Georgia Required Opioid Course

According to the Georgia Board of Dentistry, beginning in 2019 one hour of your 40 required CE hours must include the impact of opioid abuse and/or the proper prescription writing and use of opioids in dental practice.

The Georgia Dental Association will offer the following course to satisfy this requirement:
“The Opioid Epidemic: where does dentistry fit in?” and “Update on Georgia Prescriber Laws”

Register for the following opioid ​presentations:

Friday, February 22, 2019
Duluth, GA
The Opioid Epidemic: where does the dental profession fit in?

Friday, May 17
Atlanta, GA
The Opioid Epidemic: where does the dental profession fit in?

On-demand Webinar 
The Opioid Epidemic



OMFS Associate opportunities available in Atlanta, Georgia

We seek an Oral Surgeon for our busy practices in the beautiful Northwest area of Atlanta, GA.  All offices are a short drive to the metropolitan area and located within well-established communities in which you can practice and make your home.

Our opportunities offer established, busy, strong revenue producing practices with great earning potential and a RICH benefits package including a fast track path to ownership. The best and most affordable partnership plan available in Southeast.  We offer full-time positions with a private practice atmosphere in a collegiate environment, focusing on quality care with the patients, clinical autonomy, state-of the art equipment, and an established hospital partnership for trauma care with additional compensation. This is a unique opportunity to grow your skills in both private practice and hospital setting.

Don’t let this one pass you up. Our complete benefits package is out of this world and the growth plan is yours to have!

  • Associate positions leading to Accelerated Partnership with great compensation
  • Generous yearly continuing education reimbursement
  • Health Insurance
  • 401k
  • Malpractice
  • Memberships and Dues
  • Bonuses
  • Backed by a Senior Leadership and incredible support staff
  • Car/travel allowance and much more!

Please send resume to to be considered.  Visit us on FB at Northwest Oral Surgery.

Posted 10-17-2018


Busy practices in the beautiful Northwest area of Georgia. This practice is a short drive to the metropolitan area and located within well-established communities in which you can practice and make your home.

Don’t let this one pass you up.  This opportunity is out of this world and the growth plan can be yours at this great established practice.

  • 2,468 square feet space in a free Standing, impeccably inviting, brick Medical/Surgical building that sits on 1.66 acres surrounded by Georgia’s favorite mountain town which is only 90 miles north of Atlanta via I-575/
  • Real Estate (building and property) for sale or space available at a very favorable rate
  • PRACTICE GROSS for 2017 was almost $1.3M in a 3 day work week
  • Practice has 3 surgery suites. 2 recovery areas, and an additional consult or treatment room
  • Owner Oral Surgeon with excellent credentials and reputation is willing to help with transition for guaranteed success
  • 80% cash and FFS patients
  • Good strong referral base that extends from Georgia to as far as Tennessee and North Carolina.
  • All digital office
  • Good established team to support you in your new dental home and flexible to expansion of hours and days

The Blue Ridge area is a family-friendly area with many outdoor activities like boating, fishing, hiking and hunting. For serious buyers that want to learn more about this awesome practice, please contact Randall at 770-853-9244 or email for an NDA to be sent to you.

Posted 10-17-2018


Mid-Winter Meeting

Register NOW

Mid-Winter GSOMS Meeting
Feb. 23, 2019
Druid Hills Golf Club

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Meeting Registration

To register for the GSOMS meeting please type this link into your browser: You must indicate if you are a member of the GSOMS Educational Trust. If you do not know, please contact the administrative office at 770.271.0453. A continuing education certificate for 4.0 hours will be available at the end of the seminar.

GSOMS Educational Trust Member: $60 (Contributed or pledged $1,000 or more to Trust)
Member, Non Trust: $100 (you have not contributed $1,000 or more to Trust)
Non-Member: $200
Resident: Complimentary


“The Integration of Navigation and Grafting the Posterior Maxilla and Esthetic Sites”

Michael S. Block, DMD
The Center For Dental Reconstruction
Metairie, LA

Dr. Block graduated from the University of Rochester in 1975, attaining both a BA in Biology and a BS in Biomedical Engineering. He completed his dental training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1979, receiving his D.M.D. cum laude in a special field. He completed his residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the LSU School of Dentistry in 1983.

He remained at the LSU School of Dentistry achieving the faculty level of Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was teaching one day a week in the dental school’s implant program but now dedicates full time to taking care of his patients in his private practice.

