- Continuing Education
- About Us
- Sedation Regulations
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Live Patient Experience(s) (LPE): If you are licensed in a state that requires one (CA) or three (ID, KY, LA, ME, MO, NC, NH, TX, VA) live patient experiences, please be sure you are appropriately registered with us to complete those requirements. (CA dentists are automatically registered for the live patient experience). If you might become licensed in one of those states, you should register for the LPE.
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
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?
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).
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: This course may also fulfill the regulations of your state. If you are a dentist licensed in California, plan to attend the upcoming Washington or California seminars and fulfill your state's live patient requirement.
Note: Complete five hours of CE online before you attend. We'll send you a link when you register.
Learn to successfully treat adult patients of all ages
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
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
Schedule InformationDate(s): 8/19/16 or 8/20/16
Location InformationLocation: Atlanta
Closest Airport: Atlanta International Airport
Hotel InformationInterContinental Buckhead
3315 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30326
What to do in the city:
Want to know what there is to do in Atlanta?
Check out the Visitor's Bureau site.
Schedule InformationDate(s): 9/30/2016 - 10/02/2016
Hotel: Renaissance Dallas Hotel
2222 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Cost: $129 (When booking, ask for the group rate for DOCS Education; special rate deadline Sept. 14)
Schedule InformationDate(s): 11/11/2016 - 11/13/2016
Location InformationLocation: Seattle
Closest Airport: Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Hotel InformationHotel: Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
What to do in the city:
Want to know what there is to do in Seattle? Check out the Visitor's Bureau site.
Schedule InformationDate(s): 2/17/2016 - 2/19/2016
Location InformationHotel:Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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
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.
Anthony S. 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.
As an established clinician, mentor, author, educator, and speaker, Dr. Feck's passions include practice building, dental technology, pharmacology, and sedation dentistry. Seeking a way to treat the startling number of people with dental phobia, fear, and anxiety, Dr. Feck co-founded the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, now known as DOCS Education, with Dr. Michael Silverman in 1999. As the Dean of Faculty, he has played a major 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.
An engaging international lecturer, Dr. Feck has been a featured speaker throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His well-known teaching and lecturing style blends humor with contagious passion. He's presented at local and state dental associations, as well as the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and been a featured speaker at MasterPlan Alliance retreats. Furthermore, he helped develop the "Leadership Challenge," a series of courses designed to teach leadership principles to dentists.
Additionally, his videotaped lectures, "Common Applications of the Intraoral Camera" and "Effective Utilization of the Intraoral Video Camera" are the most widely used tapes on the subject.
A passion for excellence and a strong business background lead Dr. Feck to found Sunrise Dental Solutions (SDS) in 2007, a business solutions and consulting firm that helps manage some of the most successful dental practices in North America. He has developed several models to assist dentists in their professional growth including "The Ultimate Team" series, "Own Your Market," and "Solution Yes."
Dr. Feck is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Osseointegration, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, as well as a charter member of the Crown Council. He has been published in several dental trade publications including AGD Impact, Dental Products Report, and Dental Economics.
Those who have met Dr. Feck know that his love of dentistry radiates through everything he does, from lecturing on oral sedation dentistry to teaching dentists how to better manage their practices. Dr. Feck resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Rebecca, and enjoys boating, reading, scuba-diving, and golfing.
Michael Silverman, DMD - President and Co-founder DOCS / International Lecturer
Dr. Michael D. Silverman is a globally-recognized dental innovator, educator, author, and advocate for patients' rights. He has changed the way thousands of dentists practice and continues to impact dentistry as a champion of safe and effective oral and IV sedation.
As a general dentist with over 24 years of experience, Dr. Silverman first began taking advanced courses in anesthesia and sedation after noticing how many of his patients exhibited dental fear and anxiety. Utilizing his training, he then began developing safe and effective oral sedation dentistry techniques and protocols. Seeing the tremendously positive impact sedation treatments had on his patients—and the incredible need throughout the U.S.—he joined forces with Dr. Anthony S. Feck to found the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, now DOCS Education, in 1999.
