Continuing Education: 10 Considerations of IV Sedation by Dr. Kenneth Polke

Dentaltown Magazine

An overview of bringing IV sedation into the practice, with an emphasis on anesthetic history and airway management protocols

by Kenneth J. Polke, DDS, FAGD, DICOI

Course description
This course identifies the advantages of offering IV sedation to the general public as a routine procedure in the general dental practice and highlights its benefits to the administering practitioner.

Rare is it to find a dental patient who does not have some type of apprehension toward an upcoming dental visit. Whether this apprehension ranges from a minimum nervousness to having a full-blown dental psychosis, the causes of these phobias are far too many to mention here.

It is estimated that this fear of the dentist afflicts 40–50 percent of the general public, and if the U.S. has an estimated 330 million people, then it is safe to say that millions of people are not seeking treatment until “it hurts.”

Whatever the reasons, it bears stating that there has got to be a better way for patient and doctor to survive these close, personal times together. This unfulfilled niche in the marketplace should represent a great growth opportunity for every doctor. IV sedation offers a myriad of benefits to these types of patients and their treating doctors alike. Regardless if it is the glowing songs of “not even remembering being in the dental office” or “that was the best dental visit ever,” these are hymns of praise from the typical IV-sedated patient.

Then, when you see new patients referred into your office as a result of these IV-sedated ambassadors of goodwill, the financial bottom line starts to look better and better every month.

Three root canals and three same-day crowns done all in six hours is a productive day—not to mention the additional IV-sedation fees.

The icing on the cake comes in the form of a less stressful office when comparing a one patient all-day visit versus a day of running around like a chicken with your head cut off, performing “drill ’em, fill ’em and bill ’em”-style dentistry.

Educational Objectives
1. Identify patients best served by IV sedation and distinguish those at high risk.
2. Understand the parameters and knowledge foundation needed to practice IV?sedation.
3. Know the history of sedation drugs, including current options and oral alternatives.
4. Understand current monitoring equipment and its usage in assessing patients.
5. Have a broader medical knowledge to apply to all patients.
6. Determine if IV sedation is a practical option for your practice.

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Author Bio
Author Dr. Kenneth J. Polke is a retired NFL quarterback and retired dentist. He is now a professional keynote speaker and author. Polke is a graduate of Case Western Reserve Dental School and University of Alabama IV Sedation Residency Program before teaming up with the Rocky Mountain Sedation Group and Sedation Consult as an adjunct clinical instructor. He’s also founder and CEO of The Polke Group, which is designed to help doctors through practice transitions, management and marketing. In addition, Polke provides professional transitions and brokerage services through Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions.


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