2024 NAGD Fall Meeting/Mastertrack/


Friday, October 18, 2024

 Morning Lecture – “Early Airway Intervention for Pediatric Patients”

8:00 am to noon

Afternoon Hands-on/Participation – “How do we interview, recognize, treat and or refer these patients?”

1:00 to 5:00 pm


Dr. Billie Adams




Dr. Billie Adams is a graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry.  She is currently practicing general dentistry in her private practice, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Her practice focus is comprehensive dental care, with an emphasis on function.  Her family practice welcomes patients of all ages, and prioritizes prevention and early intervention.

Over her career, she has received extensive training in full mouth reconstruction, dental implants, clear aligner therapy, sleep disordered breathing and obstructive sleep apnea.  She also has training in functional frenuloplasty, orofacial myofunctional therapy, TMJ disorders, growth guidance in pediatric patients, laser therapies, and non-surgical TAD expansion in adults.

Dr. Adams’ journey in dental sleep medicine first began with adults and oral appliance therapy.  Shortly after learning and understanding the impact the mouth has on a patient’s ability to breathe well, she began to wonder, “as dentist, is there more we can do and how early should we start?”  This thought process turned her focus toward the population of pediatric sleep disordered breathing and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea patients.  In her community, she has worked diligently to establish a multidisciplinary team, including: sleep physicians, ENTs, surgeons, and therapists, to support this mission and optimize patient care.

Some of her affiliations and achievements along her journey include: An active member in the International Team of Implantology since 2012, Spear Study Club, and CDOCS.  In 2013, she earned a Dental Implant Fellowship from the Rocky Mountain Dental Institute, as well as Fellowship from The International Congress of Oral Implantologists.  She is also a member of ASAP (Airway, Sleep, And Pediatric Pathway), World Dentofacial Sleep Society, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Academy of Laser Dentistry, and a graduate of the Tufts University Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency.

She is very passionate about airway dentistry and continues to dedicate many hours developing her skill and knowledge in this area of practice.  When she is not practicing or advancing her education, she is spending treasured time with her husband and two boys.


Friday, October 18, 2024
8:00 am to 12 noon

Early airway intervention for pediatric patients

  • Introduction to the Why, I believe airway assessment not only benefits the patient, but can also be of benefit in clinical application of dentistry.
  • Introduction of sleep disordered breathing and obstructive sleep apnea
    • Brief overview of sleep disordered breathing and obstructive sleep apnea
    • Understand key information from a sleep report
    • How OSA presents and is managed in adults
    • How OSA differs in children
  • Functions of breathing and the impact on whole body and mouth health
    • Respiratory system
    • Correct functions of breathing and the benefits vs Dysfunctional breathing and resulting complications on our jaws and systems
  • Discussion on simple additions to routine exams to screen for breathing function
    • Facial features
    • Lip posture
    • Nasal resistance
    • Oral volume
    • Dentition
  • Analyzing records
    • Patient’s medical history, this includes labor and delivery questions, as well as infant feeding questions
    • Patient’s or parents’ chief concern
    • Patient questionnaire
    • Clinical records – facial photos, x-ray imaging, head, neck, oral evaluation and dental exam
    • Tethered oral tissues
    • Assessing TMJ
    • Assessing facial symmetry
  • Discuss important milestones in growth and development of craniofacial complex
    • Introduce growth modification protocol developed by Dr. Audrey Yoon
    • How to manage underdeveloped structures or missed milestones for ages 6 and older
  • Goals for treatment-
    • Are you the quarterback or are you special teams? Maybe you have multiple roles in the treatment plan. Decide who is part of your team and know what is needed of them.
    • Who should you consider including on your multidisciplinary team?
    • Case presentation – how do you communicate all this information to a parent?
  • How to manage patient care with a multidisciplinary team – marketing yourself, referral and patient correspondence
  • Services you can offer your patients in early intervention for ages 6 and under


Friday, October 18, 2024

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

How do we interview, recognize, treat, and or refer these patients. 

  • Cover questionnaires prior to clinical exam
  • Clinical assessment for airway risk factors during a routine dental exam
  • Record taking- facial photos, 3dcbct, full arch digital impressions
  • Pediatric Mini-Myofunctional program to promote nasal breathing, lip seal, tongue posture and proper swallow
  • Early intervention appliances – both removable and fixed appliances


2024 NAGD Fall Meeting/Mastertrack/Fellowtrack

Saturday, October 19, 2024

Morning Lecture – “Interceptive Orthodontics & Comprehensive Treatment Planning”

8:00 am to noon

with Drs. Daniel Chartrand and Gregory Gittleman




Dr. Chartrand hails originally from Alton, Illinois, where his journey into the world of dentistry began. He pursued his dental education at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, laying a solid foundation for his future endeavors.

Driven by a commitment to excellence and service, Dr. Chartrand embarked on a remarkable journey with the United States Air Force after graduation. His dedication led him to complete a rigorous Advanced Education in General Dentistry program, followed by an intensive orthodontic residency at the prestigious Tri-Service Orthodontic Residency Program.

Throughout his tenure in the Air Force, Daniel not only practiced as an orthodontist but also shared his expertise as an Associate Professor for the Uniformed Health Services. He played a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of dental professionals, teaching orthodontics to Advanced Education in General Dentistry residents at Offutt Air Force Base.

After a decade of honorable service, Dr. Chartrand made the decision to transition into private practice, acquiring and establishing Chartrand Orthodontics. Here, he continues his unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional orthodontic care to patients of all ages.

In addition to his clinical endeavors, Dr. Chartrand is a visionary in the field of orthodontic education. As the co-founder of Synapse Orthodontics, an innovative online platform, he empowers orthodontists worldwide to excel in their practice and prepare for the orthodontic board exam.

