Dental: Emergency Drugs for the Dental Office

9.95
Online
Mandatory
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About the Course
Medical emergencies in the dental office are an unavoidable part of the profession. Even though precautions to prevent such events are undertaken, these events are inevitable and the dental practitioner must be prepared. Malamed1 reported in his book that 96.6% of respondents of a survey among practicing dentists had a medical emergency occur in the office. Emergencies can range from relatively benign conditions to life-threatening situations. Syncope and hyperventilation are two of the most common complications seen in the dental office. One must keep in mind that even these seemingly mild issues can escalate and cause significant morbidity. Although uncommon, major emergencies, including cardiac, pulmonary, and neurologic events, can occur. The dentist must be able to manage such situations until emergency medical responders arrive to the clinic. Lastly, urgent or emergent situations can occur at any point during the patient’s visit to the dental office. The patient’s anxiety about the procedure can cause an event in the waiting room or even intraoperatively. Medications administered can also cause adverse reactions intraoperatively or even postoperatively.

This course aims to provide the dental practitioner with an overview of emergency adjuncts and medications. It is advisable for dental practitioners to also have formal training to manage emergencies, including basic life support and advance cardiac life support.

Course Objectives
  1. Identify the emergency equipment that dental practitioners should have in their offices.
  2. Describe the emergency medications dental practitioners should maintain in their emergency kits.
  3. Describe the emergency medications used for intravenous sedation that dental practitioners should maintain in their emergency kits.
  4. Discuss the basics of storage and monitoring of emergency medications in the dental office.


About the Author
Karen D. Hallisey, DMD, is the dental planner at Western Schools. She received her undergraduate degree at Saint Michael’s College in 1997 before earning her DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2001. Dr. Hallisey is a licensed dentist in the state of Massachusetts and is a member of both the Massachusetts Dental Society and the American Dental Association. She worked as a general dentist in private practice for ten years before deciding to enter the realm of higher education. Along with being the Dental Planner here at Western Schools, Dr. Hallisey is an assistant professor and the Associate Department Chair in the Mount Ida College Department of Dental Hygiene. There she teaches pharmacology to second year students and also serves as the supervising dentist in both the first and second year clinics.

AGD Subject Code: 142
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Emergency Drugs for the Dental Office

9.95
About the Course
Medical emergencies in the dental office are an unavoidable part of the profession. Even though precautions to prevent such events are undertaken, these events are inevitable and the dental practitioner must be prepared. Malamed1 reported in his book that 96.6% of respondents of a survey among practicing dentists had a medical emergency occur in the office. Emergencies can range from relatively benign conditions to life-threatening situations. Syncope and hyperventilation are two of the most common complications seen in the dental office. One must keep in mind that even these seemingly mild issues can escalate and cause significant morbidity. Although uncommon, major emergencies, including cardiac, pulmonary, and neurologic events, can occur. The dentist must be able to manage such situations until emergency medical responders arrive to the clinic. Lastly, urgent or emergent situations can occur at any point during the patient’s visit to the dental office. The patient’s anxiety about the procedure can cause an event in the waiting room or even intraoperatively. Medications administered can also cause adverse reactions intraoperatively or even postoperatively.

This course aims to provide the dental practitioner with an overview of emergency adjuncts and medications. It is advisable for dental practitioners to also have formal training to manage emergencies, including basic life support and advance cardiac life support.

Course Objectives
  1. Identify the emergency equipment that dental practitioners should have in their offices.
  2. Describe the emergency medications dental practitioners should maintain in their emergency kits.
  3. Describe the emergency medications used for intravenous sedation that dental practitioners should maintain in their emergency kits.
  4. Discuss the basics of storage and monitoring of emergency medications in the dental office.


About the Author
Karen D. Hallisey, DMD, is the dental planner at Western Schools. She received her undergraduate degree at Saint Michael’s College in 1997 before earning her DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2001. Dr. Hallisey is a licensed dentist in the state of Massachusetts and is a member of both the Massachusetts Dental Society and the American Dental Association. She worked as a general dentist in private practice for ten years before deciding to enter the realm of higher education. Along with being the Dental Planner here at Western Schools, Dr. Hallisey is an assistant professor and the Associate Department Chair in the Mount Ida College Department of Dental Hygiene. There she teaches pharmacology to second year students and also serves as the supervising dentist in both the first and second year clinics.

AGD Subject Code: 142