Anxiety Control in Dental Practice - The Art of Oral and Inhalational Adult Minimal Sedation
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Presented by Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, ACPR, PHARMD, FASHP, FACHE
Providing dental care to anxious and fearful patients continues to be a major challenge facing dentists. Despite advances in management techniques and treatment delivery, patients’ pre-existing opinions and experiences contribute to dental anxiety and fear. Feelings of apprehension create psychological obstacles that prevent dental patients from seeking and receiving care. Of the current techniques to facilitate coping or to minimize procedure apprehension, in-office enteral sedation or oral conscious sedation has garnered the most attention.
In recent years, the use of oral benzodiazepines such as triazolam and lorazepam (with or without nitrous oxide) for the diminution of perioperative anxiety and fear in dental patients has increased. Provincial and State dental boards, in response, have changed or developed new regulations outlining the training and equipment needed for in-office minimal, moderate and deep sedation.
This dynamic course will cover both the science and art of oral and inhalational adult minimal sedation in an interactive and engaging multimedia presentation. The pharmacological basis of therapeutics will be addressed, taking the principles of academia into the realm of clinical practice. Treatment strategies and protocols will be discussed in a comprehensive, case-based approach. Most importantly, attendees will return to work with knowledge and techniques they can implement at chairside on Monday morning.
Discuss the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
Describe the continuum of consciousness
List the characteristics of the ideal sedative for in-office use
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of oral conscious sedation versus other modalities
Describe the mechanism of action and pharmacological properties of the benzodiazepine family of medications
Match the right drug at the right dose to the right patient and the right procedure
Understand the tremendous safety and utility of nitrous oxide
If you must withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances, please call 250-472-4747 at least five working days prior to commencement of the course to receive a refund. Dentists will be charged a $75 administrative fee per day of withdrawal, and allied professionals will be charged a $40 administrative fee per day of withdrawal.