Rothman: Sedation and Emergency Treatment of the Pediatric Dental Patient – Part 1


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The pediatric dental patient presents unique challenges in both sedation and emergency management. The goal of sedation is to lessen a child’s anxiety, provide short-term memory loss, and decrease the procedural pain. The sedation medications and techniques may predispose a child to cardiovascular and respiratory compromise along with other possible complications. Thoroughly understanding the sedative medications and potential complications of sedation can aid in identifying and managing emergencies before they become life threatening.

Part 1 of this course includes information on the basics of office sedation including why, guidelines and regulations, choosing the child for sedation, parenting, behavioral evaluation components, developmental milestones, & behavior management.

Educational Objectives:

The complete course provides the practitioner and the staff with an overview of the following:

  • Pediatric sedation
  • Sedation drugs
  • Monitoring
  • Emergency management protocols of in-office complications

CE Credit Units:

2 CEUs

Level of skill recommended for participants:

Of interest to Dentists, Students & Residents, Auxiliaries and Office Staff

Instructor Information:

Dr. David Rothman received his B.A. Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. Following a General Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center and an Anesthesiology Residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, he completed his Pediatric Dental Residency at Children’s Hospital in Oakland and the University of California, San Francisco. After being Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program Director at UCSF, he became Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and currently is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry in the School of Dental Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Rothman is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is an active member of the AAPD, California Society of Pediatric Dentists, American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association. He is on the active staff of the California Pacific Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center/San Francisco and Children’s Hospital in Oakland, and he consults on the Craniofacial Panel of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. He lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of anesthesia, sedation and pediatric dentistry. He, his wife and three children live in San Francisco.

Instructor Disclosure of any conflicts of interest:

The speaker discloses no financial interest in this subject matter.

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