Policies, Politics and Guidelines: Update for Pediatric Sedation and Anesthesia

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Original Release Date: November 16, 2021

Expiration Date: November 16, 2022

VDA/VAPD Members
- $99 be sure to use the promo code SEDATION to receive your member discount (membership verification required)

Non-Members - $199

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Credits: 4

Course Description (Lecture Style Webinar)
This 4-hour course satisfies the CE requirement for sedation permit holders. The course reviews the updates and changes in professional guidelines that began in 2016 and continue as a response to safety concerns with sedation and anesthesia in the dental office. We will review the source of the public's concern and review the evidence (or lack thereof). Additionally, we will review the guidelines fo the various professional organizations. Through this review, we will look at the evidence based for guidelines and help the practitioner navigate and understand what practices have been supported by evidence or root cause analysis. Included in this discussion will be the use of checklists and systems to improve safety in sedation. 

1. To review the growing political and public concerns regarding anesthesia in dental offices, and why it matters.  
2. To review the evidence base (or lack thereof) of safety in pediatric sedation and anesthesia in the dental office.  
3. To review the updated guidelines on sedation and anesthesia for pediatric patients from the various professional organizations.   
4. To review recent political propositions and actions that have been taken in various states across the US. 
5. To review evidence base and guidelines that improve patient safety.


Dr. Jonathan Wong

Dr. Wong is a Dentist Anesthesiologist with extensive postgraduate hospital training in delivering dentistry, oral surgery, and anesthesia. He graduated with honors, receiving his Bachelor’s of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Southern Illinois University. He completed his General Practice Residency/Hospital Dentistry training at Saint John’s Mercy Medical Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. Dr. Wong then completed two years of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and anesthesia training at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. After realizing the importance of anesthesia in providing safe and comfortable dental care, he completed his residency and was appointed as Chief Resident at Stony Brook Medical Center in New York. Here, he provided sedation and general anesthesia to children and adults undergoing medical and dental procedures, both in and out of the hospital.

Dr. Wong maintains certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He is a Diplomate of both the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, and a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Wong lectures both locally and nationally to other dentists and healthcare professionals on anesthesia safety. He volunteers with Chesapeake Care Clinic and Mission of Mercy. He is also an affiliate instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Wong currently works in private practice at Coastal Pediatric Dental and Anesthesia in Norfolk, VA. 

Additional Resources:
  1. ASA Practice Guidelines for Sedation and Analgesia by non-anesthesiologists
  2. AAPD: Guidelines for Monitoring and Management of Pediatric Patients Before, During, and After Sedation

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Jonathan Wong and the VDA Team do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations to disclose relating to the content of this presentation.

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