Questions To Ask Any Parenteral Sedation Course:
1. While I am training, will I be issued a temporary license to both do dentistry and perform IV sedation by the state board of dentistry in the state in which the clinical portion is held or will I be performing both dentistry and sedation without a license and without malpractice protection?
2. Are all of the faculty licensed to practice in the state in which the course is held and do they have professional malpractice insurance that covers them in this state and during this course?
3. Once I complete this training, will my state board of dentistry recognize it and allow me to get a permit to administer IV sedation?
4. In this course will I be starting the IV on every patient, titrating sedative agents to effect on every patient and doing dentistry on every patient (just like private practice will be)?
5. Will I be taught single and multiple drug techniques?
6. Will any drugs or techniques taught during the course not be allowed by my state after I complete the program?
7. Are all of the course faculty dentist anesthesiologists that are board certified by both the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology (ADBA) and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology (NDBA) with an average of over 18 years clinical practice and teaching experience in anesthesiology for dentistry?
8. How many days is the course? The ADA guidelines and almost all state requirements are for a 60 hour didactic session plus 20 cases of IV sedation per course participant. Many states specify the 60 hours must be exclusive of BLS (CPR) and ACLS. We fail to understand how a course that meets the standards and prepares you to confidently bring these procedures to your office can be offered in less than 12 days.
9. Who do you want to be taught by? Faculty that are dentist anesthesiologists who provide the full spectrum of moderate sedation through intubated general anesthesia, for dental patients in dental offices or someone that not only isn’t a dentist but has never even sedated a patient in a dental office???
We highly encourage you to Google all faculty listed for any parenteral moderate sedation course you are considering attending. Go a few pages back. You DESERVE to know who the faculty are that will be training you and you deserve to know their backgrounds.
Pediatric patients will not be treated in this course nor do we advocate parenteral moderate sedation for patients under the age of 16.
Critical Information for All Courses:
Doctor requirements prior to enrolling:
- A valid license to practice dentistry in at least one US state or Canadian province
- Current Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR)
- Current ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support)
- Current DEA permit allowing the subscription of Schedules II/IIN through V
- Appropriate malpractice insurance
You must bring at least two dental assistants
for the entirety of the clinic sessions. Also, you are strongly encouraged to bring your assistants for all of the didactic sessions. They will benefit from this information and there is no additional tuition charged for your first two assistants. If you wish to bring additional assistants, a small fee will be assessed that only covers our expenses.
You will be completely comfortable with and prepared to go back to your office and sedate and treat patients. This course is very well organized due primarily to the excellent quality of faculty and staff we have been able to secure.
Note: During the clinical portion of the course each participant is required to to bring all armamentarium/supplies required to treat patients.
These are long days! The didactic days are eight hours each and the clinic days are between ten and fourteen hours each. For as long and difficult as this course is, it is also a lot of fun and it is a “good tired” that you'll feel each day.
NOTE: As of October, 2007 the ADA Guidelines changed. One of the changes was the following sentence:
“The course director must certify the competency of participants upon satisfactory completion of training in each moderate sedation technique, including instruction, clinical experience and airway management.”
Each participant must be 100% clear that there is a possibility that if they do not perform satisfactorily during the course that the course director may not be able to write a letter to their state board stating that they are competent in parenteral moderate sedation and airway management. All participants will get the CE hours, but participants may not get a statement of competency from the course director.