Treatment of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

Course Description

Are you sometimes challenged by the medically compromised patients who present for treatment in your office? Are you frequently overwhelmed by the vast amount of medical knowledge you feel you must keep up with? Do you shake your head when you see a patient with a list of medications as long as your arm? Are you sometimes confused by which medical problems are important and which are not? Well, if so, you are not alone. In this course we attempt to break down the taking of medical history to a practical and simple process applicable to the day to day needs of the general dentist. We discuss a methodology for analyzing the medical status of the patient and how to mentally process the information you gather in a timely manner, giving you information that is relevant to the dentistry you are planning. Since the medical status of the patient is an indicator of possible medical emergencies, we make the natural transition from discussing the medical issue to the types of emergencies that patients with that condition are likely to have.

From the comfort of your own home or office, you can watch the lecture and slide presentation at your own pace, avoiding travel and making this form of continuing education the most practical, economical and time efficient way to get your hours.

This presentation will be useful for dentist and staff, and the slide presentation can be used as a quick reference for office use.

Course Objectives

In this course you will:

  1. Define medical risk assessment and learn its relevance to the dental patient.
  2. Understand the stress reaction and how it affects dental patients.
  3. Learn how to identify red flags in the health history and determine whether it is safe to perform the planned procedure.
  4. Discuss cardiology for dentists as a model for medical risk assessment.
  5. Discuss a variety of medical problems and learn their relevance to dentistry.
  6. Identify a number of medical emergencies which occur in the dental office and learn how to treat them.
  7. Review the drugs and equipment you should have in the dental office.

In summary, you will learn how to think of the medical history as an integrated tool to help you deliver safe and appropriate dentistry to the ever increasing population of medically compromised patients we see in our practices.

Faculty

Matthew Dennis, D.M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences at UF

Neither I nor my immediate family have any financial interests that would create a conflict of interest or restrict my independent judgment with regard to the content of this course.

Email: mdennis@dental.ufl.edu

Continuing Education Units

4 contact hours. Online.

Course Length

Participants have 180 days to complete the online course.


The University of Florida is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider and a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

 

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