Dentist: Emergency drugs for the Dental Office

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About Course #L0879

Release Date: May 24, 2018

Expiration Date: May 24, 2021

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. Emergencies can range from relatively benign conditions to life-threatening situations. 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. Medications administered can also cause adverse reactions intraoperatively or even postoperatively. This course will provide the dental practitioner with an overview of emergency adjuncts and medications.

Fulfills the medical emergencies requirement in the following states: CT (DDS), MN (DDS, RDH, RDA), and VT (DDS, RDH, RDA).

AGD Subject Code: 142

Course Objectives

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

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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