IV Sedation Certification

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This innovative program provides participants with the knowledge and clinical skills to properly select and safely administer effective intravenous (IV) minimal/moderate conscious sedation in an outpatient dental setting.

IV Sedation Certification satisfies U.S. and Canadian requirements for IV sedation. It includes 60 hours of didactic instruction over two 4-day sessions, plus clinical instruction that includes at least 20 patient experiences. The course also includes ACLS certification and AHA advanced airway management.

The program curriculum takes a practical, team approach to effective minimal and moderate conscious sedation utilizing both enteral and parenteral methods. Instructors are accomplished educators and distinguished practitioners who are experts in their respective fields of dentistry, anesthesiology, emergency response, medicine, graduate education and research.

Course Highlights:

  • Discuss the prevention, recognition and management of systemic complications of minimal and moderate sedation with particular attention to airway maintenance and support of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
  • How to safely and effectively administer minimal and moderate sedation to patients in a clinical setting.
  • Describe and demonstrate the techniques of intravenous access, intramuscular injection and other parenteral techniques.
  • Detail the pharmacology of the drug(s) selected for administration, and the precautions, indications, contraindications and adverse reactions associated with them.
  • Thoroughly discuss patient evaluation, assessment and selection through detailed review of medical history taking, physical diagnosis and psychological considerations.

  • Locations

    IV Sedation Certification takes place at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR.

  • Course Details

    IV Sedation Certification curriculum will cover the following topics:

    • The sedation spectrum
    • Mechanisms of orofacial pain and analgesia
    • Psychological aspects of pain and anxiety
    • Principles of pharmacology
    • Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics of conscious sedation medications used in dentistry
    • Drug interactions
    • Patient assessment
    • Advanced airway maintenance & management
    • Monitoring
    • IV sedation protocol
    • Venipuncture
    • Record-keeping
    • Sedation blunders
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), includes ACLS certification

    Learning Objectives:

    • Advantages and disadvantages of minimal and moderate sedation.
    • Prevention, recognition and management of complications from venipuncture and other parenteral techniques; oral sedation and other enteral techniques; and minimal and moderate sedation with particular attention to airway maintenance and support of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
    • Safely and effectively administer minimal and moderate sedation to patients in a clinical setting.
    • Abuse potential, occupational hazards, and other detrimental effects of the agents utilized to achieve minimal and moderate sedation.
    • Techniques of intravenous access, intramuscular injection and other parenteral techniques through demonstration.
    • Pharmacology of the drug(s) selected for administration, including the precautions, indications, contraindications and adverse reactions associated with them.
    • Complications associated with techniques of minimal and moderate sedation.
    • Protocols for management of most commonly encountered emergencies in the dental office, and the drugs and equipment required for the prevention and management of them.
    • Principles of advanced cardiac life support and advanced airway management.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in managing emergency situations.
    • Historical, philosophical, and psychological aspects of anxiety and pain control.
    • Patient evaluation, assessment, and selection through detailed review of medical history taking, physical diagnosis and psychological considerations.
    • Definitions and descriptions of physiological and psychological aspects of anxiety and pain.
    • Sedation anesthesia continuum, with particular focus on the distinction between the conscious and the unconscious state.
    • Distinguish pediatric and adult respiratory and circulatory physiology and related anatomy.
    • Pharmacology of local anesthetics and agents used in minimal and moderate sedation.
    • Indications and contraindications for use of minimal and moderate sedation.
    • Dental procedures possible under minimal and moderate sedation.
    • Patient monitoring using observation and monitoring equipment, with particular attention to vital signs and reflexes related to consciousness.
    • Proper recordkeeping with accurate chart entries, recording medical history, physical examination, informed consent, time-oriented anesthesia record, including the names of all drugs administered including local anesthetics, dosages and monitored physiological parameters.
    • Monitors and equipment used in conscious sedation.
    • Anatomy, equipment and technique of intravenous access.
  • Why should I bring my team?

    DOCS Education considers the dental team a vital part of good patient care and urges every dentist to bring at least one staff member to courses. States differ in their sedation regulations. Visit www.SedationRegulations.com to learn more.

