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(Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)
September 28,  2017 -  October  1 , 2017
0 Continuing Education Credits

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Limited Attendance

Course tuition includes:
Lectures and Workshops: Wednesday - Sunday, July 19 - 23, 2017. 8:00am - 5:00pm (USC)
Clinical Sessions: Thursday - Sunday, September 28 - October 1, October 14 - 15, 2017. 8:00am - 5:00pm (USC)

Complete course participants can bring 2 auxiliaries for the last 2 weekends.)

$350 daily rate for lecture only participants. Please call 213-821-2127 for details.


The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry is proud to offer to you this comprehensive parenteral moderate sedation course. The 2017 course expands its curriculum to include new drug regimens, advances in patient monitoring, and ACLS Certification. This intensive course consists of 12 days totalling 96 hours: 8 days of lectures and hands-on workshops, and 4 days of clinical patient interaction. Each clinical Saturday will be followed by 2 hours of debrief and classroom critique. The course meets (and exceeds) the educational requirements established by the recently updated 2016 ADA Guidelines and fulfills most state regulations for administration of IV moderate sedation to dental patients. Each didactic day begins with a pre-session knowledge assessment and concludes with a case-based group learning exercise. Participants will perform detailed physical evaluations pertaining to moderate sedation, formulate specific anesthetic plans according to patients' medical and surgical histories, initiate and confirm safe intravenous access, administer and demonstrate competency in the safe titration of sedative medications, and perform dental procedures under close supervision of faculty who have had post-graduate training in dental anesthesiology. They will also receive direct hands-on training in airway management in a live patient setting.


  • Patient evaluation, selection, and suitability for moderate sedation through medical history taking, physical diagnosis, and psychological consideration
  • The continuum of sedation and anesthesia, with particular emphasis upon monitoring levels of sedation and the recognition of unintended deep sedation/general anesthesia
  • Respiratory physiology, anatomy, and pathology
  • Pharmacology of moderate sedation agents, adjunctive agents, and local anesthesia
  • Drug interactions and contra-indications
  • Indications and contraindications for the use of moderate sedation in an office-based setting
  • Review of possible dental procedures done with moderate sedation
  • Principles of patient monitoring
  • Intravenous access, complications, and other routes of parenteral administration
  • Moderate sedation treatment planning
  • Prevention, recognition, and management of systemic complications of moderate sedation
  • Recognition of sedation emergencies, emergency airway management,and patient rescue techniques
  • Record keeping and medico-legal aspects of dental moderate sedation
  • Abuse and diversion
  • Live patient ventilation and clinical exposure to rescuing a patient from unintended loss of consciousness


  • Advantages and disadvantages of moderate sedation
  • Prevention, recognition, and management of complications associated with moderate sedation in an office-based setting
  • Safe and effective administration of moderate sedation and selected drugs to patients in a clinical setting.
  • How to recognize abuse potential, occupational hazards, and other untoward effects of the agents utilized for moderate sedation
  • Technique of intravenous access, intramuscular injection and other parenteral techniques
  • Pharmacology of the drugs selected for administration
  • Precautions, indications, contra-indications, and adverse reactions associated with the drugs selected.
  • Complications associated with techniques of moderate sedation
  • How to prepare a protocol for management of emergencies in the dental office, and demonstrate understanding in usage of emergency drugs and equipment required for the prevention and management of emergency situations.
  • Principles of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)
  • Principles and certification in AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • How to manage an emergency situation


James Tom, DDS, MS (Course Director)
Kenneth K. Lee, DDS (Course Director)
Michael Alanes, Jason Brady, Steven Ganzberg, Dr. Michael Mashni, Dr. Shaheen Moezzi, Dr. Christine Quinn, Dr. Mary Satuito, Dr. Ryan Wu and additional faculty


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