With the help of sedation dentistry, Dr. Silverman has restored the dental health of more than 2,750 high-anxiety, high-fear patients. As a faculty member and the President of DOCS Education, he has taught thousands of dentists and their teams how to safely implement sedation into their own practices.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and a passionate believer in lifelong Continuing Education (CE), Dr. Silverman has attended more than 850 hours of postdoctoral training and CE between 1985 and 2009. He also completed a mini-residency in IV sedation at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, NY.
Dr. Silverman lectures across the country on the methods, techniques, and power of sedation dentistry. He has presented at conferences for the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Yankee Dental Congress, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Association of Endodontists, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and many others.
Additionally, Dr. Silverman serves as a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and as a Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has been awarded a lifetime membership in the Crown Council.
His expertise on oral conscious sedation has been sought by over a dozen state dental boards. His works are published in Dental Economics, Woman Dentist Journal, Alpha Omegan, International Magazine of Oral Implantology, Dentistry Today, Dear Doctor, and the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, among others.
Dr. Silverman's extensive dental background and entrepreneurial spirit led to the development of two additional dental-focused companies: RAMP, the world's largest full-service dental advertising agency, and b2d Marketing, a rapidly growing dental and medical marketing company. He currently serves as the President of both organizations.
Dr. Silverman resides in Seattle, WA, where he enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid outdoorsman with interests in rock climbing, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and skiing.
Leslie Fang, MD, PhD
Dr. Leslie Shu-Tung Fang is a world-renowned physician, educator, businessman, and speaker. Board certified in both Nephrology and Internal Medicine, Dr. Fang received his PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois and his Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital where he served as Chief Medical Resident. He also completed fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. At Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Fang served as Chief of the Walter Bauer Firm and Clinical Director of the Governing Board of the Medical Services Associates. He has been repeatedly honored as one of "America's Top Doctors" and "The Best Doctors of Boston."
While maintaining an active practice in internal medicine and nephrology in Boston, Dr. Fang also serves as a lead instructor at Harvard Medical School. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and chairs the Medical Internship Selection Committee at Massachusetts General Hospital which helps build relationships between medical students and the hospital.
As an active businessman, Dr. Fang's associations include: FerruMax, Protocare, Catalyst, Exit Strategy, Physician Dynamics, MEDAcorp, Biolink, Alphaport, Channel Three, LVI Global, and SpectraMed among many others.
Widely respected in the medical, dental, and academic communities, Dr. Fang is frequently a featured speaker at medical and dental conferences. He has authored several medical texts, teaching series, and reference manuals, including Oral Medicine Secrets and two editions of Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine. His co-authored interactive DVD from the EndoMagic Interactive Teaching Series "Antibiotics in Dentistry" has received significant acclaim. Other award-winning works include Ultimate Cheat Sheets: Practical Guide for the Dentist, The Ultimate Basic Drug Kit, and The Ultimate Advanced Drug Kit for Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, which was named Educational Product of the Year by Clinicians Reportâ„¢ in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Fang also was named in the "Top 100 Clinicians in Continuing Education" by Dentistry Today in 2008.
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 Sedation Update: Continuing Certification.
Dr. Tim Modic
A dentist in Mechanicsville MD, received his bachelor of science from Xavier University, following it with a degree in dental surgery from Case Western University School of Dentistry and a dental residency with the U.S. Army in Ft. Jackson South Carolina. Beyond being a Mechanicsville MD dentist, Dr. Tim Modic has served as a member of the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, where he served as Chairperson of the Case Resolutions Committee, Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Dental Examiners, Chairperson of the Selection Committee, and President of the Board. Dr. Modic continues to serve as an examiner for the North East Regional Board. This board presents and oversees the examination process that a dentist must pass to be able to receive a license to practice in Maryland.
Dr. Richard W. Gesker
A graduate of Temple University's School of Dentistry and School of Business, Dr. Gesker started his career as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Dental Corps. He joined Mary's Center in early 2010 after four years in the military and three years in private practice. He is responsible for delivering high-quality dental care and maintaining the care delivery and management model for all administrative and clinical staff. He enjoys coordinating care between general dentists and specialists, but takes most pleasure in delivering same-day immediate care. His commitment to continuing education is supplemented by the various federal and private research projects he oversees.