    In most dental offices team members play an essential role. It's imperative that they be knowledgeable about the process to better serve the patient and the dentist.

  • Faculty

    Anthony S. Feck, DMD

    Dr. Anthony S. Feck is the Dean of Faculty for DOCS Education and has been a featured speaker throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He is well-known for his teaching and lecturing style that blends humor with contagious passion. Dr. Feck has many roles: established clinician, author, educator and speaker. His varied career has given him the opportunity to explore a number of passions, including sedation dentistry, dental technology, pharmacology and practice building. Seeking a way to treat the startling number of people with dental phobias, Dr. Feck co-founded the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (now DOCS Education), with Dr. Michael Silverman in 1999. As the Dean of Faculty, Dr. Feck plays a key role in DOCS Education's growth as a leading provider of dental continuing education. Dr. Feck has also served as a consultant in the development of many new dental innovations.


    Sean A. Benson, DDS

    Dr. Benson is the director of Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry's General Practice Residency (GPR) program. He is a past president and current member of the Oregon Dental Association, member of Special Care Dentistry Association, and runs a private practice in Baker City, Oregon. Dr. Benson's specialties include pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, occlusion, special needs dentistry and sedation. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.


    Leslie Shu-Tung Fang, MD, PhD

    Dr. Fang was named in the "Top 100 Clinicians in Continuing Education" by Dentistry Today in 2008. Widely respected in the medical, dental and academic communities, Dr. Fang is frequently a featured speaker at medical and dental conferences. He is a world-renowned physician, educator, businessman and speaker with an impressive portfolio of accomplishments. Repeatedly honored as one of "America's Top Doctors" and "The Best Doctors of Boston," Dr. Fang maintains an active practice in internal medicine and nephrology in Boston. He also serves as a lead instructor at Harvard Medical School and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. As a faculty member of DOCS Education, Dr. Fang plays an integral role in bridging the gap between the dental and medical professions. He serves as an instructor for a variety of courses including Oral Sedation Dentistry, Sedation Solutions, Pediatric Sedation Dentistry and IV Recertification.


    Dr. Jerome Wellbrock

    Dr. Wellbrock is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and the owner of Northern Kentucky Dental Medicine, PLLC. He is a DOCS Education faculty member and the Live Patient Experience Director; he brings extensive sedation experience to his instruction with over 210 hours of continuing education in anesthesia, sedation and pain control; 100 hours of IV sedation training; and over 110 CE hours in orofacial pain at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Dr. Wellbrock has been a member of the AGD and ADA for over 30 years, and held positions of president and vice president of the Northern Kentucky Dental Society and Kentucky Dental Association respectively.


    P.J. Goyal, DDS

    Dr. Goyal is a clinical professor at Midwestern University College of Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has post-graduate education in prosthodontics and oral surgery, and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Anesthesia Training Program with specialized training from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Dr. Goyal is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Air Force, and serves as the Chief Dental Surgeon in active reserve of the Air National Guard in Columbus, Ohio. He was in private practice for 14 years in Cleveland, Ohio, and a clinical instructor and lecturer at the Case Western University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Goyal is a DOCS Education faculty member; he provides instruction in advanced sedation courses.


    John Bovia

    Mr. Bovia has 30 years of experience in emergency medical services dating back to his time in the U.S. military. He was one of the first paramedics to be licensed in the state of Michigan. Mr. Bovia is the co-founder of Life Support Services, Inc. and has been recognized as an outstanding instructor for the American Heart Association (AHA). He has trained over 200,000 health care providers including nurses, EMTs, physicians and dentists. Mr. Bovia runs one of the largest training centers for the AHA, instructing health care providers and other trainers on the topic of resuscitation. He is the instructor of the ACLS course for DOCS Education.


  • Does insurance cover IV sedation?

    Many dental insurance carriers will pay for sedation. Again, there is wide variability in this area.

  • Who is DOCS Education?

    DOCS Education has trained over 20,000 dentists who are committed to offering safe dentistry to all patients, including those suffering from anxiety. DOCS Education graduates have safely treated an estimated 2 million patients across the United States and Canada. It's estimated that approximately 30 percent of people fear the dentist, which leaves many individuals to be helped. That's why DOCS Education frequently updates its courses and information.