Nancy Bouchard

1661 Estero Blvd
Suite #29
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

(443) 498-8452

Nancy@NancyBouchard.com
www.NancyBouchard.com


TOPICS:

  • General Dentistry
  • Radiology
  • Clinical

Nancy Bouchard, DDS, MPH

Would you like to increase your skills and knowledge to be able to confidently expose and interpret radiographs?

Nancy Bouchard, DDS, MHP has personally experienced the frustrations of not being able to get diagnostic radiographs on the first attempt. As a result, she is passionate about sharing tips, tricks, and experience to build the skills and confidence of dental professionals.

Dr. Bouchard’s lectures and workshops are intentionally tailored to educate and appeal to any member of the dental team.


In this dynamic, student-centered, interactive roundtable discussion, the focus is on you and your special, unique questions and challenges. Ask your most pressing questions and learn best practices for stress-free approaches to exposing radiographs.

Active participation is not just encouraged—it is essential. In this nontraditional small-group workshop, participants drive the agenda. You will have the opportunity to try hands-on approaches to different techniques and equipment.

With a combined seven decades of experience, Nancy Bouchard, DDS, MHP and Mary Ellen Sholes, AAS have taught this course for twenty years to overwhelming praise. Dr. Bouchard offers a master twist on technique as a dentist and former Clinical Instructor, while Ms. Sholes is a radiographic dental assistant working at Boston University Dental School who serves in a dual role, teaching students and managing the radiology clinic.

Although each course takes its own shape and pace, the curriculum inevitably reviews the basics of how to expose a fantastic radiograph and covers tricks and tips to adapt to the larger digital sensor. Every course is different, depending on questions and attendees’ priorities. From correcting overlap on bitewings to radiation safety to gagging, participants get real-world, hands-on training and the opportunity to practice placement on a manikin if they wish.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss different approaches for imaging in difficult situations
  • Enumerate possible techniques to minimize gagging in patients
  • Develop techniques for placing bulky digital sensors
  • Describe how imaging expertise reduces practitioner and patient stress

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop (small group), Keynote
Suggested Audience: Dental Assistant, Hygienist, Dentist

Getting the perfect image is only the first step; understanding the story it is trying to tell is a completely different skill.

During this lecture, you will decipher the significance behind many of the various “shadows” on dental radiographs, teasing out shades of meaning from the grays.

This informative, engaging, comprehensive lecture shows and explains the clinical implications of a wide array of images, covering normal anatomic landmarks as well as the typical markers and appearance of decay and periodontal disease. Intriguing cases will also be reviewed, as well as up-to-date information on radiation safety.

Take the Learning Deeper in this Hands-On Workshop:

Behind the Shadows: Practice Interpreting Radiographs

The whole dental team can experience the challenges, idiosyncrasies, and intricacies of radiographic interpretation. Build confidence and competence through direct examination, engaging discussion, and personal coaching in this immersive, hands-on segment, which focuses on applying and sharpening the observation and identification skills reviewed in the lecture segment of this workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify normal anatomic landmarks
  • Point out caries
  • Interpret panoramic images
  • Evaluate the periodontal status
  • Understand up-to-the-moment radiographic safety measures

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop (small group), Keynote
Suggested Audience: Dental Assistant, Hygienist, Dentist

The technology of the panoramic radiograph has progressed in the digital era, with exciting potential for clinical advances and increased diagnostic abilities. The panoramic machine now has more images to expose and reduces radiation exposure, especially for children.

But studies of image quality obtained in panoramic images—especially in pediatric patients—reveal there is still room for improvement. A 2012 paper went so far as to suggest that only 11% of sampled panoramic radiographs were free of positioning errors that compromised image quality. The most common reasons for low quality panoramic images have been identified—and what is known can be prevented and corrected.

In this course, we will discuss all things panoramic, from patient positioning to interpretation, as well as up-to-the-minute information on radiation safety for the practitioner and patient.

Learning Objectives

  • Enumerate the steps for correctly positioning a panoramic radiograph patient
  • Describe the characteristics of an ideal panoramic image
  • Identify the pitfalls which produce a poor image and how to correct them
  • Define when panoramic is, and when it is not, the best image for diagnosis
  • Interpret normal landmarks, ghost images, and common pathologic findings

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop (small group), Keynote
Suggested Audience: Dental Assistant, Hygienist, Dentist

 

With steady, near-daily advances in science and technology, the clinical uses of radiation have become monumentally safer since the earliest days of imaging, when Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen took pictures of the bones of his wife’s hand. 

So, if we are so safe, why do concerns about dental radiographs continue to be raised online, in some media outlets, and even by some of our patients?

This discussion will review the evidence and national guidelines to protect our patients and ourselves from the potential ill effects of radiation exposure in the dental office.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the science of radiation exposure
  • Review the methods taken to keep patients safe
  • Articulate the need to keep operators safe while exposing x-rays on patients
  • Describe accurate, reassuring, natural-language messages that can be used to address patient concerns about radiation from dental radiographs

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop (small group), Keynote
Suggested Audience: Dental Assistant, Hygienist, Dentist

Nancy Bouchard’s passion for dental education sprang from her own life, experiencing dentistry from many perspectives, and having worked in many roles of dentistry. As a result, she intentionally tailors her lectures and workshops to educate and appeal to all members of the dental team.

Before becoming a dentist, she attended Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and worked for many years as a hygienist in general, pediatric, and periodontal practices. She personally experienced the frustrations of not being able to get diagnostic radiographs on the first attempt. As a result, she is passionate about sharing tips, tricks, and experience to build the skills and confidence of dental professionals.

Dr. Bouchard taught as a faculty member at Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and Boston University Dental School, where she instructed dental and dental hygiene students in radiation techniques, safety, and interpretation. As a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, she is currently a general dentist in Florida.

  • Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (multiple)
  • Charter Oaks Dental Meeting, Connecticut (multiple)
  • Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists (multiple)
  • Greater New York Dental Meeting (multiple)
  • Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association (multiple)
  • Texas Dental Association (multiple)
  • Valley District Dental Society
  • Vermont Annual Session
  • Yankee Dental Congress (multiple)
Why choose Dr. Bouchard?
  • Before becoming a dentist, Nancy Bouchard worked for many years as a hygienist in general, pediatric, and periodontal practices. She personally experienced the frustrations of not being able to get diagnostic radiographs on the first attempt. As a result, she is passionate about sharing tips, tricks, and experience to build the skills and confidence of dental professionals.
  • Dr. Bouchard taught as a faculty member at Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and Boston University Dental School, where she instructed dental and dental hygiene students in radiation techniques, safety, and interpretation.
  • She intentionally tailors her lectures and workshops to educate and appeal to all members of the dental team.

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