RDA/RDH Pediatric Oral Sedation Training Course

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Our comprehensive dental assistant & hygienist PEDIATRIC sedation course, taught by a board certified anesthesiologist and pediatric dentist produces a safe, confident and well prepared sedation assistant for pediatric sedation dentistry.  Our pediatric sedation course analyzes pediatric anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology and applies it to sedation dentistry. The diligent monitoring required for pediatric patients is reviewed with techniques presented by an anesthesiologist with years of pediatric sedation experience. Pediatric specific sedation protocols are applied with live case simulation.

  • Pediatric anatomy & physiology
  • Pediatric sedation protocols
  • Pediatric patient selection
  • Live and simulated cases
  • Pediatric patient monitoring
  • Pediatric airway management
  • Pediatric emergency protocols
  • PALS review
  • Pediatric discharge criteria
  • New pediatric oral sedation protocols that are safe and well established with clinical data are introduced.
  • Sedation assistant specific training manuals are written by field experts with years of pediatric dental sedation experience.
  • Individual airway management specific to sedation assistants is taught INDIVIDUALLY by a board certified anesthesiologist.
  • Secure access to your printable certificate, education history, and training material is provided on our website.

The core of our teaching is based on a safe and effective oral dental sedation training program.  To effectively train sedation assistants to become a safe and strong team member, the course develops the sedation assistant’s understanding of the following critical areas:

  • Pediatric pharmacology and physiology
  • Pediatric patient selection
  • Pediatric emergency response
  • Pediatric monitoring
  • Pediatric airway management
  • Pediatric discharge
  • Live case simulation

Providing thorough training in these important areas produces a safe and successful assistant for pediatric dental sedation. To ensure individual instruction, we keep course volumes low.  The ADMA training model has Q&A periods after every topic. Here is why we thoroughly train in the areas listed:


Understanding why a pediatric patient unpredictably responds to sedation develops a hypervigilant sedation assistant.  Training on pediatric airway management with live simulation develops confidence and proficiency with team members.


Understanding which pediatric patients you SHOULD NOT SEDATE keeps patients safe and protects your dental practice.


Monitoring the patient during your case avoids disasters. Training with a Board Certified Anesthesiologist (someone who has dedicated their entire career to sedation) teaches early recognition of complications and develops sedation assistants that are very safe.  Sedation assistants learn that pediatric vital signs can change to dangerous levels quickly.  The ADMA trains every assistant how to monitor sedated children on a breath by breath basis.


The pediatric airway is difficult by definition.  Therefore it is critical that every assistant becomes proficient in supporting a dentist with pediatric airway management.  All of our sedation assistants are trained individually and become confident in airway management.  Everyone becomes proficient in supporting the dentist’s use of an Ambu Bag, Oral Airway, and Laryngeal Mask airway (LMA).  We allow our clients to intubate on a simulator.  Learning to intubate visually highlights the components of airway anatomy that cause obstruction.


Case scenarios are outlined and presented from the most common occurrence to the least common.  These emergencies are also presented with the simulator.


Knowing when you should allow a sedated pediatric patient to go home is the safety net for any dental office.  As long as patients are sent home in a safe state, pediatric oral sedation in the office is very safe and beneficial for children.