College of Dental Medicine Continuing Education

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(Reviewed: 11/2020; Expires 11/2023)

Course Description:

Medical emergencies can occur unexpectedly in the scope of any dental practice. This online course prepares dental clinicians to apply proper prevention techniques and recognize problems when they occur.

You will develop an understanding of the physiology behind the most common emergencies, then react accordingly with proper positioning of the patient, as well as pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of these emergencies.

This course utilizes strong visual aids and embedded videos to enhance the course material. Dental offices are encouraged to practice emergency scenarios on a regular basis as a method of applying the knowledge and skills acquired in the online course and to ensure the best possible care for their patients.

Author: Dr. Diana Folmsbee, DMD; Dr. Patricia Greene, DMD; Dr. David Lazarchik, DMD; Dr. Robert Hasel, DDS

CE Units: 6

Course Breakdown and Instructions:

Chapters and Topics

  • General Overview
  • Principles of Prevention
  • Organization of Emergency Equipment and Medications
  • Recognition and Stabilization: What to do first, Positioning, Calling 911; specific procedures for each medical emergency
  • Post Medical Emergency Protocol
  • The Dental Center Protocol and Equipment

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the careful review of a medical history can prevent future emergencies.
  • Know which emergencies occur most frequently, causes, as well as preventative measures.
  • Understand the physiology behind each emergency as well as typical signs and symptoms.
  • Know which primary medication should be given for each presented emergency as well as method of action, appropriate drug doses and precautions.
  • Know the specific sequence of events for each emergency presented including T.A.P. positioning of patient, medications to use, etc.
  • Identify conditions for which 911 must be called.
  • Know the location of vital emergency equipment as well as how to operate the equipment (e.g. oxygen tank).
  • Understand the presented protocol in regards to first, second and third responders, contacting 911 and completion of the medical emergency treatment record.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to study the material presented in the course presentation. This is a self-paced course that can be paused and returned to at a later time. Once you have reviewed the course presentation in its entirety, you will need to complete the final assessment below. Lastly, please make sure to submit the required course evaluation.

If you have any course-related questions please contact Your questions will be forwarded to the appropriate content expert and you will receive a response within 48 hours.


You must pass the final assessment with a score of 70% to receive CE credit. After the assessment has been submitted you will have the opportunity to review your incorrect answers.

Practice Assessment

Grading for this quiz does not count towards the final quiz grade. Multiple attempts to this assessment can be made.

Final Assessment

Be sure to complete the Medical Emergencies course presentation before attempting this assessment. You must pass the final assessment with a grade of 70% or higher in order to receive course credit. Multiple attempts of this assessment can be made.

Course Evaluation:

In order to receive CE credit, you must also complete the course evaluation survey.

For any course related inquires or if you experience any technical difficulties, please email