Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute

Methods of Adult Procedural Sedation for Dentists Course (MAPS-D)

Methods of Adult Procedural Sedation for Dentists

This exciting collaboration with the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto was developed to improve patient safety and care for practicing dentists, dental anesthesia specialists, and oral maxillo-facial surgeons. Currently, a significant skills gap exists for dental procedural sedation management, and for the maintenance of Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support skills.

Three areas of continuing faculty development have been identified: medical emergencies in the dental office, the standardization of procedural sedation in the dental office setting, and advanced high-fidelity simulation training for challenging head and neck regional anesthesia. Important accessory techniques for proper anesthesia and complications are also being incorporated into the course design.

SREMI has taken the lead as experts in emergency procedural sedation and high-fidelity simulation in developing these innovative programs to improve patient safety and care. A focused needs assessment survey is currently underway to identify learning needs and to ensure that the curriculum is customized to meet the specific needs of dentists.

The courses will be taught by an inter-disciplinary group of expert emergency physician and dental anesthesia specialists, with a focus on interprofessionally–based learning environments. MAPS-D will review current requirements and guidelines related to adult mild to moderate deep sedation, as well as checklist and implementation tools in the dental office setting. Course highlights will include a review of pharmacology and airway management issues related to dental practice. Proposed course launch date: Fall 2016.