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Management of Pediatric Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

Course Number: 391

Emergency Treatment

The following steps are taken for all emergencies:

  • Discontinue dental treatment

  • Activate the office emergency system

  • Call for assistance

  • The oxygen and emergency drug kit are brought to the site of the emergency

  • Attend to the patient

  • Position the patient to ensure an open and unobstructed airway

  • Monitor vital signs

  • Support respiration and circulation

  • Provide definitive treatment

  • Notify 911 if it is determined to be needed2

The following sections will discuss the definitive treatment for the most popular emergencies encountered in the dental office.