Plans for the 7th Annual Sedation Safety Week were announced today, and Colorado dentists are expected to join with thousands of other oral health professionals from around the country in the effort to bolster patient safety and comfort.
Sedation Safety Week will be held nationwide the week of March 9, to coincide with the start of daylight savings time. For five consecutive days, Denver-area dentists and members of their staff will be asked to make a special commitment to freshen their training and participate in continuing education programs.
In an interview, Dr. Michael Silverman, founder and national chairman of Sedation Safety Week (SSW), explained, “Perpetual learning is more than advisable, it is an ethical imperative.” Dr. Silverman is one of the world’s leading educators of sedation dentists and a co-founder of DOCS Education. He has taught on multiple occasions in Colorado, where many area dentists have completed safety courses offered by DOCS Education.
“Each year the dental profession makes significant advances in our ability to safely, comfortably and effectively treat patients,” Dr. Silverman said in the interview. “All oral health professionals owe it to their patients to stay atop the learning curve,” he added.
Sedation dentistry has become the mainstream choice of fearful and anxious patients. In the U.S. alone, more than 90 million Americans suffer from some form of dental fear. SSW activities, which occur each year beginning the Monday after daylight savings time, are always free and open to all oral health professionals.
This year’s daily schedule is:
Learning Pathways – An exploration of the wide array of meaningful educational opportunities available to oral health professionals
2nd Annual DOCS Education Dental Safety Scholarship Awards – Up to five $1,000 educational scholarships will be provided to dentists working in the nonprofit sector, including the military
Sedation Safety Dentist of the Year Honors – A dentist who demonstrates a deep commitment to patient safety and comfort will be recognized.
Best Practices Using Capnography –Oral health teams will be provided the knowledge essential for utilizing this life-saving form of patient monitoring
2nd Annual Tooth Faire Open House – a joyful opportunity for dentists to open their doors to the community and help children form early, positive memories of visiting the dentist.
Dentists and other oral health professionals who are interested in participating in this year’s SSW, or learning more about safe sedation dentistry, should contact DOCS Education at 877-325-3627, or visit the SSW website at http://www.sedationsafetyweek.com.
“We can never let our guard down when it comes to the safety and comfort of all patients,” says Dr. Silverman, who originally launched SSW in March 2009.