Course Description
We are excited to be returning to San Francisco, CA for the 17th annual conference taking place from September 10-11, 2022. Please note, the live in-person conference lectures will not be recorded nor available online. We are also offering a modified virtual conference that will include on-demand lectures created specifically for this virtual platform. All options include a comprehensive, state-of-the-art syllabus with internationally renowned speakers. The on-demand virtual course will feature lectures that can be watched at your own leisure on relevant topics given by world-renowned international and national sedation educators.

This course is intended to improve learner competence and performance by offering a comprehensive review of dental sedation, from the basics to evolving and state-of-the art practice (i.e. knowledge). Being prepared for rare and unanticipated emergencies as well as for the more common adverse events, the learner will be equipped to improve patient outcomes. The aim of this conference is to increase the participant’s breadth of knowledge of pediatric dental  sedation and elaborate on ways to improve and track patient outcomes. Recognized leaders from multi-specialties will offer national and international perspectives.
Course Objectives
  1. Recall and apply current recommendations regarding minimal, moderate and deep sedation. 
  2. Evaluate the pharmacology and clinical application of commonly utilized sedatives and weigh the advantages, disadvantages, efficacy and adverse events associated with each option.
  3. Apply sedation concepts learned to evaluate complex and challenging sedation scenarios and formulate a plan.
  4. Provide a comprehensive review of the patient pre-sedation assessment necessary to identify appropriate candidates for procedural sedation.
  5. Implement recommended physiologic monitoring, including capnography, used to continuously assess patient status and to identify acute changes.
  6. Assess post-sedation readiness for discharge by applying standardized discharge criteria.
  7. Objectively consider sedative options based on patient condition, length and depth of targeted sedation and procedure to be performed.
  8. Employ non-pharmacologic techniques and strategies to minimize sedatives administered and improve the patient experience.
  9. Anticipate and prepare for sedation-related adverse events and perform rescue.
  10. Analyze recent changes in guidelines, regulations, policies and future developments in dental sedation systems and their impact on patient care.
  11. Prepare a dental office team for emergencies with a detailed plan of action.
  12. Identify and describe the basic elements of a pediatric dental sedation safety checklist.
  13. Understand how pediatric dentistry is adapting to the new era of COVID- 19.
  14. Appreciate how nitrous oxide is being used in the dental practice during the COVID-19 era.