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This course is offered as a continuing education experience for dental auxiliary who work in dental or oral surgery offices in the State of Illinois where sedation or general anesthesia is administered. The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Illinois Dental Practice Act and the Rules Administering the Dental Practice Act. This course includes both lecture and clinical exposure which is completed at one of the two dental schools in Illinois. A certificate of completion will be issued upon course completion.
Course Objectives and Competencies:
• Become familiar with the anatomy and physiology involved with monitoring and airway maintenance in the sedated dental patient.
• Obtain a basic understanding of the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological systems as they relate to anesthesia and sedation.
• Become familiar with the health questionnaire and its application for the evaluation of the patient undergoing anesthesia/sedation and be able to link this information to the ASA classification.
• Develop an understanding of the levels of sedation/anesthesia and be able to recognize these levels in the patient under dental sedation.
• Acquire the skills required for monitoring the sedated patient, including monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, respirations temperature and level of consciousness.
• Learn to operate automated monitoring devices including the EKG and pulse-oximeter.
• Learn to complete the anesthesia record and make appropriate monitoring entries during the procedure and during recovery.
• Learn basic management protocols for anesthesia related emergencies and become more competent in assisting the dentist in their management.
Prerequisite: Must be currently certified in BLS for healthcare providers or its equivalent. A copy of your current BLS card must accompany registration form. The Illinois State Dental Society is an approved provider of continuing education in the State of Illinois. Illinois dental hygienists will earn 12 continuing education credits when completing this course.