Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice: Are You Ready?

UCSF Nursing N-225

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This course is designed to help attendees become familiar with various aspects of common medical emergencies that can occur in a dental office. These include myocardial infarction, angina, asthma, allergic reactions, syncope, and hypoglycemia.
The first part of the course will provide up-to-date didactic information about the pathophysiology, prevention, and management of the aforementioned medical emergencies.

In the second part, attendees will have the opportunity for an interactive, hands-on participation in management of these medical emergencies in small groups—practitioners are encouraged to bring their entire team to this course. Training tutorials and various office forms will also be provided, including an interactive algorithm manual, medical emergency response form, and 911 call form, which will aid in continued office staff training.


  • Foundations to develop an effective emergency-preparedness for your office.
  • Provide algorithms and tutorials for the dentist to train the office team in effective management of medical emergencies.
  • Provide examples of staff job descriptions for management of medical emergencies.

Educational Objectives:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of the most common medical emergencies in a dental practice.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to manage the most common medical emergencies in a dental practice.
  • Identify patients most at risk for medical emergencies.
  • Design a plan for management of medical emergencies in your dental practice.

Intended Audience:
This course is designed for general dentists, dental specialists, and the entire dental team.


Richard C. Robert, DDS, MS
Chirag M. Patel, DMD, MD
Sampeter Odera, DMD, MD
Sohail Saghezchi, DDS, MD

CDE Coursework Units:
7 Category I Units

Dentist - $299
Auxiliary - $229
UCSF Faculty/Staff: Please call 415.514.0778.
Tuition includes continental breakfast, course materials, and parking.

Tuition refund, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be issued only for cancellations received in writing at least 3 business days prior to the start date of the course. No refunds will be issued for late cancellations or no-shows. We reserve the right to cancel any course due to circumstances beyond our control; under those circumstances we will refund all course fee payments. Please be aware that UCSF School of Dentistry CDE is not responsible for reimbursement of nonrefundable airline tickets or any other travel expenses in the event that a course is cancelled.

Directions to Lecture Hall N225:
Enter UCSF through the Medical Sciences building, up a short flight of stairs at 513 Parnassus Ave. A short way straight ahead down the main hall, you will see a large, open stairway.Climb these stairs and enter Saunders Court. The Nursing building lies in front of you; to your left you will see the Health Sciences West tower. Cross the courtyard and enter the Nursing building. You should see a cafe on your right as you come through the door. The N225 lecture hall is located to your left.

For more information please call our office at 415.514.0778.

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