Beyond his professional achievements, Dr. Chartrand finds true fulfillment in his role as a husband and father. He shares his life with his beloved wife, Rachel, and their five children: Patrick, Grace, Madeline, Charlotte, and Cecilia.

Dr. Chartrand’s journey is a testament to his unwavering dedication to the art and science of orthodontics, his commitment to service, and his relentless pursuit of excellence in all facets of his life.


Saturday, October 19, 2024

Afternoon Hands-on – “Exploring Treatment Mechanics of Brackets vs. Clear Aligners

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm




Gregory Gittleman is a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Penn State and then went on to get his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  Upon graduation of dental school, he enlisted in the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program and was Commissioned as a Dental Officer in 2011.

Following graduation, he reported to Bethesda, Maryland for a 2-year residency program in Comprehensive Dentistry.  Upon graduation he was awarded the Chief of the Dental Corps award for excellence and became board certified by the American Board of General Dentistry.

In July 2013, Dr. Gittleman transferred to Naval Hospital Guam where he served as Department Head for the Branch Dental Clinic for 3 years.  After Guam, he was assigned as the only dentist onboard the USS Blue Ridge, the command ship for the 7th fleet based out of Yokosuka, Japan.

In May, 2018, Dr. Gittleman was the only applicant selected to attend the military’s orthodontic residency program, the Tri-service Orthodontic Residency Program (TORP).  While in residency, Dr. Gittleman earned his second Masters of Science degree for his research.

Upon completion of orthodontic residency, Dr. Gittleman was hand-selected to teach orthodontics to the Navy’s General Practice Residency in Portsmouth, Virginia.  While there, he served as the Orthodontic Specialty Leader for the Tidewater Region, board member for the orthognathic surgery board and craniofacial anomalies board and achieved his second board certification in the American Board or Orthodontics.

Dr. Gittleman enjoyed his time serving his country and seeing the world.  Now with his wife of 12 years, Rebecca, and 3 boys (Zachary-7, Tyler-5 and James-1), they have made Bucks County, Pennsylvania their home.  Dr. Gittleman is passionate about orthodontics and enjoys working with patients of all ages to help them achieve their desired results.


When / Where:


Friday, October 18, 2024
Saturday, October 19, 2024
Both days will be held at the ESU#3 Facility
6949 S. 110th Street • LaVista, NE 68128

7:30 a.m…………………………………. Registration & light breakfast
8:00 a.m…………………………………. Course Begins
12:00 – 1:00 p.m…………………….. Lunch Hour
1:00 p.m…………………………………. Course resumes
5:00 p.m…………………………………. Course adjourns

** Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided in the exhibit area.

We now offer a 25% discount on any lecture, weekend MT or the entire MT class for a new grad/young dentist (each CE offered), up to their 5th year out. (i.e., dental student graduated in 2023, their 1st year out would be 2024. They would get this discount for 2024-2028.)

If you graduated in 2019-2024, this discount would apply to you!!!

Also we are offering a one-time 50% discount on any lecture or weekend MT course for a new grad/young dentist, up to their 5th year out. (Must be an AGD member)

Your registration can not be processed until payment is received. An email confirmation will be sent once we receive payment and registration is processed.

PLEASE NOTE: A $60 processing fee will be applied to all persons requesting a refund (lecture only) or $100 processing fee will be applied to all persons requesting a refund (2 days). No refunds be issued after September 11, 2024.

Questions? Contact the NAGD Office at 402.438.2321 or email julieberger50@gmail.com

Course Fees

AGD Dentists: Friday or Saturday (25% or 50% discounts only applies if you are an AGD Member)
(Register by August 1st and receive a $50 member only discount: $649.00/day)
25% New Grad/Young Dentist discount by August 1, 2024 – $486.75 

25% New Grad/Young Dentist discount after August 1, 2024 – $524.25

50% New Grad/Young Dentist (ONE TIME) discount by August 1, 2024 – $324.50

50% New Grad/Young Dentist (ONE TIME) discount after August 1, 2024 – $349.50

Non-AGD Dentist: Friday or Saturday$1,099/day

AGD Dentists: Both days (25% or 50% discounts only applies if you are an AGD Member)
Register by August 1st and receive a $200 member only discount: $1,099.00 – Includes materials and meals. Lodging not included)
25% New Grad/Young Dentist discount by August 1, 2024 – $824.25 

25% New Grad/Young Dentist discount after August 1, 2024 – $974.25 

50% New Grad/Young Dentist (ONE TIME) discount by August 1, 2024 – $549.50

50% New Grad/Young Dentist (ONE TIME) discount after August 1, 2024 – $649.50

Non-AGD Dentist: Both days
(Includes materials, meals. Lodging not included)
Resident: (morning lecture only)$35/day
Staff Member/Assistants/Hygienists (morning lecture only) $105/day
Dental Student: (morning lecture only)$15/day
Lab Techs: $125/day

Important Notes:

Attending all day Friday, you will receive 8 hrs of participation credit in subject code 430.  Attending all day Saturday, you will receive 8 hrs. of participation credit in subject code 370. With protocol, an additional 16 hrs. of participation credit can be earned in the above subject codes by presenting a clinical homework assignment (protocol). These participation hours will be awarded after the completion of the clinical homework assignment in June or October of 2025. There is an additional fee of $600.

Don’t forget to take advantage of HUGE member only discounts if you register by August 1st!

Register by September 11th to avoid $50 late fee!

The AGD-Nebraska is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 1/1/2022 to 12/31/2024. Provider ID# 219313

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