Dr. Block is the editor-in-chief of five textbooks on dental implants, Endosseous Implants for Maxillofacial Reconstruction, Implants in Dentistry, Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery – edition 1, Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery edition 2 released in 2007, and the 4th edition of the Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery released in 2014. He is Past President of the Academy of Osseointegration and has been program chairman for four of their annual programs. Dr. Block serves on the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Committee on Continuing Education. Dr. Block has been an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a Section Editor on Dental Implants for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is on the Editorial Board for the journals: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Quintessence International, Implant Dentistry; and Reviews articles for The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, Oral Surgery, Medicine and Radiology, Journal of Dental Research, and has reviewed multiple grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health. He has been the delegate to the AAOMS House of Delegates. He has lectured in every state in the US and internationally. He recently was a visiting professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

Dr. Block is particularly interested in the reconstruction of the jaw to provide ideal bone for implant placement and esthetic replacement of missing teeth, the use of multiple techniques and implants to reconstruct significant atrophic conditions, and interceptive strategies for rehabilitating extraction sites with implant restorations.

Hobbies and interests: Golf, skiing, road cycling, nutrition, science fiction, computer technology.

ACLS/BLS Registration

To register for the class, please go to (No Stress Training). Click the “Register/Pay” tab and register for the “ACLS 1-day recert” or the “ACLS 1-day recert with BLS” and list the class date as February 23. Complete the registration by entering your name, email, phone number and address. Please ensure that your email address is correct.

We will use that email to send you prep material and to send your certification after the class. Do not pay for the class on the website since you are receiving a discounted price for the course. We can accept cash, checks or cards on the day of class.

Class: 2-6pm Maximum attendees – 30
Cost – $165 ACLS/BLS (Includes materials and certificate) $150 ACLS only


Doug and Deanna Morris
No Stress Training
Fayetteville, GA

The class will be an official American Heart Association certification course for Healthcare Provider BLS and ACLS. Successful completion will be documented with the AHA’s new ecard system (the ecard format is now mandated by AHA).
Your class gets right into the certification process. We will start out with skills verification for BLS (CPR), then review the advanced practice protocols and pharmacology (bradycardia, tachycardia, acute coronary syndrome, cardiac arrest, and post-resuscitation care). After a short break, we will practice these protocols in an interactive scenario-based learning environment that invites the opportunity to ask questions and fine-tune your approach to the ACLS patient. The class is completed with the certification exams for ACLS and BLS. Recertification is a 4 hour course.
Deanna Morris is a full-time educator and is responsible for coordinating and instructing the company’s class material. She also spent 15 years with the fire department in Henry County, Georgia, serving as the first female operations officer in that department. She has worked in a variety of medical environments, including several years in one of the busiest emergency departments in Georgia. Deanna has participated in hundreds of actual cardiac arrests and resuscitations and brings a practical foundation to the ACLS concepts.
Doug Morris started his medical career in 1982 as an Army combat medic. He left active military duty and joined the fire department in Fayette County in 1986 and works there today as a Battalion Chief. In that 36-year span, he has participated in thousands of cardiac infarctions and arrests. He has worked in busy emergency departments, critical care units, flight medical services, and taught hundreds of American Heart Association classes.


7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 am – 10:00 am “The Integration of Navigation and Grafting the Posterior Maxilla and Esthetic Sites” Michael S. Block, DMD
10:00 am – 10:30 Break with Exhibitors
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Session continues
12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch and Business Session
2:00 – 6:00 pm ACLS and BLS Update Course
The program has been approved for 4.0 credit hours.


Summer Meeting


2019 Summer Meeting
August 9 – 11, 2019
Ritz at Lake Oconee

More details to follow.

2018 Summer Meeting Highlights

One of our largest meetings was held at the Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee July 20-22 with over 100 members in attendance. The Ritz is always a favorite place for our members to attend our scientific program and bring their families along to enjoy the spectacular facility, activities and food!

We started with our Friday night BBQ. We can always count on the Ritz for great service and great food. It’s great to connect with members and their families on the first evening of the meeting.

President Al Pesto introduced our Saturday morning speaker, Ed Adlesic, DMD who presented “Ambulatory Anesthesia Review for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon” to a standing room only crowd.

We held our Business Session and heard reports on anesthesia, OMS Foundation, OMSPAC and our own organization. We welcomed new members: Drs. Stephanie Drew, John LaBanc, Jennifer Keyser, Terrance Bratton, Richard Hammond and Bradford Huffman.

Sunday’s session was by OMSNIC and on Patient Safety and Risk Management for the OMS. This risk management course is always important for our members and their office staff. Thank you Dr. Colin Bell and Ms. Suzanne Moy.

We cannot be successful without our exhibitors and sponsors. We had overwhelming response this year, filling every table in the exhibit hall. Thank you Sponsors: KLS Martin, US Oral Surgery and UBS.


