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Donaldson - Session 2: “We Can Do Better Than The White-Knuckle Technique!” - Pharmacology 0f Oral Sedatives

  • Tue, Mar 09, 2021 | 6:00 PM - Tue, Mar 09, 2021 | 8:00 PM

Welcome to this four-part lecture series designed to illustrate how uniting the medical, dental, and pharmaceutical fields ultimately leads to “Better Medicine, Better Dentistry.” 

Providing dental care to anxious, fearful and medically-complex patients continues to be a major challenge facing dentists. Despite advances in management techniques and treatment delivery, patients' preexisting opinions and experiences contribute to dental anxiety, fear and avoidance.

Feelings of apprehension create psychological obstacles that prevent dental patients from seeking and receiving care and once they do, the dentist is then faced with treating their oral health needs in the face of multiple chronic diseases, medications and herbal supplements. The simple approach to, “drilling and filling” has just been cranked up a few more notches.

This interactive program will address a number of these concerns with a particular focus on the dental realm. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant's questions are addressed. Most importantly, you will learn implementable strategies to successfully treat medically complex patients on Monday morning; after all, our goal is to make sure all dental appointments are not just successful for your patient, but also for you and your staff.

Dr. Mark Donaldson on Dental Therapeutics (4 part series on 3/2, 3/9, Break, 3/23. 3/20)

  1. When: Starting Mar 2, 2021 6:00 PM (All 4 days)
  2. Donaldson - Registration (Once for All 4 Courses)

ONE REGISTSTION for all 4 Sessions; Complimentary to Members – just use the registration portal. Non-members or members wishing to register their team please contact SKCDS first: $30 for Staff, $100 for Non-Member contact Sandra at Sandra@skcds.com

Session 2: “We Can Do Better Than The White-Knuckle Technique!” - Pharmacology 0f Oral Sedatives

This is a foundational course for all oral healthcare providers to become a better prescribers and a better clinicians in helping dental patients relax. The goal of understanding the different oral medications for inoffice adult minimal sedation will help providers in applying the right drug at the right dose for the right procedure. The tools and protocols presented will help set you up for success with this very large, and growing, population of patients in whom dental fear is one of their greatest challenges.

Objectives to be covered:

  • Describe the continuum of consciousness.
  • List the characteristics of the ideal sedative for in-office use.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of inoffice adult minimal sedation versus other modalities.
  • Describe the mechanism of action and pharmacological properties of the benzodiazepine family of medications.
  • Match the right drug at the right dose to the right patient and the right procedure.


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