Advanced Anesthesia Update I: A Review for Anesthesia Permit Renewal

Saturday, February 6, 2021

9:00 AM-2:30 PM Eastern


Live Webinar Online


Registration open through 2/5/2021 11:59 PM


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Anesthesia Permit Series

This course is the second of three Anesthesia Permit Renewal (five-hour) course offerings designed to provide the dentist with the requisite number of anesthesia-based continuing education credit hours necessary for maintenance of their Pennsylvania state-issued anesthesia permit.


A dentist possessing a permit must complete at least 15 credit hours of anesthesia-related CE during each continuing education cycle.

A dentist who does not possess an anesthesia permit, but opts to employ a permit holder for anesthesia services must receive 5 CE credit hours specific for anesthesiology. This course will meet that requirement. Please call the dental board for specific details.

Course Description


This course will cover four topics relevant to advanced anesthesia:


Anesthetic Management of Elderly Patients and Preoperative Risk Assessment


Overview: In 2011, the first members of the “boomer” generation reached age 65, and

by 2030 there will be 70 million Americans over the age of 65. By 2050, the life expectancy is projected to increase to 82.6 years. Along with this comes a variety of age-related comorbidities often requiring complex polypharmacy to regulate and control. For the anesthesia provider, it is important to recognize the changes in geriatric pharmacology and the impact upon anesthetic management of the elderly patient.


Objectives: Following this presentation, the participant will be able to:


discuss the syndromes related to aging

discuss the medical problems specific to aging

discuss the pharmacologic changes related to aging

discuss the altered anesthetic requirements of the elderly

develop a viable anesthetic management plan for the elderly



Rescuing Patients from the Perils of Deep Sedation, Bringing Them Back from the Precipice


Overview: Many anesthetic complications develop when the patient intentionally or unintentionally enters a state of deep sedation. These include significant respiratory and cardiovascular complications. Early recognition and management of the complications common to deep sedation is essential for safe outcomes.


Objectives: Following this presentation, the participant will be able to:


discuss the spectrum of pain control

discuss the drugs useful for deep sedation

identify the complications that may be associated with deep sedation

discuss the management of these complications



Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Overview: Obstructive sleep apnea is a rapidly growing diagnosis closely related to the growing obesity epidemic in the United States. This course will provide a review of obstructive sleep apnea, its prevalence and related health issues, and anesthetic considerations for safe management. Perianesthetic management for OSA patients will also be addressed.


Objectives: Following this presentation, the participant will be able to:


recognize the physical signs of OSA

identify the underlying systemic pathology associated with OSA

manage a patient with OSA successfully through treatment and recovery



Respiratory Monitoring and Airway Management


Overview: Anesthetic mishaps in the dental office most often are the result of an unrecognized, undiagnosed, or mismanaged airway compromise. Understanding the clinical signs of a compromised airway, and the nuances of pulse oximetry and end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring are essential to patient safety during sedation and anesthesia. This session will enable the attendee to interpret variations in monitoring parameters and respond appropriately using advanced airway management tools. Management of the difficult airway will be discussed as well as currently recommended airway rescue techniques.


Objectives: Following this presentation, the participant will be able to:


recognize the clinical signs of an airway obstruction

understand the technical function of a pulse oximeter and capnograph

learn and apply the difficult airway algorithm

describe the indication and use of various airway adjuncts

interpret pulse oximetry and capnography parameters



Joseph Giovannitti Jr., DMD
Professor and Chair, Department of Dental Anesthesiology and Director of Anesthesia, Center for Patients with Special Needs, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Paul J. Schwartz, DMD

Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Anesthesiology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh


Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM


Live Webinar Online


Tuition: Dentists - $195.
Credit: Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 5
Course #: 55521W
AGD Code: 340



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About Us

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine


The University of Pittsburgh is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

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The University of Pittsburgh designates this activity for the number of continuing education credits listed with each course summary.