• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

3 Contact Hours

Author(s): John F. Kross, MSc, DMD
Peer Reviewer(s): Anders Nattestad, DDS, PhD
Item#: L0339
Contents: 1 Course Book (30 pages)
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Managing Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # L0339
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Original Release Date: April 27, 2011
Review Date: April 24, 2014
Expiration Date: April 24, 2017

As healthcare providers dental professionals must be prepared to recognize and properly manage patients who are experiencing medical emergencies in the dental office. This course identifies the general requirements and techniques for management of medical emergencies in the dental office. It describes the signs symptoms and management of common emergencies such as local anesthetic emergencies seizures respiratory distress including acute asthma and choking hypoglycemia cardiovascular problems in association with local anesthetics orthostatic hypotension drug allergy chest pain and other cardiopulmonary emergencies including cardiac arrest and the use of defibrillation. This course draws on the new 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR. 

AGD Subject Code: 142

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Fulfills the medical emergencies requirement in the following states: CT (DDS), FL (DDS with anesthesia permit), MN (DDS, RDH, RDA), OR (DDS & RDH), and VT (DDS, RDH, RDA).
Course Objectives
  • Describe how to prepare the dental office to manage medical emergency situations.
  • Describe the signs, symptoms, and management of common medical emergencies that occur in the dental office.
  • Identify the steps of basic life support.
John F. Kross, MSc, DMD, received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry Medical Center of Delaware. His professional training and experience includes practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and New London, Pennsylvania, and instructing students at Delaware Technical and Community College in oral pathology. He has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education courses for the past 15 years. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.
Anders Nattestad, DDS, PhD, is professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, in San Francisco, where he also heads their oral surgery clinic. Dr. Nattestad received his dental and doctorate degrees, and specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery from University of Copenhagen Dental School. He went on to become associate professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Copenhagen. He served as professor of clinical sciences and head of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the School of Dental Medicine at University of Nevada at Las Vegas from 2004-2007, prior to joining the faculty at University of the Pacific. Dr. Nattestad has held leadership positions in the Association for Dental Education in Europe and the American Dental Education Association. He serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Dental Education and has spoken internationally on topics of information technology and continuing dental education.

  • Courses must be completed within 1 year of the date of purchase or by the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.