American Dental Association Prepares for ADA 2017 in Atlanta

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American Dental Association

A dental surgeon with over three decades of experience, Dr. Mickel Malek treats patients at I Smile Spa in Santa Cruz, California. Over the course of his career in dentistry, Dr. Mickel Malek has worked to enhance his knowledge and skills through memberships in professional organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA).

In its efforts to provide members with a variety of continuing education opportunities, the ADA oversees a number of local, national, and international events throughout the year. The organization’s most popular event is the ADA Annual Conference, which has been dubbed “America’s Dental Meeting.”

The next ADA Annual Conference will take place October 19-23, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. Attendees at the five-day event will have the opportunity to take part in over 300 continuing education courses designed for dental specialists, hygienists, and assistants.

ADA 2017 will also include a variety of networking activities and special events, including the distinguished lecture series, which will feature a presentation by former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. Another highlight of the meeting will be an exhibition hall with the latest products, services, and technologies from over 550 exhibiting companies.

More information about ADA 2017 can be found at


What Is Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation Dentistry

A graduate of University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry, where he studied advanced prosthodontics, earning top honors, Dr. Mickel Malek treats patients at I Smile Spa in Santa Cruz, California. To ease patients’ discomfort, Dr. Mickel Malek practices sedation dentistry.

Fear of pain is one of the most common reasons patients are hesitant to visit the dentist. As the mouth is a sensitive area, many dental procedures do involve some pain. To help alleviate pain and anxiety, some dentists and orthodontists offer sedation in the form of a pill that keeps the patient relaxed.

Different from sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry allows patients to remain conscious and respond to commands during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is ideal not only for patients with a phobia of dental work but also for those with a fear of needles, a strong gag reflex, or difficulty becoming numb from local anesthesia. Further, sedation makes long dental procedures seem much shorter to patients.

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