Minimal Conscious Sedation Recertification Course

Course Syllabus

  • Review updated 2016 ADA Guidelines for providing sedation in the dental office
  • Discuss definitions and terms relating to different levels of sedation
  • Description of ASA physical status classification, fasting orders, and risk assessment for sedating patients
  • Discuss common medical and physical comorbidities in patients and how they may effect sedation
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the airway, respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous system and how they relate to minimal sedation
  • Discuss pre-operative preparation, appropriate medical history and physical exam, personnel requirements, and discharge criteria
  • Review use of appropriate physiological monitoring equipment
  • Describe pharmacological and pharamcodynamic effects and dosages of commonly used oral sedatives
  • Describe the physiological responses consistent with minimal sedation
  • Understand the sedation/general anesthesia continum and the importance of early recoginition and treatment of unexpected responses to minimal sedation, including hands-on management of airway difficulties

**Per the 2012 ADA Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by dentists, "For children 12 years of age and under, the American Dental Association supports the use of the American Academy of Pediatrics/American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Guidelines for Monitoring and Management of Pediatric Patients During and After Sedation for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures." Our course content is intended for minimal sedation techniques in patients ages 13 and older.

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