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The Michael Hoffmann, DDS – Dental Anesthesia Center Anesthesia and Pain Control Lecture: “Procedures for Enteral and Parenteral Moderate Sedation and Emergency Management: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime”

Joseph A. Giovannitti, Jr., DMD
Time: 8:00 am – 11:30 am Code: Cost: $50 | $65 after 9/28 Date: Thursday, Oct 24
The Michael Hoffmann, DDS – Dental Anesthesia Center Anesthesia and Pain Control Lecture

Subject:  Anesthesia/Pain Management |  Audience: All Attendees  |  CE Credits: 3 hours Lecture

Course Description:

The use of anesthesia in dentistry began with the discovery of anesthesia by a dentist in 1844 and has been utilized by general dentists and specialists ever since. Dental anxiety and the prevalence of medical complexities means that the need for sedation services in dentistry is ever increasing. Moderate sedation is an important treatment adjunct that enables many patients to undergo dental treatment that they might not otherwise by capable of enduring. It may be achieved by multiple routes of administration. Most commonly it is achieved using oral and/or parenteral agents. Useful drugs for enteral and parenteral moderate sedation will be discussed, and parameters for use will be presented. Many anesthetic complications develop when the patient intentionally or unintentionally enters a state of deep sedation. The result is an unconscious patient at risk for obstruction, hypoxia, hypercarbia, cardiovascular instability and even death, without quick intervention. Diligence and continuous patient monitoring are paramount in recognizing the transition into deep sedation, and to ensure early intervention to return the patient to the conscious state. Competency in airway management skills is essential.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss a brief history of anesthesia in dentistry.
  • Discuss useful drugs for adult and pediatric enteral sedation.
  • Discuss useful drugs for adult parenteral moderate sedation.
  • Define and recognize deep levels of sedation and its consequences.
  • Discuss patient rescue techniques.
  • Identify and implement various airway management strategies.

About the Speaker: Dr. Giovannitti is a dentist anesthesiologist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Dental Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He previously was the Chair of the Department and the Anesthesia Director of the School’s Center for Patients with Special Needs.  He is the recipient of the Leonard M. Monheim Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists for outstanding contributions to the discipline of anesthesiology benefiting the dental profession, and the Jay A. Heidbrink Award from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, awarded to the individual who has most significantly contributed to the advancement of anesthesiology in dentistry. He has been actively involved in teaching at all levels of dental education, has authored numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and a textbook pertaining to pain and anxiety control in dentistry, has lectured at professional seminars nationally and internationally, and is active in national dental anesthesiology professional organizations.

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