Dental Anesthesiology Recognized As Dental Specialty

ADA has announced that dental anesthesiology has become “the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.” On March 11, the National Commission “adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.”

Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, said, “This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs.”

In addition to dental anesthesiology, other recognized dental specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

Pancreatic Cancer takes Two SSOMS Members


Dr. Greg Grantham

Sharon Hunt

Dr. Greg Grantham, SSOMS member from Panama City and Past President of FSOMS, and Sharon Hunt, former SSOMS Executive Director and Honorary Member, both died on February 16 from the same diagnosis, pancreatic cancer.

Greg was one of the nicest men you will ever meet. A consummate gentleman in every respect. He was a loyal servant of the specialty, his community and his church.

Click here to see his published Obituary.

Please send condolences to: Greg Grantham family, 2856 Tupelo Drive, Panama City, FL 32405

Sharon served SSOMS as Executive Director for 11 years as Vice President of Hank Holderfield’s company Professional Association Management, Inc. Sharon left PAMI in 1995 to take the position of Executive Director of the Southern Society of Orthodontists.

Update from SSOMS President

To:  SSOMS Members

Re:  President’s Message

Hello and Happy belated New Year! I hope 2019 is progressing well and will be your best year ever! I wanted to send out a letter/email to the membership to update you on everything going on with the SSOMS.

First, Ireland! Guinness, Jameson, great food, great people and picturesque scenery—what more can we ask for! (*Fun fact—The Irish consume an average of 131.1 liters/ beer per year — ranking them second in the world). Pre-trips start May 4th and the meeting is May 7-12.

Our Pre-trips were sold out, but a few spots have opened up, so if you have interest in going, contact our travel agent, Linda Kinsey ( asap.

Have you registered for the meeting and booked your tours? You can do that by clicking this link: Please send your flight itinerary to Melissa ( as soon as possible so we can arrange transportation to and from Shannon or Dublin. We are going to make sure the tours Saturday end in time to make the reception and President’s Dinner.

Secondly, please remember to donate to our 501 c-3 Foundation. Special thanks to Hank and Bill Means who did a great job helping to set up the foundation. Please take this opportunity to create a legacy which will help to ensure the financial well-being of our society for years to come.

The officers and Board of the SEOMS Educational Foundation are asking the membership to pledge to donate $1000 each (more if possible). To make a donation, send your check made payable to the SEOMS Educational Foundation to the administrative office (address below). If unable to do this in one year, please consider an annual donation over the next 2-5 years to reach the $1,000 goal.  I will give an accounting of our pledges and collected donations at the annual meeting.

Please feel free to call me or email me if you have any questions or concerns regarding this year. It is an honor to serve as your president!

Lee F. Allen DMD, MD

President, SSOMS

PRE-CONFERENCE Ireland – Dublin, Doonbeg

Explore Dublin before Killarney.

Click for More Information: Post  Conference K Club in Straffan, Ireland

This trip includes the spectacular highlights like Georgian Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Dingle Whiskey Bar, The Shelbourne, Kilmainham Jail, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College Library, Golf Links at Doonbeg, White Horse Spa, Doonbeg Village & Beaches, the Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park.

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This package includes the following:

• 2 nights at The Shelbourne in 10 Deluxe Rooms
• 1 night at Lodge at Doonbeg in 10 Ocean View Suites (mix of 1-Bedroom Suite and 2-Bedroom Suites)
• VAT on all hotels
• Breakfast each morning
• Professional Walking Guide for a 3-hour group walk through Georgian Dublin
• Driver & Separate Guide in Dublin to include Kilmainham Jail, Trinity College (Book of Kells) and Guinness Storehouse – entrances are included to all 3.
• Driver & Separate Guide in Ireland for 2 days
• Dingle Whiskey Experience

This package excludes the following:

  • Entrance fees, activities, distillery tours – unless noted above
  • Gratuity
  • Meals or refreshments (unless otherwise noted)
  • No arrival transfers included

The rate for this 3-night package is $1,600.00 per person sharing strictly based on 10 Rooms – all double occupancy.

A deposit of 20% of the tour price is required at time of booking and to confirm the hotels, transfers, and touring. The remainder of the cost of the tour is due 90 days before travel commences at which time we reserve the right to make an adjustment based upon fluctuations in the exchange rate.  If you wish to lock in the current package price you may do so by paying the full amount at the time of booking. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee of 20% of the total price; cancellations 89 to 30 days, 40%; cancellations 29 to 15 days, 75%; cancellations 14 days or less, 100%.  Once the initial payment has been taken, there will be a $75 revision fee per change.

Ireland 2019 Pre and Post Conference Tours

Flight Information Needed

We are trying to coordinate bus transportation from Dublin to the hotel in Killarney for our members arriving early. Please send Melissa Connor your flight information if you’d like to be included in the group transportation plans. Send your details to

Pre Conference Tour
(3 nights in Ireland)

Featuring Georgian Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Dingle Whiskey Bar, The Shelbourne Kilmainham Jail, Guinness, Trinity College Library, Adare Manor, Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park.

Part of our stay on the Pre-Trip will be at beautiful Adare Manor which is up for number 1 hotel in the world this year. You will have a “once in a lifetime” experience spending the night in a true castle. Besides just enjoying the beauty here, there are so many things to do you will hate to say good-bye to this historical place. For more information, watch this YouTube video.

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Post Conference Tour
(1 night Ireland)

K Club in Straffan, Ireland
Home of the Palmer Ryder Cup Course

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