Oral Sedation Dentistry


Oral sedation dentistry is essential for every dentist

Over two million patients have already benefited from the training their dentists received from DOCS Education. Shouldn't your patients be next?

Learn about the course from instructor Dr. Leslie Fang himself by listening here:

This popular class offers everything you need to integrate sedation into your practice. Here are the key advantages you'll experience when you enroll in the oral sedation dentistry course:

  • Implementing sedation — Acquire the knowledge and skills to sedate healthy adults while applying established safety standards and providing positive experiences for patient and practitioner
  • Expanding your knowledge — Gain current medical information and become a better clinician
  • Reaching a broader base — Learn to help the millions who fear dentistry by managing their pain and anxiety
  • Streamlining your practice — Reap the benefits of efficiency through coordinated team training

What You'll Learn

Oral Sedation Dentistry will cover two levels, nine protocols, team training and an overview of the science behind the skills. You'll leave with the confidence and resources necessary to immediately put oral conscious sedation to work on behalf of your patients and your practice.

This engaging 3-day oral sedation course offers a comprehensive look at the science of sedation, airway management(117), treatment planning, equipment, staff training and regulatory topics. You'll learn to identify which patients are good candidates for sedation and a range of protocols and safety provisions(83, 180).

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Dentists consistently rank DOCS Education seminars among the best training opportunities out there.

"As a doctor who has countless hours of CE, the thing that impressed me most was not that the information was communicated in a fun and professional way, but that it was effectively communicated in a fun and professional way."

- Chad Latino, DDS

Sign up now and join the thousands of dentists who have already made oral sedation a successful part of their dental practice.

Note: Complete five hours of CE online before you attend. We'll send you a link when you register.

Live Patient Experience Requirements: If you are licensed in a state that requires one (CA) or three (ID, KY, ME, MO, NH, TX) live patient experiences, DOCS Members enjoy access to our Mentor Program, which assists in completing those requirements. In our Mentor Program, we will attempt to connect you with an experienced DOCS Member sedation dentist where you can observe your three live cases. (CA dentists are automatically registered for the single live patient experience). If you are licensed or intend to obtain your license in one of those states, consider becoming a DOCS Member to take advantage of this and other great privileges.

Even if you aren't licensed in one of those states, the LPE is an invaluable learning tool. You will observe firsthand THREE live oral sedation cases facilitated by a licensed local dentist and supervised by an IV-permitted DOCS faculty member. You will see and learn exactly how to implement oral sedation into your dental practice and begin offering this valuable service to your grateful patients right away. To register for the LPE please call 866-592-9618.

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    Learn to successfully treat adult patients of all ages

    Course Details

    Students in this 3-day sedation course gain valuable, targeted, clinically-relevant information that can quickly be put to use.

    Course Objectives: Overview

    • Seven areas you must know to confidently deliver oral sedation dentistry
    • Ten crucial skills for communicating with a sedated patient
    • Five keys to airway management (70, 86) with hands-on training
    • Advanced treatment planning for neglected mouths
    • Techniques to enhance the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen in combination with oral sedation (92, 110)
    • How to readily increase and decrease the level of sedation (83, 87)
    • Video patient experiences of sedation protocols
    • Vital equipment for sedation dentistry—what you do and don't need to ready your practice

    Day One

    • Serving the needs of patients with more than just Valium (145, 146)
    • Nine crucial safety provisions (80, 92) critical for both patient and practitioner
    • Five key airway management techniques
    • Methods to readily increase or decrease the level of sedation (83, 87)
    • Techniques to assess patient variability and ensure best drug choice (66, 69)
    • Interactive polling throughout the course to help you retain knowledge
    • Advanced treatment planning for neglected mouths
    • Procedures for assessing which patients are appropriate for sedation (101, 113)
    • How to use pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to select a drug that meets your individual patient's needs (97, 130)
    • What to look for, what to expect and how to adjust for the unusual

    Day Two

    • Traditional single-dose and new incremental-dose protocols (80)
    • An innovative (and stress-free) approach to learning pharmacology including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (11, 161)
    • Clinical staff training focuses upon proper documentation and patient monitoring before, during and after a sedation appointment (72)
    • Four simple, yet mandatory, dismissal criteria to help you stop worrying and ensure your patient is safe (87, 143)

    Day Three

    • How to achieve little or no postoperative discomfort for anxious patients
    • Methods to treat both common and challenging patients—you'll see 20 confidence-building case studies
    • Resources for maintaining up-to-date sedation information after the course
    • Vital equipment for sedation dentistry (as well as what you don't need) (118)
    • One essential monitoring instrument. See how easy it is to use—and how durable
    • Legal and regulatory topics
    • Ten crucial skills for communicating with a sedated patient

    See scientific articles and research about sedation dentistry.

  • Locations

    Schedule Information

    Date(s): 05/18/2018 – 05/20/2018
    Times: 7:30am-5pm
    Meals: Light Breakfast, Lunch

    Location Information

    Location: The Eaglewood Resort and Spa
    Closest Airport: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

    Hotel Information

    Hotel: The Eaglewood Resort and Spa
    1401 Nordic Road
    Itasca, IL 60143
    Phone: 877-285-6150

    Cost: $159/night + tax
    To claim group rate call, and mention “DOCS Education group rate” to a hotel reservation team. Group rate discount cut-off date of February 25th, 2018.

