Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Sedation Emergencies in the Dental Office

What Can (and has) Gone Wrong

March 7th, Austin, J-Prime
March 8th Houston, Steak 48

Dr Hector


Dr. Hector Vila received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1989 and completed a 3-year residency in Anesthesia at the University of South Florida, where he received 12 months of advanced training in Pediatric Anesthesia. At graduation he was the recipient of the Dripps Award for outstanding resident. He was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1994.
Dr. Hector Vila is nationally renowned for his work to improve the quality of care in ambulatory and office based anesthesia. He was lead author of the study, “A Comparative Outcomes Analysis of Procedures Performed in Physician Offices and Ambulatory Surgery Centers”. Abstracts of this study received international awards and attracted national media attention. He was quoted in US News and World Report, CNN, Good Morning America, and numerous other media. He is considered an expert in the area of patient safety. Dr. Vila was appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine in 2016 where he still serves.

Course Description

Dental visits still remain anxiety-inducing experiences for some patients. Sedation is often an adjunct to treatment whether conscious sedation, IV sedation, or even General Anesthesia. This heightened anxiety level can increase the risk of medical emergencies occurring during appointments. This CE will review emergencies to promote the determination of the many causes. Highlighted will be the prevention of medical emergencies by the use of appropriate assessment procedures prior to treatment. The importance of preparing and maintaining an adequate medical emergency kit will be emphasized.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this CE, the participant will:
⦁ Understand the causes of medical emergencies
⦁ Identify essential emergency equipment for the emergency cart
⦁ Understand the importance of current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
⦁ Recognize the symptoms of several medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office
⦁ Explain the emergency procedure to be followed for several medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office

Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider approved by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at www.ada.org/cerp.
*Changes / Cancellations / Refund Requests: must be submitted in writing and received in the FAPD office on or before March 5, 2023
** has no relevant financial relationships to disclose
Members of the CE planning committee have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.