Thank you exhibitors:

  • Ace Surgical Supply
  • Affinity Bank
  • Align Tech
  • Advantage Technology
  • AxoGen
  • Black Talon Security
  • BioHorizons
  • Carestream Dental
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Geistlich Biomaterial
  • Frontline Dental Supply
  • HampMed
  • KLS Martin
  • MedTech
  • Medical Waste Disposal
  • Neocis
  • Nobel Biocare
  • Osteo Science Foundation
  • Pittman Dental Supply
  • Practice Quotient
  • Preferred Med Surg
  • ProMed Sales
  • Straumann
  • Stryker
  • UBS
  • US Oral Surgery
  • WealthCreation Atlanta
  • Zimmer Bio


GSOMS Past President Dr. Rod Creagh Dies

Dr. Gerard (Rod) Creagh, Jr, died June 14, 2018 at the age of 81, following a long, courageous battle against Primary Progressive Aphasia.

Rod was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Rear Admiral Gerard Bugg Creagh, MC USN, and Margaret Ehemann Creagh. He graduated from Columbia Military Academy and Vanderbilt University. After graduation from Vanderbilt, he completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and Kingsville, Texas, and received a commission in the U.S. Navy.

He served for five years as an all-weather fighter pilot aboard the USS Shangri-La. After completing his military service, he attended the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, where he received a DDS degree and completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Rod’s generosity and concern for others is legendary. He was a person who lived life fully-an advocate for wildlife and stray dogs, a bicyclist, country music composer,
and an ardent fan of boats and sports cars.

After he retired from his surgery practice, Rod was able to enjoy his lifelong love of country music and founded his own music publishing company, 3 Wire Music. One of Rod’s country music compositions, “I’m Nobody Today, But I Was Somebody Last Night,” was recorded by both Mickey Gilley and Mose Allison.

Rod is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Lacher Creagh, his sister Mary Margaret (Peg) Wood and husband Norman of Athens, brothers-in-law Michael Lacher of Athens, Georgia, Christopher Lacher and wife Kathy of Tallahassee, Florida, and sister-in-law Lisa Lacher Bryan and husband Stephen of Walpole, New Hampshire. He leaves behind an extended family of much loved nieces and nephews.

To celebrate Rod’s life, a gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at his sister’s home on Milledge Circle in Athens, Georgia.

In memory of Rod, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT, 84741

Mid-Winter Meeting


2019 Annual Meeting

Information coming soon.


Message from AAOMS President Brett L. Ferguson, DDS, FACS

May 23, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

Over three days this month, 74 attendees – including 30 residents – gathered in Rosemont, Ill., to attend the AAOMS Clinical Trials Methods Course to learn from speakers about such topics as data management and patient selection and then break out into small groups to develop actual studies.

Since 2008, the biennial course has brought together a mix of residents, fellows, faculty and private practitioners to learn an overview of clinical trial design with a focus on Phase III studies.

On the final day, the four groups – which centered on craniofacial trauma / orthognathic / facial deformities, dentoalveolar / anesthesia, pathology / reconstruction, and TMD / facial pain – presented their study designs, potential impact, budgets and possible funding sources for randomized controlled trials. The groups fielded questions from faculty and course participants about those proposals, defended them and were scored in a tight competition.

The winner was the TMD/facial pain group led by Dr. Gary Bouloux with the proposal, “Does Liposomal Bupivacaine Reduce Postoperative Opiate Requirements Compared to Placebo Following Unilateral Custom TMJ TJR?” The project impact could include intraoperative liposomal bupivacaine reducing post-operative opioid use after custom total joint replacement as well as opioid-related adverse events and behaviors in addition to improving patient experience. Group members were Drs. Mohamed Abdelhakim, David Ahn, Zachary Brown, Bridget Ferguson, Louis Mercuri, Yuko Nakamura, Daniel Reece, Anthony Urbanek and Payal Verma.

With its move to Rosemont (the course was previously held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.), attendance was up 25 percent over 2016. AAOMS and the OMS Foundation sponsored the course, with travel scholarships provided by the Foundation (14) and the Osteo Science Foundation (five).

The four groups will present their study designs, potential impact, budgets and possible funding sources for randomized controlled trials during the 2018 AAOMS Annual Meeting research open forum. Congratulations to the winning group, and thank you to the participants and leaders for their hard work and a stimulating and rewarding program.

2 Available Slots in the Dental Rural Student Loan Repayment Program

The Georgia Rural Physicians’ Workforce Board is still taking applications for 2 open slots for the Rural Dental Student Loan Repayment Program.  It is imperative that we get dentists to fill all 12 slots, otherwise the legislature will cut our funding next year.

Here is an overview of the program and details for submitting applications:

The Dentists for Rural Areas Assistance Program (DRAA) provides service-cancelable loans of up to $25,000 per year in return for dental practice in an underserved, rural county in Georgia. Contracts are awarded for one year and are renewable three times for a maximum of four years.  Funding for this program is provided by the State of Georgia.

Download DRAA information flyer.

Please click on the link below for the DRAA program requirements and application materials.

Download Dentist RAA Loan Repayment Program Application

If you have questions please let contact Scott Lofranco, GDA General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Georgia Dental Association at or 404-636-7553