Course Description:

Learn about the course from instructor Dr. Leslie Fang himself by listening here:

Over two and a half million patients have already benefited from the training their dentists received from DOCS Education. Shouldn't your patients be next?

This popular class offers everything you need to integrate sedation into your practice. Here are the key advantages you'll experience when you enroll in the oral sedation dentistry course:

  • Implementing sedation — Acquire the knowledge and skills to sedate healthy adults while applying established safety standards and providing positive experiences for patient and practitioner
  • Expanding your knowledge — Gain current medical information and become a better clinician
  • Reaching a broader base — Learn to help the millions who fear dentistry by managing their pain and anxiety
  • Streamlining your practice — Reap the benefits of efficiency through coordinated team training

What You'll Learn

Oral Sedation Dentistry will cover two levels, nine protocols, team training and an overview of the science behind the skills. You'll leave with the confidence and resources necessary to immediately put oral conscious sedation to work on behalf of your patients and your practice.

This engaging 3-day oral sedation course offers a comprehensive look at the science of sedation, airway management(117), treatment planning, equipment, staff training and regulatory topics. You'll learn to identify which patients are good candidates for sedation and a range of protocols and safety provisions(83, 180).

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Dentists consistently rank DOCS Education seminars among the best training opportunities out there.

"As a doctor who has countless hours of CE, the thing that impressed me most was not that the information was communicated in a fun and professional way, but that it was effectively communicated in a fun and professional way."

- Chad Latino, DDS

Sign up now and join the thousands of dentists who have already made oral sedation a successful part of their dental practice.

Note: Complete five hours of CE online before you attend. We'll send you a link when you register.

Financing available to qualified applicants. Six-months, interest-free or rates as low as 3.9% for longer terms.

Course Details

Students in this 3-day sedation course gain valuable, targeted, clinically-relevant information that can quickly be put to use.

Course Objectives: Overview

  • Seven areas you must know to confidently deliver oral sedation dentistry
  • Ten crucial skills for communicating with a sedated patient
  • Five keys to airway management (70, 86) with hands-on training
  • Advanced treatment planning for neglected mouths
  • Techniques to enhance the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen in combination with oral sedation (92, 110)
  • How to readily increase and decrease the level of sedation (83, 87)
  • Video patient experiences of sedation protocols
  • Vital equipment for sedation dentistry—what you do and don't need to ready your practice

Day One

  • Serving the needs of patients with more than just Valium (145, 146)
  • Nine crucial safety provisions (80, 92) critical for both patient and practitioner
  • Five key airway management techniques
  • Methods to readily increase or decrease the level of sedation (83, 87)
  • Techniques to assess patient variability and ensure best drug choice (66, 69)
  • Interactive polling throughout the course to help you retain knowledge
  • Advanced treatment planning for neglected mouths
  • Procedures for assessing which patients are appropriate for sedation (101, 113)
  • How to use pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to select a drug that meets your individual patient's needs (97, 130)
  • What to look for, what to expect and how to adjust for the unusual

Day Two

  • Traditional single-dose and new incremental-dose protocols (80)
  • An innovative (and stress-free) approach to learning pharmacology including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (11, 161)
  • Clinical staff training focuses upon proper documentation and patient monitoring before, during and after a sedation appointment (72)
  • Four simple, yet mandatory, dismissal criteria to help you stop worrying and ensure your patient is safe (87, 143)

Day Three

  • How to achieve little or no postoperative discomfort for anxious patients
  • Methods to treat both common and challenging patients—you'll see 20 confidence-building case studies
  • Resources for maintaining up-to-date sedation information after the course
  • Vital equipment for sedation dentistry (as well as what you don't need) (118)
  • One essential monitoring instrument. See how easy it is to use—and how durable
  • Legal and regulatory topics
  • Ten crucial skills for communicating with a sedated patient

See scientific articles and research about sedation dentistry.

25 didactic  

20 video cases  

(Hours - AGD Subject Code - Definition)

1.5 - 012 Basic Science: Anatomy

4 - 016 Basic Science: Pharmacotherapeutics

1 - 018 Basic Science:  Physiology

1.5 - 142 Electives:  Emergency Training / CPR

2 - 153 Electives:  Psychosocial anxiety & fear in dentistry

15 - 340 Anesthesia & Pain Management

TOTAL: 25 hours (lecture)  

DOCS Education considers the dental team a vital part of good patient care and urges every dentist to bring at least one staff member from each area of your practice to courses. States differ in their sedation regulations for team members. Visit to learn more.

