Conscious Sedation and Other 4-Letter Words Part II


AGD Member:  $49* 

Student Member: $37.50*

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Croft, DDS

Non-Member:  $70

Credit Hours:  1.5

Subject Code: 340 – Anesthesia, Pain Mgmt, Sedation, Pharmacology

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Conscious sedation is as integral to dental vernacular as Novocain, laughing gas, silver fillings, caps, carpules and pulling teeth. While each of these other terms have clear alternatives, which are both more accurate and perhaps more professional, using the term “conscious sedation” has proven exceedingly consequential. “Conscious sedation” means very different things to various patients, dentists, staff, educational companies, and even various state and national regulatory agencies. While substitutions such as “Novocain” for “local anesthesia” or “caps” for “full coverage crowns” are of minimal consequence, replacing “conscious sedation” for more appropriate sedation terms can and has been a factor in successful litigation against dentists, harm to patients and even many deaths over many decades.

To discuss how this came to be this course lays out the evolution of sedation care in dentistry including traveling recreational drug performances, angry mobs, humbugs, clandestine executive yacht trips, GV Black’s contributions to sedation, patent disputes, secret plots to facilitate re-election of US presidents, and experimental cocaine use.

It also delves into the development of national/worldwide societies in anesthesia, ADA guidelines, AGD advocacy efforts, and the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists’ ongoing effort to open the floodgates in modernized sedation education for all dentists.

This course is significantly more valuable when taken as part of a 2-part series, dentists who enroll in either part 1 or part 2 will still find benefit.

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to discuss historical events central to the evolution of pain/anxiety management in dentistry
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the fundamental components of modern sedation guidelines and educational requirements

Dr. Croft is a specialist in Dental Anesthesiology and a diplomat of the American Dental Board of Anesthesia. He is also Director at Large for the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and the Dean of the Institute for the Management of Pain and Anxiety. ​

Before earning his DDS at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Dr. Croft graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah. He completed a hospital-based, CODA-accredited, residency in Dental Anesthesiology at the Stony Brook University Medical Center and is licensed to provide all levels of sedation/anesthesia.

During his residency Dr. Croft completed rotations in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Pediatric Medicine, Pain Management, Post-Anesthesia Care, Ambulatory Anesthesia and Office-Based Anesthesia. On a daily basis he anesthetized patients for medical and dental procedures across the spectrum of medical complexity, working in the main operating room, the emergency setting, and in private offices throughout New York. With this training Dr. Croft is uniquely prepared to provide anesthetics specifically in ambulatory settings like dental offices. ​

When there is time between chasing dreams with his wife Michelle and raising their five lively children, Dr. Croft can often be found trail running the back country of the rocky mountains.

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Time and Period of Availability for Internet Based Courses

Until review/expiration

Original Release Date

February 21, 2019

Expiration Date

February 20, 2022