At a time when both dentistry and medicine are galloping ahead at break-neck speed, it is critical for the dental professional to understand developments in medicine that can critically impact care of their patients.
Several well-controlled studies have shown that even small amounts of vasoconstrictor used in dentistry can affect cardiac function. The problem with these studies is that they fail to distinguish significant differences in patients with hypertension—72 million Americans, at last count.
In this module, you’ll learn why you must know the functional status of a patient before using local anesthesia.
This is MODULE TWO in a 13-module video lecture series, UCS Companion Video Series, developed and presented by Dr. Leslie Fang.
This module is worth 1 Credit Hour. Receive significant savings when purchasing the full series.
Purchase of this course grants access for one year and requires an internet connection, computer with video and audio capabilities, and in some cases, Adobe Reader to view handouts and articles.
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!
Understand why you must know the functional status of a patient, specifically those using vasoconstrictors, before using local anesthesia.
Scientific support and additional resources are available here.
(AGD Code - Definition - Hours)
340 (Anesthesia and Pain Management: Local Anesthetics) – 0.5 hour
750 (Special Patient Care: Dentistry for the Medically Compromised) – 0.5 hour
Total: 1 Hour