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Lecture and ACLS Workshop
Wednesday - Sunday July 17 - 21, 2019

High-Fidelity Crisis Simulation & Live-Patient Experiences
Thursday - Sunday September 5 - 8, 2019
Friday - Sunday September 13 - 15, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm

SPEAKERS: James Tom, DDS, MS (Course Director), Kenneth K. Lee (Course Co-Director and Simulation Director), Michael Alanes, DDS, George Jaber, DDS, Ryan Wu, DDS

8 Per Day

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC is proud to offer to you this comprehensive adult parenteral moderate sedation course. The 2019 course expands its curriculum to include new drug regimens, advances in patient monitoring, and ACLS Certification. This intensive course consist of 12 days totaling 96 hours: 8 days of lectures and hands-on workshops, and 4 days of clinical patient interaction. Each clinical Saturday will be followed by 2 hours of debrief and classroom troubleshooting. The course meets (and exceeds) the educational requirements established by the ADA Guidelines and fulfills most state regulations for administration of IV moderate sedation to dental patients. Each didactic day begins with a pre-session knowledge assessment and concludes with a case-based group learning exercise. Participants will perform physical evaluation, take medical histories, outline an anesthetic plan, initiate and confirm intravenous access, administer and become competent in the titration of sedative medications, and perform dental procedures under close supervision of faculty who have had post-graduate training in dental anesthesiology. They will also receive over-the-shoulder demonstration of airway management in a live patient setting.


  • Patient evaluation, selection, and suitability for moderate sedation through medical history taking, physical diagnosis,  and psychological consideration.
  • The continuum of sedation and anesthesia, with particular emphasis upon monitoring levels of sedation and the  recognition of unintended deep sedation/general anesthesia.
  • Respiratory physiology, anatomy, and pathology.
  • Pharmacology of moderate sedation agents, adjunctive agents, and local anesthesia.
  • Drug interactions and contra-indications.
  • Indications and contraindications for the use of moderate sedation in an office-based setting.
  • Review of possible dental procedures done with moderate sedation.
  • Principles of patient monitoring.
  • Intravenous access, complications, and other routes of parenteral administration.
  • Moderate sedation treatment planning.
  • Prevention, recognition, and management of systemic complications of moderate sedation.
  • Recognition of sedation emergencies, emergency airway management,and patient rescue techniques.
  • Record keeping and medico-legal aspects of dental moderate sedation.
  • Abuse and diversion.
  • Live patient ventilation and clinical exposure to rescuing a  patient from unintended loss of consciousness.
  • Responsible opioid prescribing & post-operative pain management.


  • Advantages and disadvantages of moderate sedation.
  • Prevention, recognition, and management of complications associated with moderate sedation in an office-based setting.
  • Safe and effective administration of moderate sedation and selected drugs to patients in a clinical setting.
  • How to recognize abuse potential, occupational hazards, and other untoward effects of the agents utilized for moderate sedation.
  • Technique of intravenous access, intramuscular injection and other parenteral techniques.
  • Pharmacology of the drugs selected for administration.
  • Precautions, indications, contra-indications, and adverse reactions associated with the drugs selected.
  • Complications associated with techniques of moderate sedation.
  • How to prepare a protocol for management of emergencies in the dental office, and demonstrate understanding in usage of emergency drugs and equipment required for the prevention and management of emergency situations.
  • Principles of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).
  • Principles and certification in AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
  • How to manage an emergency situation.

For dentists intending to practice in the Canadian province of Alberta, this course offered by Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC is the ONLY approved course in the United States that allows participants to obtain a Modality 4F: Parenteral and Parenteral-like sedation permit from the Alberta Dental Association & College (ADA&C) without a Modality 4S permit. Alberta dentists, upon explicit written approval granted from the ADA&C, may take this course without the prerequisite of a Modality 4S permit and notify the course directors of their intentions prior to enrollment.

Didactic and lecture portions of the course will be held in the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry located at the University Park Campus of the University of Southern California. The clinical portion of the course will also be conducted in the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry patient treatment areas enabling all aspects of patient treatment from instrument sterilization to radiographic services.

Enrollment in this clinical course is limited to ensure an abundance of moderate sedation experience with high standards in patient safety. Participants MUST arrange for 2 dental auxiliaries to assist and learn the anesthesia care team concept, and participants will be REQUIRED to provide operational moderate sedation vital signs monitors for use with this course. This intensive course in parenteral moderate sedation will also require participants to perform dental procedures while simultaneously administering moderate sedation drugs with their anesthesia care team. Clinical days will extend late into each Sunday afternoon, and participants should not schedule for flights or other transportation that may limit time to complete clinical requirements.



  • Copy of your current CPR (BLS-HCP) certificate. (If yours has expired, please obtain a current card and submit the copy prior to the start of the course) Please note that ACLS certification (provided in the course) does not include BLS certification. BOTH certificates must be held for most licensing boards.
  • Copies of your assistants’ current CPR certification (2 assistants required)
  • Copy of your current Dental Licence and professional liability statement.

Prior to the start of the clinical sessions, you MUST:

  • Review two required textbooks
    • Sedation: A Guide to Patient Management, Edition 5, Stanley F. Malamed, CV Mosby 2009
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support: Provider Manual, American Heart Association. Sinx, Navarro, Soderberg, 2011
  • Obtain a patient monitor for use during the course. Be advised that a patient anesthesia monitor must contain the following
    • Pulse oximeter
    • Non-invasive blood pressure monitoring
    • Exhaled carbon dioxide monitoring ("end-tidal CO2")
  • Obtain a pre-tracheal stethoscope to aid in monitoring respiration and ventilation of your patient. Information and pricing for  the monitor and stethoscope can be obtained at: www.sedationresources.com or other suppliers.


  • Dentists



Lectures Only (Jul 17 - 21, 2019):
$1,595 or $395 Per Day (please specify day)

Complete Program:
Before/After Apr 1, 2019 $12,250/$13,000
(Fees include course material, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during breaks. Installment options up to 5 payments will be accepted, please call 213-821-2127 for details. Full course participants are required to bring 2 auxiliaries for the  last 2 weekends



University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

All speakers must disclose to the audience any proprietary, financial or other personal interest of any nature or kind, in any product, service, source and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith that will be discussed or considered during their presentation. The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC does not view the existence of these interests or uses as implying bias or decreasing the value to participants. The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, along with ADA CERP, feels that this disclosure is important for the participants to form their own judgment about each presentation.

Please be cautioned about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into your practice.


  • When

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Sunday, September 15, 2019
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
    925 W. 34th St.
    Los Angeles, California 90089

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