Online: Medical Emergencies 2020 Update Course

This is a self-paced online CE course.


Course Synopsis:

Medical emergencies can and do occur in dental practices every day. Over the next fifteen years the segment of the population at highest risk for medical emergencies, those 65 and older, will become a larger percentage of our patients. The entire dental team must be prepared to recognize and respond to a variety of medical emergencies that could be precipitated by the stress of the dental environment. This course will discuss the diagnosis, prevention, and management of common medical emergencies that might occur in dental offices. This course is appropriate for the entire dental team and meets the medical emergency education requirement of the Oregon Board of Dentistry for license renewal and anesthesia permits.

Educational Objectives:


  1. Participants will be able to identify those at increased risk for specific medical emergencies.
  2. Participants will be able to diagnose the common medical emergencies based on the signs and symptoms demonstrated by a patient.
  3. Participants will develop a rational approach to the management of medical emergencies in general as well as the specific protocols for managing each medical emergency discussed.
  4. Participants will be able to identify modifiable risk factors for medical emergencies and understand methods to prevent their occurrence in the dental environment.


Dr. Beadnell was raised in Oregon and received his undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. In 1980, he achieved his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. Following his dental education, Dr. Beadnell served for 4 years as a practicing general dentist in the United States Air Force. He completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1988 at David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force base in California. Dr. Beadnell served three years on staff in the oral and maxillofacial surgery department while in the United States Air Force at Scott AFB, Illinois, a regional medical center that gave him a wide range of experience in all aspects of oral surgery. After serving 11 years in the USAF, Dr. Beadnell began his private oral surgery practice in Portland, Oregon, in 1991. In addition to his private practice, he also works as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at OHSU, working with dental students and oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. Dr. Beadnell actively pursues continuing education courses and has lectured extensively to various dental groups throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is an active member in several local and state dental and oral and maxillofacial surgery organizations. He is a past president of the Oregon Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Western Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the OHSU School of Dentistry Alumni Association.

Oregon Health & Science University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 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.



$179 per participant

Target Audience

This course is designed for any dental healthcare professional

Continuing Education

Online: Hours - 4

How To Attend

You can join this self-paced program from anywhere using a computer with a high-speed internet connection. You may also access this course on a mobile device with high-speed internet. We recommend Google Chrome browsers.


Once you register and pay you will be sent a link to the online course. You can view the course video at your own pace. Once you have viewed the entire video you will be prompted to take the exam.


The exam will instantly let you know if you passed or failed the test.


Upon completion of the course and a passing grade, you will be sent a course evaluation and a CE verification.



Course Expiration

This course is valid from 8/20/2019 through 12/31/2022. Per ADA CERP standards.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or are having technical difficulties please contact the Continuing Dental Education Department for more information:

If you have specific questions for the course instructor you can send her an email at

  • Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the OHSU Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.