Florida Dental Convention
Managing Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
Course code: C50
Start time: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 8:00 AM
End time: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 12:00 PM
Recommended Participants: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Laboratory Technician
CE Hours: 4.00

Speaker: Dr. Danielle Freburg-Hoffmeister, DDS, MD

About the speaker: Medical degree, University of Florida (UF); dental degree, University of Nebraska Medical Center; oral and maxillofacial surgeon, UF Academic Health Center; clinical assistant professor, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, UF College of Dentistry.

I nor any members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with any commercial entities that may be relevant during this presentation.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.


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Patient safety is an important issue not only for medicine, but also for dentistry. Dentists are frequently challenged by the medically compromised patients who present for treatment. Not only is it difficult to keep up with the medical knowledge necessary to understand the status of patients, but it's also sometimes difficult to decide which medical issues are important to their dental care. Since the medical status of the patient is an indicator of possible medical emergencies that could occur in the dental office, Dr. Freburg-Hoffmeister will attempt to break down the documentation of medical history to a practical and simple process with a primary goal of predicting, and therefore preventing, emergencies from occurring. Dr. Freburg-Hoffmeister will discuss some common emergency situations that can occur in the dental office, as well as emergency preparedness, and suggest practical ways the dentist and office staff can remain in a constant state of readiness. Since team function is an important aspect of emergency care, this course is appropriate for the entire dental team. This course satisfies the Florida Board of Dentistry's four-hour medical emergencies continuing education requirement to maintain a sedation permit.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • define medical risk assessment and learn its relevance to the dental patient and patient safety.
  • understand the stress reaction and how it affects dental patients.
  • identify red flags in the health history and determine whether it's safe to perform the planned procedure.
  • identify a number of medical emergencies that occur in the dental office and learn how to treat them.
  • understand the dentist’s role in maintaining a patient's airway and managing a compromised airway.
  • create emergency protocols for managing medical emergencies.
  • review the drugs and equipment that should be in the dental office.

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