29th Annual Colonial Conference

November 3, 2017 @ 8:30 am – November 4, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Four Points by Sheraton
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235

29th Annual Colonial Conference

November 3rd –4th, 2017


$149 per course for Member Doctors, $99 for Staff


Four Points by Sheraton

9901 Midlothian Turnpike,

Richmond, VA



Friday, November 3rd, “Integrating Dental Sleep Medicine into Your Practice:
Tips for the Entire Team”

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Dr. Dan Taché

7 CE Credits, Code 160



Dr. Dan Taché is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After graduating from dental school, he completed an advanced General Dentistry Residency program at the Veterans Administration Hospital (VA)/University of Texas Dental Branch (UTDB). Dr. Taché attended an 18-month training program for the diagnosis and treatment of Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD). Dr. Taché established a successful practice in Houston, Texas, where he emphasized Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD) and Sleep Apnea (SA). During that time, he maintained his position as an assistant clinical professor, lecturing on TMD/MPD. In 1999, Dr. Taché and his family moved back home to Appleton and became the first board-certified dentist in Dental Sleep Medicine in the state of Wisconsin.

He is married to his wife, Kathy and has four children. Dr. Taché enjoys playing classical guitar and woodcarving.


Course Description:

Sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), have become a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but nearly 80% of the population at risk for OSA have not even been diagnosed.  The prevalence in a general medical or dental practice is even higher, approaching 33%.  (Westbrook, 2008)

Oral Airway Device Therapy (OAT) is a very effective treatment yet underrepresented opportunity for all dentists who are properly trained in OAT.  Effective and profitable management of the DSM patient requires that ALL members of the Dental Team are properly educated and have an identified role.

This course will provide practical suggestions from identification of patients at risk to more effective treatment of the SRBD patient.  A very important component of the course will address the management of side-effects of OAT.


SATURDAY, November 4th, “Office Design! Plan for Success”

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Dr. Michael Unthank

7 CE Credits, Code 553



Dr. Michael Unthank is a registered professional architect, as well as a dentist, and the owner of Unthank Design Group, an award-winning planning, architecture, and interior design firm providing services exclusively to the dental professions. He has designed over two thousand dental offices throughout the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. He has written articles for and been featured in numerous dental publications and is an invited lecturer for major international dental meetings.


Course Description:

A well-planned dental office will have an immediate positive impact on virtually all facets of your practice.  It can improve your productivity while decreasing your stress and allow you to create an image or identity consistent with the patients you wish to attract.  It will communicate the quality of your services, inspire your patient’s confidence and assure their comfort.  Finish your treatment day with more money in your pocket and less stress in your life with you and your team looking forward to tomorrow.  It costs more to build it wrong than to build it right!


Focus Topics

  • How to communicate the quality of your services through your practice image.
  • To identify the team necessary to achieve your goals.
  • The components of your Design Program: How You Intend to Practice.
  • Critical design criteria for selecting your practice location.
  • How to successfully develop your Reception, Business, Finance and Consultation areas.
  • To layer your office based on privacy.
  • The rationale for successful treatment room design with ergonomic consideration.
  • Planning criteria for the clinical support areas.
  • How to ideally arrange clinical support functions in relation to treatment.
  • The significance of the Americans with Disabilities Act in dental office design.
  • How to plan for the integration of technology.
  • What does the term “office plans” really mean?