews and expertly crafted cocktails.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Stephens Passage - Stephens Passage is a channel in the Alexander Archipelago in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Alaska. It runs between Admiralty Island to the west and the Alaska mainland and Douglas Island to the east, and is about 170 km (105 mi) long. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is near the north end, on Gastineau Channel.

Glacier Bay - If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice.When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.

Sitka, Alaska - Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Its snow-capped peaks and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe pose among the state’s most postcard-worthy scenes. And its rare wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds. This is off-the-path Alaska, where you can kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut. Whether it’s hiking Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan sits at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage— a gateway to the wild landscapes and seascapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. The canned salmon capital of the world, it’s a hub for fishing and outdoor sports. It’s also home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians, making it a great place to get a taste for the local culture. You’ll see it in the colorful, hand-carved totems that line the city’s streets and parks, and in the unique stilted homes that cling to Deer Mountain’s slopes. If you want to get up close and personal with nature, venture into the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States. Or head to Ketchikan Creek Waterfall for amazing views of downtown Ketchikan and a glimpse at the yearly salmon runs.

Victoria, British Columbia - Though Toronto and Vancouver are the more famous Canadian destinations, it’s high time for the sophisticated and beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia (BC) to have its big moment. The quaint charm and English manners of Victoria will take you back in time to the days of British occupation in the 19th century. Victoria is known as “the garden city” for its lushness and its commitment to keeping the city beautiful. Head to Butchart Garden or Beacon Hill Park to enjoy nature during your time in port.

Of course, a little history lesson is another must while on a cruise to Victoria, BC. Tour the expertly maintained Craigdarroch Castle and the Parliament Buildings, or stop in the Royal BC Museum, a natural history museum dedicated to the history of human settlement in the region. There’s also the Emily Carr House, a museum dedicated to the life and works of the famous painter, Emily Carr. Victoria exudes an intellectualism where art galleries and afternoon tea await you, but so do long bicycle rides along the seafront. Stylish cafes and restaurants are modernizing the city, all while maintaining its signature look: something straight out of a postcard.

Non-Americans/Canadians, please Click Here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise, which visits Canada

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
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