    What to do in the city:
    Want to know what there is to do in Chicago? Check out the Official Visitor Guide.

    Schedule Information

    Date(s): 03/02/2018 – 03/04/2018
    Times: 7:30am-5pm
    Meals: Light Breakfast, Lunch

    Location Information

    New York City, NY
    Closest Airport: La Guardia Airport (LGA)

    Hotel Information

    Hotel (Choice #1): The Marcel at Gramercy
    201 E 24th St
    New York, NY 10010
    Phone: 855-779-0220

    Rate: $139/night + tax
    Group rate discount cut-off date of February 14th, 2018.

    Hotel (Choice #2): ONE UN New York Hotel
    1 United Nations Plaza
    New York City, NY 10017
    Phone: 877-866-7529

    Rate: $189/night + tax
    Group rate discount cut-off date of February 8th, 2018.

    What to do in the city:
    Want to know what there is to do in New York City? Check out the Official Visitor Guide.

    Schedule Information

    Date(s): 02/23/2018 - 02/25/2018

    Times: 7:30am-5pm

    Meals: Lunch

    Location Information

    Location: San Francisco

    Closest Airport: San Francisco Airport (SFO)

    Hotel Information

    Hotel: Hotel Pullman, San Francisco Bay
    223 Twin Dolphin Dr.
    Redwood City, CA 94065
    Cost: $179/night
    Phone: (650) 598-9000

    Additional Information

    What to do in the city: Check out the Visitor's Bureau site.

  • Why should I bring my team? Do they need to be certified to offer oral sedation dentistry?

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

    "I brought some of the team with me, including two hygienists and our assistant manager—all of whom are extremely reluctant to try new things. I sat at lunch today listening with amazement as they told me what we need to do to implement this in our practice! Your enthusiasm is infectious, and I will be sending the rest of the team to this course!"

    - Karen Harriman, DDS

    Enroll your team today! Office managers and receptionists play a key role in calming nervous patients, the clinical staff must understand techniques and procedures, and hygenists will be key in effective patient followup. It's imperative every team member is knowledgeable about the process to better serve the patient and the dentist.

  • Economics of sedation

    Economics of sedation

    Incorporating sedation into your dental practice should not be taken lightly. It's an ongoing commitment by the doctor and staff to bring the safest and most effective care to their patients. By investing in your education, you're allowing yourself to provide a greater level and depth of care to your established patients, as well as opening the door to those normally too anxious or fearful to even book an appointment.

    With nearly 30 percent of the population avoiding dentistry due to fear and anxiety, the return on investment in education, training and equipment is quickly realized in just a few new patients. A large portion of sedation patients require extensive restorative treatment, allowing the utilization of oral sedation dentistry to perform more complex and traditionally lengthy procedures in a shorter amount of time. To really maximize your potential as a general practitioner, DOCS Education recommends the following additional areas of training: endodontics, implants, removable prosthodontics, fixed prosthodontics, occlusion or periodontics. Practices that have followed this simple path of investment in continuing education have been able to open their doors to the overwhelming masses and, through them, have found the rewards to be extraordinary.

  • Faculty

    Anthony Feck, DMD – Dr. Anthony S. Feck graduated with high distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry where he received numerous awards for scholastic excellence. Soon after his graduation in 1983, Dr. Feck was appointed Associate Professor of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry at his alma mater. He has been in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky since completing his education.

    Michael Silverman, DMD – Dr. Michael D. Silverman is a globally-recognized lecturer, educator, author and patients' rights advocate. He has appeared in front of 18 dental boards to advocate for the right of dentists to provide sedation in an environment of safe and reasonable regulations. Dr. Silverman is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the world’s oldest and largest honor society for dentists.

    Leslie Fang, MD, PhD – Dr. Leslie Shu-Tung Fang 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. At the same time, he also serves as a lead instructor at Harvard Medical School, and he has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

    Jerome Wellbrock, DMD, MAGD – Jerome P. Wellbrock, DMD, MAGD is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and the current owner of Northern Kentucky Dental Medicine, PLLC. He has been a member of the AGD and ADA for over 30 years and has held positions of president at the Northern Kentucky Dental Society and L.D. Pankey Study Club of Kentucky. Dr. Wellbrock is also a past vice president of the Kentucky Dental Association.

    Dianne Benedictson, DDS – Dr. Dianne Benedictson has been in the dental field for over 25 years. She has owned a private practice, instructed team and doctors at a nationally-recognized post-graduate training institute, served on the board of an international dental association, consulted in dental offices nationwide and lectured internationally. Now, she is in the process of earning yet another degree—a Doctorate of Philosophy.Dr. Benedictson has a passion for team training and empowerment. She believes that a strong, skilled team is an integral part of a successful practice.

  • Where can I meet requirements?

    To learn more about DOCS Education's wide range of courses visit our Continuing Education section or www.SedationRegulations.com, which lists the latest regulatory developments. We particularly encourage membership in DOCS Education, which offers round-the-clock personal attention from the nation's leading legal authority on dental regulations.

  • Who is DOCS Education?

    DOCS Education consists of over 3,000 members committed to offering safe dentistry to all patients, including those suffering from anxiety. DOCS Education graduates have safely treated over 2 million patients across the United States and Canada. Since it's estimated 30 percent of people fear the dentist, many individuals remain to be helped. That's why DOCS Education frequently updates its courses and information.