Saturday Session, 1–5 p.m.
Program Track: Periodontal-Systemic Relationships
Moderator: Robert L. Merin
Speaker: Kenneth L. Reed
Sedation in dentistry is a rapidly evolving field. Drugs and medications used in the past may have been superseded by more efficacious, more appropriate and safer drugs today. A classic example of course is diazepam that has mostly been replaced by midazolam, but there are many other drugs that have not yet become popular but are very good alternatives to drugs routinely used in periodontics. These medications will be discussed in-depth including their indications, contraindications, side effects, pharmacokinetics, and best clinical uses.
• List the “traditional” sedative agents used in sedation.
• Discuss alternative agents used in sedation.
• Explain the rationale for the use of various adjunctive agents in sedation.