Surgical Tip of the Week #28

Surgical Tip of the Week #28 Sedation Emergencies 5. EMESIS AND ASPIRATION Emesis is possible following the administration of sedative drugs including nitrous oxide. Although, aspiration of vomitus is unlikely when airway protective reflexes are intact, dentists...

Surgical Tip of the Week #27

Surgical Tip of the Week #27 Sedation Emergencies 4. BRONCHOSPASM Bronchospasm is a lower airway obstruction resulting from contraction or spasm of bronchial smooth muscle. Laryngeal edema is a common characteristic. Bronchospasm can result from an anaphylactic...

Surgical Tip of the Week #26

Surgical Tip of the Week #26 Sedation Emergencies 3. ALLERGIC REACTION It’s not uncommon for a patient’s medical history to list adverse drug reactions. Histories of compromised airway or difficulty breathing should be taken seriously. These reports indicate severe...

Surgical Tip of the Week #25

Surgical Tip of the Week #25 Sedation Emergencies 2. RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION Respiratory depression must be distinguished from airway obstruction. The risk of respiratory depression is low with moderate sedation when compared to anatomical airway obstruction (tongue,...

Surgical Tip of the Week #24

Surgical Tip of the Week #24 Sedation Emergencies 1. AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION Airway obstruction can be mechanical or pathological. Upper airway obstruction is caused by anatomical structures or foreign materials. The most common upper airway obstruction is the tongue....

Surgical Tip of the Week #23

Surgical Tip of the Week #23 The Sedation Continuum The concept of sedation as a continuum is the foundation of patient safety. Sedation is a continuum of levels of sedation from fully consciousness to unconsciousness (general anesthesia). General Analgesia A...