The use of intravenous sedation techniques is quite popular in many dental offices because of the need, efficacy and safety of various techniques. This presentation will provide a timely review of current and popular techniques, with special attention given to the prevention, recognition and prevention of adverse side effects.
Local anesthesia is a mainstay in the pain management arsenal in dental offices. Like all other medications, local anesthesia can also result in serious complications, whether they be due to drug toxicity, nerve and vascular injury, unintended nerve involvement or any attendant medical emergency, which may include syncope, psychogenic reactions or myocardial challenge, among others. This clinically relevant presentation will examine all possible complications associated with the use of local anesthetics, including inability to anesthetize.
In addition to the intended and anticipated effects of anesthetic agents, there are un-intended and occasionally adverse side effects. This presentation will focus on these adverse side effects, including suggestions for both avoidance as well as management. A concluding discussion of anesthetic reversal agents will follow.
The use of nitrous oxide as both a sedative and analgesic is widespread in dentistry. This presentation will focus on the pharmacology of nitrous oxide, with special emphasis on safety, correct usage and contraindications.
It is a well known and accepted fact that many patients avoid necessary dental care because of anxiety associated with the delivery of that care.
Pre-emptive anxiolysis can increase patient cooperation, improve anesthetic induction, maintenance and recovery and attenuate the sometimes harmful adverse autonomic responses. Specific clinical techniques will be addressed in this presentation.
This presentation will introduce the what, how and why's of ECG monitoring for patients receiving light to moderate sedation in the dental office. The pathophysiology and significance of commonly encountered dsyrhythmias will be reviewed. This program is offered in conjunction with the ADSA moderate sedation course.
Capnography is the measurement of carbon dioxide in expired air. In the dental office. As it is the most accurate and efficient method to monitor ventilation, it has now become the standard of care for all levels of office-based anesthesia or sedation. This course will ready the dental practitioner to correctly interpret the valuable information that capnography provides.
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