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Donaldson - Session 3: Nitrous Oxide and Dental Personnel Concerns: Contamination & Scavenging

  • Tue, Mar 23, 2021 | 6:00 PM - Tue, Mar 23, 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 3: Nitrous Oxide and Dental Personnel Concerns: Contamination & Scavenging

Nitrous oxide – oxygen inhalation sedation continues to be the safest modality dentists have in providing in office sedation. As the late Dr. John Yageila is often quoted, “there has never been a death in a dental office, while dentistry is being done and nitrous oxide is the sole sedative being used.” Unfortunately, while we know the drug is safe in the episodic care of patients, some dental staff continue to be erroneously informed that they could suffer health risks from chronic, occupational exposure.  This evidence-based program debunks that myth.

Objectives to be covered:

  • Discuss the challenges with some of the early animal studies investigating the safety of nitrous oxide
  • Understand the clinical significance of a well-fitting nose-piece or mask
  • Learn how to keep your office safe with a checklist from the ADA Advisory Panel on nitrous oxide safety
  • Recognize the proposed biochemical pathway in which nitrous oxide could be associated with teratogenicity
  • Appreciate the overall safety of nitrous oxide – oxygen inhalational sedation and how to counsel and advise staff on measuring and minimizing any potential occupational exposure
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