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Add the intravenous modality to your dental practice! Our philosophy defines patient anxiety control as a continuum: from nitrous oxide inhalation, to oral sedation, to intravenous procedural  sedation (light-moderate-deep), to consultation with a general anesthesiologist. The end point of these approaches is the comfort and anxiety reduction of the patient when accepting dental care. This course prepares you for the Parenteral Certification requirements in most states, including airway management, reversal agents, and medications. The course is presented in a modern teaching hospital with instructors from the Department of Dentistry/Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the Department of Anesthesiology.

For the past 20 years, ASAASD has met the needs of general dentists and dental specialists by offering courses that prepare participants for certification in parenteral conscious sedation in 47 states. The American Society for Anesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry (ASAASD) proudly sponsors an over 80-hour comprehensive hands-on program in parenteral sedation for dentists.  In addition, the Society provides the 16-hour ACLS program as an included option. The program provides training that is consistent with the most current ADA guidelines for the use and teaching of anesthesia and sedation by dentists.  Program graduates have earned certification and practice parenteral sedation through out the United States. The ASAASD also provides practicing general dentists to discuss the full range of sedation modalities they use in their practices.

ASAASD historically has been the only society in dentistry to encourage the general practitioner to use IV sedation in the office. The Society has and will continue to disseminate knowledge and training in sedation for those who desire to attain these goals. The belief that dentists do not possess the skill or ability to use IV sedation is unfounded. For the clinician who is properly trained and utilizes it appropriately, sedation is a safe and powerful way to bring oral health care to many who avoid it or find it uncomfortable. For the many patients who experience fear and anxiety, even the best chair-side manner and local anesthesia are not sufficient. However, the vast majority of these patients can be treated comfortably in a calm pain-free environment with the use of IV sedation. Sedation is also especially effective for longer procedures including implant placement and other surgery as well as extensive restorative dentistry.

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