"I brought some of the team with me, including two hygienists and our assistant manager—all of whom are extremely reluctant to try new things. I sat at lunch today listening with amazement as they told me what we need to do to implement this in our practice! Your enthusiasm is infectious, and I will be sending the rest of the team to this course!"

- Karen Harriman, DDS

Enroll your team today! Office managers and receptionists play a key role in calming nervous patients, the clinical staff must understand techniques and procedures, and hygienists will be key in effective patient follow-up. It's imperative every team member is knowledgeable about the process to better serve the patient and the dentist.

Incorporating sedation into your dental practice should not be taken lightly. It's an ongoing commitment by the doctor and staff to bring the safest and most effective care to their patients. By investing in your education, you're allowing yourself to provide a greater level and depth of care to your established patients, as well as opening the door to those normally too anxious or fearful to even book an appointment.

With nearly 30 percent of the population avoiding dentistry due to fear and anxiety, the return on investment in education, training, and equipment is quickly realized in just a few new patients. A large portion of sedation patients require extensive restorative treatment, allowing the utilization of oral sedation dentistry to perform more complex and traditionally lengthy procedures in a shorter amount of time. To really maximize your potential as a general practitioner, DOCS Education recommends the following additional areas of training: endodontics, implants, removable prosthodontics, fixed prosthodontics, occlusion or periodontics. Practices that have followed this simple path of investment in continuing education have been able to open their doors to the overwhelming masses and, through them, have found the rewards to be extraordinary.


  • What time does-do classes start?
    Classes begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. each day, but plan on registering early (by 7:00 a.m.) if you want to avoid lines and enjoy breakfast.                                                                                             
  • Cocktail Hour                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     There is a cocktail hour begining promptly after class on Friday evening between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please ask anyone from DOCS where this will be located. 
  • When do classes finish?
    Friday and Saturday end at 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday ends at 1:00 p.m. (**for most classes). Pediatric Sedation Dentistry ends at 3:00 p.m. ACLS Online depends on overall attendance, but usually ends at 4:00 p.m                                        
  • Airway Trainers:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   You will meet with Dr. Feck for breakfast Sunday morning and he will explain your role. 



I brought some of the team with me, including two hygienists and our assistant manager—all of whom are extremely reluctant to try new things. I sat at lunch today listening with amazement as they told me what we need to do to implement this in our practice! Your enthusiasm is infectious, and I will be sending the rest of the team to this course!

Karen Harriman

Everything about the course was valuable. It was informative, interesting, and very well-taught. The is the best course I have taken since I graduated dental school in 1990.

Brett Loeser

Fantastic! Best Sedation Course I've ever attended!

John E. Williams

Well-organized handbook and presentation. Stayed on schedule.Quality/expertise of presenters. No pressure to purchase equipment; I knew I would purchase everything already.

Bryan Shewanick

Information presented in a very organized and easy to follow manner. Information can be easily referenced in workbook. Love the cookbook format. Lectures were interesting and practical; videos very helpful.

Katie Copeland

Excellent course. Well organized and presented. Dr. Fang and Dr. Feck are very thorough and knowledgeable. I truly feel I got my money's worth. You guys have your educational process down.

Ryan C. Shearer

When I come to the courses, every aspect is well covered. Having seen all the Doctors before, I was immediately happy to be here again.

William H. Basil

All information was valuable and applicable. No fluff.

Lee Gary


Dr. Anthony Feck
Leslie Fang
Dr. Leslie Fang
Jerome Wellbrock
Dr. Jerome Wellbrock
Dianne Bennedictson
Dr. Dianne Benedictson


Atlanta Skyline
August 17-19, 2018
November 09-11, 2018

Where can I meet my state’s requirements?

To learn more about how DOCS Education's wide range of courses can meet your state’s regulatory requirements, visit DOCS Regulatory counsel keeps it updated with the latest in sedation legislation activity. Feel free to contact a course advisor with any questions or visit our course listing to see available courses and locations.

DOCS Education programs carry the AGD PACE certification

DOCS Education, an AGD Pace-approved provider since 2000, is the nation's premier educator of safe sedation dentistry protocols having trained more than 29,000 dentists. You’ll find CE opportunities that meet your needs online and live.

Who is DOCS Education?

DOCS Education consists of over 2,000 members committed to offering safe dentistry to all patients, including those suffering from anxiety. DOCS Education graduates have safely treated an estimated 2.5 million patients across the United States and Canada. Since it's estimated that around 30 percent of people fear the dentist, many individuals remain to be helped. That's why DOCS Education frequently updates its courses and information.