Contemporary Sedation of Children for the Dental Practice: Enteral and Parenteral Techniques

Oct 24-26, 2014

The sedation course is intended for pediatric dentists who have had training in sedation techniques during their graduate or residency training programs. Although the course involves a series of lectures on key topics associated with sedation (e.g. monitoring of the patient), materials are provided that include a narrative on issues such as child personality and selection of drugs and a reference list.

The course is consistent with the ADA’s Guidelines on Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students in a Continuing Education Program. The level of the course, according to the ADA’s Guidelines, Part II, Definitions, Education Courses, is that of a survey course and does not offer direct, clinical patient management.

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

-Describe the pediatric anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and central nervous system related to sedation.

-Describe the commonly observed pharmacological effects of sedative agents used in pediatric sedations.

-Describe the appropriate physical assessment of the pediatric patient including risk assessment.

-Choose appropriate sedative(s) for the individual pediatric patient based on behavior, temperament and dental needs.

-Describe and discuss guidelines associated with the sedation of pediatric patients.

-Describe the use of nitrous oxide when used in combination with other sedative agents for use in pediatric patients.

-Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of sedation and consider alternatives.

-List the complications associated with sedation of the pediatric patient.

-Discuss the prevention, recognition and management of these complications.

-Discuss the pharmacological effects of combined drug therapy, their implications and management.


Stephen Wilson
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