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.