Dr. Gary Imm
A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary R Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services in the Baltimore Metropolitan region. A graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore Dental School, where he earned a doctorate of dental surgery in 1982, Dr Imm then returned to become an Assistant Clinical Professor until 1999. He has been published in many well-respected dental and medical publications over the years and continues an active coaching practice helping other dentists succeed. An active member of his church, Dr Imm enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and gardening. He and his wife of 24 years and their daughters live in the Westminster, Maryland area.
Dr. Jerome Wellbrock
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. Dr. Wellbrock is a faculty member with DOCS Education, functioning as the Live Patient Experience Director. Dr. Wellbrock is the founding member of the Northern Kentucky University Alumni Association (formerly Northern Kentucky State College). Passionate about giving back to his community, Dr. Wellbrock has volunteered with the Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corp. He is also the past president and Director Emeritus of the Rosdale Manor Nursing home, and has serced of the Board of Directors for over 15 year.
Dr. Terry M. Gordon
Dr. Terence M. Gordon received his dental degree from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1970. Following graduation, he practiced general dentistry in London, England for two years and in Johannesburg, South Africa for five years. He then returned to further his education in endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his specialty training in 1979. He spent time as an Assistant Professor at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio from 1979 to 1984. He has still remained a Clinical Associate Professor with UTHSC since 1984. He also served as a Clinical Associate Professor with the UT Dental Branch in Houston from 1988 to 1994. He served as President of the Southwest Society of Endodontics (94-95) and the Houston Academy of Endodontists (87-88). He maintains membership with the AAE, ADA, TDA, GHDS, HAE, and the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.
Dr. Howard Ngo
Dr. Ngo is a Fairfax-area native. He attended J.E.B. Stuart High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Virginia Tech and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery, cum laude, from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. He completed his General Practice Residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina.
Dr. Justin Neibauer
Dr. Justin Neibauer grew up in Waldorf, Maryland. Traveling to Cameroon Africa with his family, Dr. Neibauer was exposed to the true art of caring for people by watching his father engage in dental mission work. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Columbia Union College. While transitioning into dental school, Dr. Neibauer worked at the National Institutes of Health, researching salivary gland development. Dr. Neibauer graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in the top of his class. He earned continuing education certificates in neuromuscular occlusion, esthetic inlays and onlays, bonding, CEREC, and is certified in Invisalign. He is certified for treatment of minor to moderate orthodontic problems. Dr. Neibauer is a member of the ADA, VDA and IOA dental organizations. He is currently working on his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Gopal Pal
Dr. G. S. Pal has more than three decades of dental practice experience from both public and private sectors. He completed his DDS from the University of Calcutta and a Master of Science in Pedodontics from the University of Iowa. He then became a clinical instructor at Georgetown University Dental School, Department of Pedodontics (1968-1969) and later an associate professor at Howard University School of Dentistry (1978-1981). Dr. Pal established his family dental practice in Annandale, Virginia in 1974.
Steven C. Jackson, D.D.S., P.C
Dr. Jackson graduated from George Mason University in 1979 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. From there, he went on to study at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, commencing in 1984. Dr. Jackson established his own practice in Manassas, Virginia in 1985, a practice he has maintained to this day. Dr. Jackson has been an active participant in DOCS Education, taking his first course in 2000 and receiving his DALS certificate in 2012.
Dr. J.C. Wolfe
Dr. J.C. Wolfe graduated from Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1993 and continued into his General Practice Residency from 1993-1995. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Wolfe began private practice. In 1997 he opened a brand new practice in Charlottesville Virginia and in 1998 bought a practice in Staunton Virginia where his wife Melissa, who graduated from Dental School in 1993, now works as the sole practitioner. Dr. Wolfe began implementing sedation dentistry in his practice in October of 2000. In October of 2001 Dr. Wolfe became a fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. His desire to help patients through their dental anxiety and phobias and become an integral part of improving their overall health is one of the many reasons for his success.
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.
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.