Live Patient Dental IV Moderate Sedation Training Course


Training Course located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Western Surgical and Sedation offers an affordable and comprehensive Dental IV Sedation Training Course (parenteral moderate sedation). Our IV course follows the objectives and content recommended by the American Dental Association Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students.

Dr. Heath Hendrickson, Course Director, has attended/performed over 40,000 sedation procedures in his private practice.

Our goal is to augment your knowledge base and skill set in order for you to be able to competently perform moderate IV sedation in your dental practice. Our course will provide you with the necessary training to obtain board approval in your state for Moderate IV Sedation. Because of stricter licensing laws, we are unable to license you in the following states: Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Wyoming, and Washington DC.

Call (385) 202-3630 for questions or to register by phone.

Live Patient Dental IV Moderate Sedation Training Course 2023 Schedule

  • Next Course Dates: January 16-21, 2024


Western Surgical and Sedation offers affordable and comprehensive Dental IV Sedation Training Course (parenteral moderate sedation). Our IV course follows the objectives and content recommended by the American Dental Association Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students.

WSS will train you to SAFELY and confidently provide moderate sedation for your patients. This is accomplished through lecture, demonstration, simulation, and live patient sedation. The course provides a minimum of 60 hours of didactic instruction (20 hours of on-line), plus the management of at least 20 patients by the intravenous route per participant. This course emphasizes real-world clinical scenarios and patient safety.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be presented with the required training materials to submit to your state dental board for the acquisition of your moderate sedation permit.

Course Schedule - Salt Lake City, Utah


Hours DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
8-12 Hendrickson Hendrickson Fagin/Johnson Fagin/Johnson
12-1 lunch lunch lunch lunch
1-5 Hendrickson Hendrickson Hendrickson/Fagin/Johnson/Hendrickson Hendrickson/Fagin/Johnson/Hendrickson
5-7 Dinner Hendrickson Hendrickson Centore IV Sedation Review
Office Evaluation Prep



Hours DAY 5 DAY 6
8-1 Patient Sedation Patient Sedation
1-2 lunch lunch
2-7 Patient Sedation Patient Sedation
7-9 This time allotted to more patients as needed


Course Objectives

Upon completion of a course in moderate sedation, the dentist must be able to:

  1. List and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of moderate sedation.
  2. Discuss the prevention, recognition and management of complications associated with moderate sedation.
  3. Administer moderate sedation to patients in a clinical setting in a safe and effective manner.
  4. Discuss the abuse potential, occupational hazards and other untoward effects of the agents utilized to achieve moderate sedation.
  5. Describe and demonstrate the technique of intravenous access, intramuscular injection and other parenteral techniques.
  6. Discuss the pharmacology of the drug(s) selected for administration.
  7. Discuss the precautions, indications, contraindications and adverse reactions associated with the drug(s) selected.
  8. Administer the selected drug(s) to dental patients in a clinical setting in a safe and effective manner.
  9. List the complications associated with techniques of moderate sedation.
  10. Describe a protocol for management of emergencies in the dental office and list and discuss the emergency drugs and equipment required for the prevention and management of emergency situations.
  11. Discuss principles of advanced cardiac life support or an appropriate dental sedation/ anesthesia emergency course.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to manage emergency situations.
  13. Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and treat emergencies related to the next deeper level of anesthesia than intended.

Course Content

  1. Historical, philosophical and psychological aspects of anxiety and pain control.
  2. Patient evaluation and selection through review of medical history taking, physical diagnosis, and psychological considerations.
  3. Use of patient history and examination for ASA classification, risk assessment, and pre-procedure fasting instructions.
  4. Definitions and descriptions of physiological and psychological aspects of anxiety and pain.
  5. Description of the sedation anesthesia continuum, with special emphasis on the distinction between the conscious and the unconscious state.
  6. Review of adult respiratory and circulatory physiology and related anatomy.
  7. Pharmacology of local anesthetics and agents used in moderate sedation, including drug interactions and contraindications.
  8. Indications and contraindications for use of moderate sedation.
  9. Review of dental procedures possible under moderate sedation.
  10. Patient monitoring using observation and monitoring equipment, with particular attention to vital signs, ventilation/breathing and reflexes related to consciousness.
  11. Maintaining proper records with accurate chart entries recording medical history, physical examination, informed consent, time-oriented anesthesia record, including the name of all drugs administered including local anesthetics, doses, and monitored physiological parameters.
  12. Prevention, recognition, and management of complications and emergencies.
  13. Description, maintenance and use of moderate sedation monitors and equipment.
  14. Discussion of abuse potential.
  15. Intravenous access: anatomy, equipment and technique.
  16. Prevention, recognition, and management of complications of venipuncture and other parenteral techniques.
  17. Description and rationale for the technique to be employed.
  18. Prevention, recognition, and management of systemic complications of moderate sedation, with particular attention to airway maintenance and support of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.


The course will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Our IV course follows the objectives and content recommended by the American Dental Association Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students. However, CHECK YOUR INDIVIDUAL STATE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS, some states requirements exceed the ADA Guidelines. For example, Missouri requires an anesthesia residency, Nevada requires course offered in CODA programs, Illinois requires 75 hours. WSS has trained dentists that are now permitted in 24 states. However, state regulations change frequently.

*WSS moderate sedation position statement

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Western Surgical and Sedation (WSS) reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course, modify the announced course content, limit enrollment, or change the location, time, date, or speakers due to unforeseen circumstances. Examples of circumstances that could cause course cancellation include; weather, natural disasters, medical conditions, government regulations, facility availability, and dental board restrictions. WSS is not responsible for the refund of any part of the course fee as a result of emergencies, unforeseen circumstances, or events beyond its control. In the event that WSS cancels a program, the registrant will receive a refund or credit toward another continuing education course.

Full refunds will be made when a WSS course is canceled and is no longer available or a dentist provides documentation proving that they no longer practice dentistry. Western Surgical’s Liability is for the course fee only is not responsible for any other costs incurred.

Attendees who have registered for a course and are unable to attend will receive credit for the next available course provided their space can be filled.

WSS courses may include controversial materials. WSS acknowledges that there is a potential risk to participants using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into their practices. WSS assumes no responsibility and cannot be held liable for the clinical diagnosis or treatment of any individual patient.

Dr. John Brady Yuba City, CA

“You can walk out of here and say this is something I can do, I am not worried like I was when I first came in. This course is everything I hoped it would be so that I can get out of here and not be like, ‘Wow, this is still to big for me.’ And it isn’t, they have broken it down so simple, makes it easy, everybody can do it. It is a simple technique and very, very safe. It is fantastic.”

Dr. Daniel Binkowski Story City, IA

“If you are not doing wisdom teeth, I would encourage you to come and take this course, because I think you would be surprised what you can do with a little bit of training. A lot of the cases you are sending out you can easily do yourself. The first case they gave me after some instruction I think I did in about half the time I normally do….It has been a great experience, absolutely great!”

Dr. Nelson Nuñez, Texarkana, TX

“I would say, if you want to learn the right and the safe way to give IV sedation to your patients, understanding the parameters, learning the medication that you are using and how to use them correctly and safely for all your patients; this is the course to take.”t!”