This course meets the current and anticipated standards required to provide moderate enteral sedation in all 50 states
Dental regulations are rapidly changing, with more and more states prohibiting even veteran sedation dentists from providing their patients moderate enteral sedation, unless they have completed an accredited IV course.
We’ve dubbed this course “The Forever Permit®,” because like Forever® postage stamps that shield consumers from future postal price increases, obtaining an IV Sedation permit will provide you increased protection for the duration of your professional life against foreseeable regulatory restrictions on moderate enteral sedation.
Of course, being better educated and having a new route of sedation administration to integrate into your practice is a good thing, regardless of your state’s existing or future regulatory requirements.
Upon completion of this innovative program, you’ll have the knowledge and clinical skills to properly select and safely administer effective intravenous (IV) minimal/moderate sedation in an outpatient dental setting.
Our course includes 60 hours of didactic instruction over two 4-day sessions, plus clinical instruction that provides at least 20 live-patient experiences. The course also covers American Heart Association advanced airway management and qualifies for ACLS certification.
We are proud to have joined with Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry to provide this dynamic curriculum, which takes a practical, team approach to effective minimal and moderate sedation utilizing both enteral and parenteral methods.
All of our instructors are veteran educators and distinguished practitioners who are experts in their respective fields of dentistry, anesthesiology, emergency response, medicine, graduate education and research.
- Discuss the prevention, recognition and management of systemic complications of minimal and moderate sedation with particular attention to airway maintenance and support of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
- How to safely and effectively administer minimal and moderate sedation to patients in a clinical setting.
- Describe and demonstrate the techniques of intravenous access, intramuscular injection and other parenteral techniques.
- Detail the pharmacology of the drug(s) selected for administration, and the precautions, indications, contraindications and adverse reactions associated with them.
- Thoroughly discuss patient evaluation, assessment and selection through detailed review of medical history taking, physical diagnosis and psychological considerations.
IV Sedation Certification curriculum will cover the following topics:
- The sedation spectrum
- Mechanisms of orofacial pain and analgesia
- Psychological aspects of pain and anxiety
- Principles of pharmacology
- Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics of conscious sedation medications used in dentistry
- Drug interactions
- Patient assessment
- Advanced airway maintenance & management
- IV sedation protocol
- Sedation blunders
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), includes ACLS certification
- Advantages and disadvantages of minimal and moderate sedation.
- Prevention, recognition and management of complications from venipuncture and other parenteral techniques; oral sedation and other enteral techniques; and minimal and moderate sedation with particular attention to airway maintenance and support of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
- Safely and effectively administer minimal and moderate sedation to patients in a clinical setting.
- Abuse potential, occupational hazards, and other detrimental effects of the agents utilized to achieve minimal and moderate sedation.
- Techniques of intravenous access, intramuscular injection and other parenteral techniques through demonstration.
- Pharmacology of the drug(s) selected for administration, including the precautions, indications, contraindications and adverse reactions associated with them.
- Complications associated with techniques of minimal and moderate sedation.
- Protocols for management of most commonly encountered emergencies in the dental office, and the drugs and equipment required for the prevention and management of them.
- Principles of advanced cardiac life support and advanced airway management.
- Demonstrate proficiency in managing emergency situations.
- Historical, philosophical, and psychological aspects of anxiety and pain control.
- Patient evaluation, assessment, and selection through detailed review of medical history taking, physical diagnosis and psychological considerations.
- Definitions and descriptions of physiological and psychological aspects of anxiety and pain.
- Sedation anesthesia continuum, with particular focus on the distinction between the conscious and the unconscious state.
- Distinguish pediatric and adult respiratory and circulatory physiology and related anatomy.
- Pharmacology of local anesthetics and agents used in minimal and moderate sedation.
- Indications and contraindications for use of minimal and moderate sedation.
- Dental procedures possible under minimal and moderate sedation.
- Patient monitoring using observation and monitoring equipment, with particular attention to vital signs and reflexes related to consciousness.
- Proper recordkeeping with accurate chart entries, recording medical history, physical examination, informed consent, time-oriented anesthesia record, including the names of all drugs administered including local anesthetics, dosages and monitored physiological parameters.
- Monitors and equipment used in conscious sedation.
- Anatomy, equipment and technique of intravenous access.
DOCS Education considers the dental team a vital part of good patient care and urges every dentist to bring at least one staff member to courses. States differ in their sedation regulations. Visit www.SedationRegulations.com to learn more.
In most dental offices team members play an essential role. It's imperative that they be knowledgeable about the process to better serve the patient and the dentist.
Many dental insurance carriers will pay for sedation. Again, there is wide variability in this area.
30 clinical live hands-on
(Hours - AGD Code - Definition)
2 - 012 Basic Science: Anatomy
4 - 016 Basic Science: Pharmacotherapeutics
2 - 018 Basic Science: Physiology
15 - 142 Electives: Emergency Training / CPR
2 - 153 Electives: Psychosocial anxiety & fear in dentistry
65 - 340 Anesthesia & Pain Management: Parenteral techniques
TOTAL: 90 hours (participation)