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Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
Why CPR Is Not Enough

An Eight-Hour Dental Continuing Education Program by Larry J. Sangrik, DDS

Course Description

Medical emergencies occurring in the dental office can be stressful and frightening, not only for the patient, but also the entire dental team. This course is designed for dentists and staff to develop strategies to prevent, identify and respond to medical problems including syncope, allergic problems, cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes and respiratory distress. Emphasis will be placed on preparing the dental team in advance of a crisis to minimize its potential impact. Although dentists or staff will benefit from attending individually, the greatest gain is achieved when the entire dental team attends together. By doing so, dental teams can develop a coordinated response to a patient's problem. An extensive handout is provided which can later be condensed into a chair-side manual with appropriate protocols to respond to most emergencies.

Successfully managing a medical emergency is significantly different from knowing about medical emergencies. Working individually and in groups, the afternoon portion of the meeting will include a series of exercises to utilize the material presented in the morning lecture.

Target Audience

Dentists and all members of the dental team.

Format

The entire course is approximately 5 hours lecture and 3 hours participation workshop. The course is modular and may be adapted to any time period up to 8 hours.

Course Outline and Learning Objectives [PDF, 64Kb]

The Science of Dental Fear
Successfully Treating the Apprehensive Patient

An Eight-Hour Dental Continuing Education Program by Larry J. Sangrik, DDS

Course Description

Research indicates that an overwhelming percentage of patients find dental care to be an anxiety-producing experience. At the same time, dentists and dental teams are frustrated when techniques that comfort one patient backfire on another.

This course explores the underlying types of dental fear and the impact on a patient's personality. Skills to identify these fears and alternatives to treat the patient's fears will be discussed. Offices are encouraged to attend as a group. Principles learned will benefit dentists, clinical assistants, hygienists and business staff.

Both psychological and pharmacological techniques will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on safely monitoring patients sedated with nitrous oxide supplemented with oral sedatives.

Target Audience

Dentists (all specialties) and all members of the dental team.

Format

Interactive lecture (various participatory exercises throughout the day).

Course Outline and Learning Objectives [PDF, 116Kb]

Nitrous Oxide & Oral Sedation on the Dental Patient

A Dental Continuing Education Program by Larry J. Sangrik, DDS

Course Description

From the days of Morton and Wells, dentistry has been at the forefront of healthcare in helping the patients cope with the stress and anxiety of treatment. Today, there is a renewed emphasis on aiding apprehensive patients. Because of its ability to wear off quickly, nitrous oxide continues to be a valuable tool in this endeavor.

This course targets dentists who are not currently using nitrous oxide in their practices but wish to begin. Many dental staffs have an increasing responsibility to monitor sedated patients and will also benefit.

The course also covers the use of oral sedation augmenting nitrous oxide and will benefit all dentists.

Target Audience

Dentists and all members of the dental team

Format

Up to 8 hours of lecture material is available. Up to 6 hours participation time is also available if course is held over 2 days.

Course Outline and Learning Objectives [PDF, 78Kb]

Vital Signs & Patient Monitoring

A Four-Hour Dental Continuing Education Program by Larry J. Sangrik, DDS

Course Description

All members of the dental team: dentists, hygienists, clinical assistants and business personnel, are called upon at various times to take vital signs on patients. This course is specifically designed for the dental teams to develop or refine their techniques at taking vital signs as well as gain a deeper appreciation of the information vital signs reveal about the patient. Emphasis will be placed on understanding normal human variances versus pathologic findings.

In addition to the six conventional vital signs, significant attention will be devoted to understanding pulse oximetry and its applicability to dental practice.

Patients must bring a manual blood pressure cuff and stethoscope and wear a short-sleeve shirt.

Target Audience

Dentists and all members of the dental team.

Format

3½ hours lecture, 30 minute practice

Course Outline and Learning Objectives [PDF, 66Kb]

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