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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Stewart Bergman, DDS, MS
Peer Reviewer(s): Hana K. Sadi, BDS, DMD, MSc
Item#: L0792
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)
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Management of Medical Emergencies: An Update, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # L0792
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Release Date: November 2, 2013

Review Date: November 25, 2016

Expiration Date: November 24, 2019


The 21st century will be characterized by major shifts in the age and health of the U.S. population. Approximately 14.5% of the U.S. population is age 65 or older and this percentage is increasing. More than one third of this population reports some type of disability or disease, including Type 2 diabetes mellitus which is associated with accelerated macrovascular and microvascular diseases and a much greater risk of myocardial infarction or stroke.

In addition to the increased risks associated with the elderly population, we are also seeing a significant increase in the incidence of asthma and atopic disease, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus and the incidence of obesity in children and young adults.

As a result of these changes in the age and health of the U.S. population, emergent events are likely to increase in the dental office. It is essential that dental professionals be prepared to manage medical emergencies effectively and efficiently.

This basic-level course details the three major components of managing medical emergencies in the dental office: prevention, recognition, and treatment. Appropriate for all dental professionals, the course discusses the importance of obtaining a thorough medical history of each patient as well as the need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of life-threatening emergencies. The symptoms and treatment for patients with inadequate blood flow to the brain, inadequate delivery of oxygen to the brain, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and allergic reactions are described.



Fulfills the medical emergencies requirement in the following states: CT (DDS), MN (DDS, RDH, RDA), OR (DDS & RDH), and VT (DDS, RDH, RDA).


AGD Subject Code: 142

Course Objectives

  • Explain the importance of taking a thorough medical history in preventing a medical emergency.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of a potential life-threatening emergency.
  • Describe the symptoms and treatment necessary for the patient with impaired blood flow and/or oxygenation to the brain.
  • Describe the symptoms and treatment necessary for the patient with hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia.
  • Describe the symptoms and treatment necessary for the patient with hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism.
  • Describe the symptoms and treatment necessary for the patient suffering from an allergic reaction.


Stewart Bergman, DDS, MS, received his DDS degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn (SUNY Downstate). An oral and maxillofacial surgeon, he maintained a private practice for more than 40 years in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Bergman was formerly a professor and vice chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.


Hana K. Sadi, BDS, DMD, MSc, is an assistant professor in the Public Health and Community Service Department at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She also serves as the associate General Practice Residency (GPR) program director. Dr. Sadi received her bachelor of dental surgery degree from the University of Jordan – Faculty of Dentistry in 2004. She completed a 2-year GPR residency from 2005 to 2007 and a 1-year fellowship in general dentistry in 2008, both at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Sadi received a master’s degree in dental research and a DMD from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Sadi has researched medical emergencies in the dental setting and coauthored an article on the subject that was published in two journals in 2015 and 2016.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.