Course Description:

This course is worth 1 CE. This module is taken from the course Oral Sedation Recertification.

All dentists who administer oral conscious sedation want to keep their patients comfortable, happy, and safe. To reach those goals, dentists must understand the dynamics of each drug they administer. That is, they must know how the drug interacts with receptors in the body and the location of those receptors. This online course qualifies for 1 hour of CE credit that is automatically issued with a digital certificate once you have completed the program.

Drugs themselves are changed and transformed once inside the body in a process called pharmacokinetics. Taken together, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics help explain drug exposure, dosing recommendations, physiological responses, and side effects (including adverse reactions).

In this course, Dr. Feck explains how basic chemistry determines the effects of a drug. He uses a popular sedative as an example to show the path it travels to bind with a receptor, turn it on, and boost the effect of a naturally-occurring chemical. He discusses chemistry again to reveal how the body’s composition changes the dynamics of a drug.

In addition, you’ll learn:

  • How common physiologic changes can affect a drug’s pharmacodynamics
  • How altering the structure of benzodiazepines impacts the sedation process
  • How nerve receptors change configuration
  • How nerve receptors internally control consciousness
  • Why components are added to benzodiazepines
  • Why large therapeutic ranges are preferable over smaller ones
  • How to explain the relationship between dosage and response
  • Why fat-loving drugs cannot coexist peaceably with water-loving drugs

… and more.

Catch up with the science behind sedation drugs. Sedation keeps your patients comfortable, grateful, and safe.

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. 

You can download this course and watch it anywhere using the DOCS APP. Get it on Google Play or the Apple Store.

Watch the video and complete the quiz to earn one CE credit.

Scientific support and additional resources are available here. 

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!

(AGD Code - Definition - Hours)

010 (Basic Sciences) – 0.5 hours

340 (Anesthesia and Pain Management) – 0.5 hours

Total hours:  1 hour  

Original release date: 4/10/2019

DOCS online courses are available to the purchaser for one year from date of purchase.
No refund of course tuition is available.

Online courses are available for one year from date of purchase.  No refunds available.



Dr. Anthony Feck

How can I meet my state’s requirements?

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DOCS Education is the nation’s premier provider of safe sedation and advanced dentistry education, having trained almost 24,000 dentists. Since 2000, our courses have been accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. We offer extensive CE opportunities, both in-person and online, that meet your needs.

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DOCS Education is an exclusive community of professionals serving at the forefront of dentistry. We offer world-class courses on safe sedation and advanced dentistry, relying on instructors who are consistently ranked among the very best in the nation. We also are a supportive network of members who guide one another to be better, more confident, more successful dentists.