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Dental Office Medical Emergencies, 5th ed.

No book can get you the right answers faster than this one!

Designed and written by dentists, there's never been a better organized book. With tabbed dividers for each type of emergency (eg, Loss of Consciousness, Respiratory Distress, Allergic/Drug Reactions, Chest Pain), it's the ideal reference for the entire dental staff. For each emergency, there's a list of symptoms at the top of the page, followed by treatment steps and signs of patient recovery or deterioration.

New to this edition:

  • Preprocedural Guidelines for Dental Patients
  • Frequently Asked Questions for Infective Endocarditis and Prosthetic Implants

There's not a redundant sentence or word in the whole book. Brilliant!

Note: This course offers credit to all licensees, including those with specific medical emergency education requirements (KY, OR, VT) and FL dentists with anesthesia-related permits (please specify when ordering).

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Dental Office Medical Emergencies, 5th ed.

About the Authors

Timothy F. Meiller, DDS, PhD, is Professor of Diagnostic Sciences and Pathology at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and Professor of Oncology in the Program of Oncology at the Greenbaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Dental and Graduate Schools, he is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, with over 200 publications to his credit.

Richard L. Wynn, BSPharm, PhD, is Professor of Pharmacology at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland at Baltimore. He has to his credit over 300 publications and has given over 500 continuing education seminars to dental professionals in the US and Canada.

Ann Marie McMullin, MD, is board certified in emergency medicine and is Associate Staff Member in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria. Dr. McMullin is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Cynthia R. Biron, RDH, EMT, MA, is chairperson of the Tallahassee Community College Dental Health Programs, where she also teaches clinical dental hygiene, medical emergencies, and allied health pharmacology. As a dental hygiene educator, she has taught continuing education courses throughout the US. She is also a regular contribuor to RDH magazine.

Harold L. Crossley, DDS, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore. A nationally and internationally recognized expert on street drugs, chemical dependency, and the clinical pharmacology of drugs, Dr. Crossley has taught and lectured throughout the United States and is an accomplished and much sought-after speaer on these topics.

Dental Office Medical Emergencies, 5th ed.

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Dental office drugs and tools for preventing and treating medical emergencies.
  2. Vital sign abnormalities and their possible indications.
  3. Actions to be taken by dentists, hygienists, or assistants when medical emergencies arise.
  4. Treatments recommended for specific medical emergencies.
  5. Drugs and medical conditions that can increase patients' risks of medical emergencies.
  6. Current recommendations on antibiotic prophylaxis and delivery of oxygen.

Dental Office Medical Emergencies, 5th ed.

Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

    History and Physical Examination
    Dental Office Emergency Drugs
    Emergency Cart Supplies
    Staff Training
    Measuring Vital Signs
    Blood Pressure
    Determining Blood Pressure by Auscultation
    CPR & Basic Life Support
    Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
    Emergency Drug Monographs
    Basic Action Plan for Stabilization
    Loss of Consciousness
    Syncope (Vasovagal Syncope or Simple Fainting)
    Postural (Orthostatic) Hypotension
    Hypoglycemia (Insulin Shock)
    Respiratory Distress
    Hyperventilation Syndrome
    Asthmatic Attack/Bronchospasm
    Airway Obstruction
    Chest Pain
    Angina Pectoris
    Acute Myocardial Infarction
    Allergic/Drug Reactions
    Urticaria or Pruritus
    Anaphylactic Shock
    Epinephrine Reaction
    Drug Overdoses
    Altered Sensations/Changes in Affect
    Stroke/Cerebrovascular Accident
    Seizure Disorders
    Panic Attack
    Management of Acute Bleeding
    Preprocedural Guidelines for Dental Patients
    Frequently Asked Questions for Infective Edocarditis and Prosthestic Implants
    Oxygen Delivery
    Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
    References and Selected Readings

Dental Office Medical Emergencies, 5th ed.


All dentists would like to avoid the problems associated with managing dental office medical emergencies. As practitioners, we cannot be certain that these situations will not occur. It is hoped that with preparation, most if not all dental office emergencies can be avoided. The best management of medical problems is always prevention. This text seeks to provide information to the practicing dentist and dental office personnel, so that prevention and management of office emergencies are an integral part of the normal operational knowledge base. The philosophy of this handbook is:

Preparedness of dental office personnel to take on the role of the first responder
Recognition of predisposing history/presenting signs and symptoms of an emergency
Action to stabilize, using basic life support techniques, and/or treat the patient
Yell for help by activating the Emergency Medical System (EMS) when necessary

The American Dental Association's publication on dental therapeutics describes the incidence of medical emergencies in the dental office. Most of the problems that the dentist encounters are not life-threatening, but any emergency can become serious if not properly managed. If the dentist and dental office personnel can identify the signs and symptoms of a developing potential office emergency, many emergencies can be aborted and treated within the dental office.

Occasionally, life-threatening office emergencies occur and it is incumbent upon the dentist to be well prepared, to not only evaluate, but to act to stabilize, activate EMS, and manage/refer these patients to an appropriate medical facility for more definitive emergency care.

It is the premise of this text that the dentist should be able to identify a developing problem and determine the need for assistance from emergency medical personnel. During that brief but vital time period, stabilization procedures are always the most appropriate care. This text is designed to assist in establishing basic office protocols for stabilization of any such patient. If the office is properly prepared, this book would not be needed during the actual emergency, but the protocols will have been committed to memory and it will be available should memory fail, and a quick reference is needed. Often, stabilization of the patient results in appropriate and adequate treatment, eliminating the patient's need to be transported to a medical facility. Having a sound knowledge base, the dentist can make this determination.

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