Dental Equipment Maintenance, Repair & Safety: A Hands-on Workshop for the Dental Team

Dental Equipment

Saturday, March 14, 2020

When equipment malfunctions or breaks down, the downtime results in loss of efficiency, limited productivity and often costly repairs. You and your team can avoid costly downtime and repairs by attending our fast-moving program. Our team of experts will show you how to prevent expensive repairs, create specialized maintenance programs, increase the safe use of equipment, track who is responsible for equipment and documentation and ensure the resale value of your equipment.

You will be exposed to a variety of simulated equipment problems to assess and repair during chairside and hands-on experiences designed to heighten your understanding of common equipment malfunctions. You will also benefit from up-to-date information on OSHA/infection control requirements related to dental equipment maintenance.

Bring your toughest maintenance questions and challenges to our experts and return to practice ready to keep your office running smoothly.

Learn How To

  • Identify and address necessary maintenance requirements for both large and small equipment components
  • Describe common problems associated with specific pieces of equipment
  • Define or refine your office’s program for handling hazardous wastes related to equipment maintenance
  • Identify the cleaning and disinfectant solutions recommended for use on your dental equipment
  • Refine your office’s inspection and repair manual
  • Define the equipment maintenance requirements for your dental office

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstration and hands-on participation—troubleshooting in a clinical setting

Meet Our Experts

Teresa Ludwig, MT, ASCP, served as the Health & Safety Officer and Environmental Health Specialist for Dental Engineering Services at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry from 1998 to 2013.

Stephen K. Shuman, DDS, MS, Associate Professor and Director, Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, Department of Primary Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Dental Director, Walker Dental Clinic, Walker Methodist Health Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. This course is facilitated by Dr. Shuman, a do-it-yourselfer with over 30 years of practice experience.

Dennis Steele, Diploma, Electromechanical Technology; Diploma, Electronic Technology; additional certification, licensure, and training in refrigeration, low-pressure steam, sterilizer repair, and dental manufacturers' service and maintenance. Mr. Steele served for over 30 years as the primary dental engineer for the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, routinely servicing over 400 dental chairs and all associated dental equipment. He continues maintaining dental equipment in the Twin Cities through his own business.



  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration. 
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • There will be a 15-minute refreshment break mid-morning.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Push the button on the stationary box to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis, we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus

Enrollment is limited to 30.


$395 dentist

$325 dental therapist, dental hygienist, or dental assistant


5.5 hours

Minnesota Credits

4.5 Elective Credit Hours
1 Fundamental Credit Hour
Includes MANDATORY Subject Area:

  • Infection Control


8:30 AM to 3:00 PM


Lynda J. Young Conference Room
(6-410 Moos HS Tower)
Minneapolis Campus

Course Number