Many of our patients are quite anxious about seeking and receiving dental treatment. In fact, it may lead to some people avoiding dental care completely until excruciating pain gives them no choice. Dentists should be able to provide alternatives to control a patient’s anxiety and to assist them to receive treatment.
This course will cover a spectrum of anxiety relieving alternatives. It will give the caring dentist a selection of anxiolytic techniques that can be offered to their patients including psychosedation, oral sedation and nitrous oxide. It will cover the following topics:
- The basic fear and anxiety in the dental chair
- The utilisation of psychosedation techniques
- Review of Basic Life Support
- The Utilisation of oral sedation
- Relevant pharmacology administration and monitoring
- Managing complications
- The utilisation of nitrous oxide sedation
All participants will have the opportunity to administer and experience the full range of effects of relative analgesia using nitrous oxide-oxygen, and after completing the course, will feel confident in setting up and administering this agent.
During the practical session, participants will work in groups and learn both slow and fast nitrous oxide-oxygen induction techniques. It is essential that all participants wishing to perform any procedure on a colleague in a learning environment are registered dental professionals in Australia.
- Gain an understanding of the key causes of fear and anxiety in our patients
- Understand basic psychosedation techniques and be able to apply them
- Revise Basic Life Support
- Understand pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, advantages/disadvantages, indications/contraindications of oral sedation and nitrous oxide sedation and feel confident utilising it in your practice.
Dr Steven Parker
Dr Steve Parker completed his Dental degree (with honours) at the University of Queensland in 1985. He has since completed postgraduate diplomas in both oral surgery (Otago University 1997) and sedation and pain control (University of Sydney 2000). Steven operates a referral based oral surgical practice in North West Sydney where he provides treatment under General Anaesthesia, Intra-venous sedation, Inhalation sedation and Local Anaesthesia. He also provides IV sedation services to Dental Practices for nervous and phobic patients. Steven has been involved in post-graduate training and continuing education for over a decade and has lectured widely throughout Australia and overseas. He also gives practical courses on Advanced Local Anaesthesia and Everyday Oral Surgery for General Practitioners.
ADA Member - $990
1st and 2nd Year Graduate ADA Member - $770
Non-Member - $1287
6.5 Scientific hours
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