This course consists of three modules. The modules are taken from Forensic Dentistry: Working from Failure, Moving Forward with Solutions.
Dr. John Dovgan, DDS, is a State Board consultant and expert witness. He’s a veteran Standard of Care Investigator (S.C.I.), whose resume includes more than 1300 dental board cases, 130 lawsuits, and multiple states and federal class action lawsuits. He created the first checklist the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners adopted for consultant use in blanket allegation cases.
In this course, Dr. Dovgan will outline a framework for successfully providing oral conscious sedation services in your practice. When you firmly understand the science of anesthetics and avoid common administration mistakes, the chances of a malpractice claim proceeding against you is greatly diminished. This online course qualifies for 1 hour of CE credit that is automatically issued with a digital certificate once you have completed the program.
Local Anesthetic Maximums and Half Lives
Dentists must be exceedingly cautious when administering drugs to patients. Adverse outcomes risk both the patient’s health and the dentist’s livelihood. In this module, Dr. Dovgan provides formulas for determining the correct amount of anesthetic to use on patients. He illustrates how the standard of care works when administering two or more drugs.
Top 11 Mistakes When Doing Oral Conscious Sedation
Even good and competent dentists can make mistakes when administering oral conscious sedation. Sometimes, it’s due to inexperience. Often, though, it’s because they misunderstand the guidelines for minimum sedation. In this module, Dr. Dovgan reveals the eleven most common mistakes he sees dentists making. He offers tips for avoiding them, including better patient selection and reconsidering some “best practices.”
Important Considerations for Malpractice
In this module, Dr. Dovgan explains how yesterday’s blanket allegations template used against dentists has evolved into a longer, more specific checklist. Consultants use the list to make adjudication decisions; you can use it to protect yourself. You’ll see why Dr. Dovgan favors the KISS approach to patient documentation but also advises doing “extra” charting, especially with complications. He shows how to evaluate the appropriate standard of care for simple and complex treatment plans.
Buy this three-module course today, or the full course, Forensic Dentistry and the Standard of Care: Risk Management, Record Keeping and Ethics in Dental Practice, and you’ll have access to both for one year.
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NOTE: Many dental boards require that a specified portion of your CE credits be via in-person attendance at live courses. Check your state's rules!