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Managing Sedation Complications
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This course is for dentists who provide minimal and moderate sedation and provides didactic instruction for patient assessment and monitoring. Particular emphasis is placed on airway management techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe qualities of dentist leadership of the in-office dental anesthesia team.
  2. Recognize sedation levels and general anesthesia in terms of clinical characteristics and influence on respiratory and cardiovascular function.
  3. Describe essential features of preoperative assessment for patients undergoing dental treatment under sedation or general anesthesia.
  4. Identify principles of patient monitoring distinguishing requirements for moderate sedation versus deep sedation/general anesthesia.
  5. Explain proper airway maintenance during sedation and general anesthesia.
  6. Discuss the proper use of devices for oxygenation and ventilation.
  7. Describe the pathogenesis, recognition and appropriate management of possible complications associated with moderate sedation, including essential pharmacology of emergency drugs that may be required.


The course is designed to train the practicing dentist in the proper recognition and management of respiratory complications that may be associated with the use of moderate sedation.


Lesson 1: Patient Safety, Leadership Skills and Teamwork
Lesson 2: Presedation Patient Assessment
Lesson 3: Respiratory Monitoring
Lesson 4: Primary Assessment
Lesson 5: Supplemental Oxygenation
Lesson 6: Positive Pressure Ventilation
Lesson 7: Management of Respiratory Depression
Lesson 8: Management of Airway Obstruction
Lesson 9: Intra-operative nausea and vomiting
Lesson 10: Cardiovascular Considerations
Lesson 11: Summary and ADA Airway Algorithm



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