What’s the Scenario? A Guided Path of Medical Emergencies in a Dental Setting

Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


During this lecture, Dr. Tom will present the most commonly encountered medical emergencies in dental offices and discuss practical and efficient methods to recognize, diagnose, refer or possibly treat conditions such as: shortness of breath, chest pain, altered consciousness/loss of consciousness, swallowing/aspirating a foreign object, rapid heartbeat, shakiness and unconsciousness.


Basic physiology for underlying conditions and presentations will be discussed along with the appropriate and contemporary interventions needed by dental professionals to handle such emergencies in a dental office setting. Participants will be guided through problem-solving scenarios as an exercise to stimulate critical thinking.


Additionally, participants will be able to prepare themselves and their staff members to adequately manage medical emergencies effectively and promptly in a dental office setting. Old recommendations and directives will be challenged with new evidence and case-based scenarios that include optimizing the dental chair for basic life support, removing ammonia inhalants from the medical emergency kit, pulse oximetry and AED uses and effective mask ventilation for rescue breathing. Both general practitioners and specialists will find the problem-based medical emergency “walk-throughs” useful for their practices.


You Will Learn

  • To recognize common patient complaints that indicate an impending medical emergency
  • To prepare yourself, your staff and your surroundings to manage medical emergencies
  • To understand evidence-based therapies used to treat common medical emergencies outside of a hospital setting
  • To implement strategies within your practice to prevent or minimize medical emergencies
  • To employ contemporary monitoring and rescue aids (i.e. pulse oximetry, automatic external defibrillators, glucometers and newer drug therapies) that are in alignment with emergency medical services and emergency room physicians


Who Should Attend

This informative course is intended for dentists, specialists and allied dental professionals working in private practice settings.

About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



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CE Credit

CEU: Units - 6

This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $325 for Dentists, $215 for Allied Dental Professionals

*Program includes lunch and morning coffee/tea service.


James Tom DDS, MS, is chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine at the USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. He formerly served as president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists during the American Dental Association’s recognition of the new specialty in 2019, and also served on the Commission on Dental Accreditation as the dental anesthesiologist to write educational standards for training. He has authored numerous guidelines for professional anesthesiology and dental organizations, and he serves as a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics on dental anesthesiology.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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