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Parenteral Sedation Course

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center

703 Main Street, Paterson, NJ

Look to our conscious sedation training course for a comprehensive 100+ hour, hands-on IV training package based on ADA guidelines for teaching IV sedation in dentistry.  Designed to provide the scientific basis for safe sedation as well as simulation and clinical training leading to basic skill acquisition, you can have peace of mind that you will feel confident in your ability to administer anesthesia safely and effectively.  The optional 16-hour American Heart Association ACLS program is included at no extra charge.

Below we offer our extensive syllabus to inform our students on what they can expect to get out of our IV oral sedation dentistry courses. If you dream of having a dental parental sedation certification, we encourage you to sign up for our classes today to learn the innovative techniques and tools necessary for the job. Contact Dr. Joseph Portale at (201) 945-5777 with any questions you may have regarding our training courses and schedule.


At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to apply for certification for moderate parenteral sedation in states in which they are licensed.  They will be able to:

  1. Select patients for whom dental office based sedation poses minimal risk
  2. Identify patients who should be referred to hospital-based anesthesia
  3. Discuss the pharmacology of agents commonly used in dental office based sedation
  4. Describe how each of these agents affects respiration and cardiovascular function
  5. Recognize and manage medical emergencies and anesthesia-related complications
  6. Discuss reversal agents, anti-emetics and anti-inflammatories and their appropriate use
  7. Articulate a checklist that might be used to ensure readiness for sedation
  8. Describe critical differences between adults and children as sedation candidates
  9. List all monitoring devices and safety-related equipment needed for sedation
  10. Discuss office protocols and principles of documentation related to sedation


The program includes lectures, seminars, simulation training and supervised clinical experiences as part of the anesthesia/sedation team.


Hillel Ephros, DMD, MD, Course Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Richard P. Szumita, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Meredith Blitz, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Robert J. DeFalco, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Michael Erlichman, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Henna DeSimone, DDS, Pediatric Dentist, Dental Anesthesiologist

Jonathan Mendia, DMD, Dental Anesthesiologist

Yasmi O. Crystal, DMD, Pediatric Dentist

Pam Upadya, MD, Anesthesiologist and Director of Simulation, SJUMC

Jonathan Markley, DO, Anesthesiologist

Seth Landa, MD, Anesthesiologist

Karmei Chan, MD, Pediatric Anesthesiologist

David Crystal, DDS, Parenteral Conscious Sedation Dentist

Dominic LU, DDS, Dental Anesthesiologist and Dental Educator

Joseph Portale, DMD, MAGD, Parenteral Conscious Sedation Dentist

Attendants will become familiar with:
  • indications
  • case selection and case presentation
  • drug regimes for oral, intranasal agents, and IV
  • use of local anesthesia with sedation
  • monitoring
  • additional behavioral management techniques to use in conjunction with pharmacological agents
  • equipment required
  • discharge and documentation
  • guidelines and regulations
We will discuss cases and tips on how to optimize the success of sedation as a viable alternative for the treatment of the pediatric patients with limited cooperation.


The program is open to dentists and dental specialists with or without any prior experience using oral, inhalation or parenteral sedation (including IV, IM, submucosal, or intranasal.)  Space is limited to ten participants per course.  All registrants must have evidence of currency in Basic Life Support from and be an AHA-approved provider.  ACLS training is included and will take place during the middle weekend of the program. Participants may receive up to an additional 16 hours of CE credit for ACLS beyond the 80+-hour CEU course.

Course Schedule

Lectures cover patient selection, pre-anesthesia evaluation, physiology, pharmacology, monitoring, emergency management, drug interactions, reversal agents,  reducing dosage of sedatives for greater safety, IV techniques and IV solutions as well as legal issues and office and staff preparation for sedation practice. Simulation training takes place on day 4 and live patient interactions commence on the fifth day and continue through the end of the course.  

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The program receives no commercial support.

No member of the faculty has any known conflicts of interest.