This online course is worth 1 CE.
Oral sedation offers hope to the anxious, fearful, and phobic patient. It’s safe for most patients and rewards provider dentists with a host of benefits. But it requires careful, knowledgeable patient care.
Join Dr. Anthony Feck, DMD for an informative course on an important component of your sedation practice: Monitoring Oral Sedation Dentistry Vital Statistics.
The Goals of Monitoring:
Monitor Consciousness – Verification of the patient’s level of consciousness is critical to determining the level of sedation. A patient that readily responds to verbal stimulation is either at a level of anxiolysis (mild sedation) or conscious sedation (moderate sedation). Any patient sedated by the enteral method should be in one of these two levels of sedation.
Monitor Physiological Parameters – Three vital physiological statistics must be monitored at all times while the sedation patient is seated in the operatory. These parameters include heart rate, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure.
- Pre-sedation baselines: Recognize pre-sedation variations to normal vital signs. Obtain baseline values for physical and psychological parameters.
- Know how to use your monitoring equipment and set up alarms.
- Understand the status of the oxygenation of the patient’s tissues, and how to raise oxygen levels.
- Identify cardiac conditions that should raise red flags for sedation.
- Understand the Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve.
- Review the Oxygen Saturation Algorithm and the CAEBOR acronym.
- Review blood pressure monitoring, pre-sedation.
- Understand sedation for people with hypertension.
- Understand the Pulse Oximeter, End-Tidal CO2 Monitoring and Capnography