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Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: Why CPR is NOT Enough with Dr. Larry Sangrik (Hands-On)

February 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


February 27
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Medical emergencies occurring during dental treatment are frightening not only for the patient but also everyone on the dental team. This course, which is ideal for the doctor and the entire staff, combines a lecture with a series of challenging exercises to help insure a thorough, coordinated response is provided.

Presenter: Larry J Sangrik, DDS
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022
Time8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: 1060 Main Street, Suite 201, River Edge, NJ 07661

CE Credits: 8
AGD Code: 142
Subject: Electives Participation
​*Boxed lunch included

Spotlight Testimonial:

"Dr. Sangrik is an excellent speaker. Going through the scenarios of a medical emergency has taught me the importance of having a proper emergency protocol with staff."

-Ms. June Solari, River Edge, NJ

Course Description:

Risk Factors predict that medical emergencies are increasing in frequency, intensity and diversity.

Medical emergencies occurring in the dental office can be stressful and frightening for both the patient and entire dental team. Participants will develop strategies to prevent, identify and respond to a wide range of medical crises. Emphasis will be placed on preparing the dental team to minimize the impact of such an event. This course is ideal for the entire dental team to attend together. By doing so, dental teams develop a coordinated response.

Successfully managing a medical emergency is significantly different from knowing about medical emergencies.

Hands-On Participation Workshop

Most of the afternoon is PARTICIPATORY and includes a guided discussion that is Socratic in nature.  Attendees will be immersed in a series of challenges that emphasize three main points:

  • An exercise to emphasize the effect stress plays on the dental team’s response.
  • An exercise to insure the team can deliver oxygen and medications effectively.
  • A series of exercises (case studies) to help the doctor direct the team while simultaneously addressing the emergency.

An extensive handout is provided which can be condensed into a comprehensive chair-side manual with appropriate protocols for responding to most emergencies.

Recognize the symptoms and respond appropriately to a patient experiencing any of the following:

  • Syncope
  • Angina
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Hyperventilation
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Diabetic Reactions
  • Epilepsy or seizure
  • Bleeding disorders

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to capture a quality medical history that is both current and up to date
  • Realize the importance of pre-assigned medical emergency response duties for each team member
  • Understand how to maintain a patent airway and provide oxygen for both breathing and non-breathing patients
  • Recognize the use of various medications in the emergency drug kit
  • Establish protocols for the 12 most common medical emergencies
  • Develop a response manual for chairside reference during a medical emergency

This course is recommended for the General Dentist and Specialist, Clinical Staff and Business Team

Please note that course tuition includes the cost of all hands-on materials.

About the Speaker

Larry J. Sangrik, DDS

Dr. Larry Sangrik

Larry J. Sangrik, DDS is a 1979 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.  He completed the intravenous sedation program at Miami Valley Hospital of Dayton, Ohio and the comprehensive externship at Midwest Implant Institute.  Having volunteered on the Chardon Fire/Rescue Department, he has personally managed most medical crises, from childbirth to open heart massage.

Active in organized dentistry, Dr. Sangrik has long held numerous positions at the local and state levels.  He also has served as a consultant to the Ohio State Dental Board on a task force concerning the use of oral sedation.

Since 1999 Dr. Sangrik is a well-known national dental CE lecturer. His lecture topics include preparing for medical emergencies in the dental office, understanding dental fear, use of conscious sedation in dentistry and patient monitoring.

He has been a featured speaker at two American Dental Association Annual Sessions.  He has also lectured at the Hinman Dental Meeting of Atlanta, the Greater New York Dental Convention, the Yankee Dental Congress, the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, the Star of the North Dental Meeting, the Western Regional Dental Convention and five US dental schools.   Additionally, he has addressed numerous state or regional dental conventions from Maine to Arizona. Having been named as one of the nation’s leader’s in dental continuing education for over ten consecutive years, Dr. Sangrik has written for Dentistry Today, Dental Economics and Dental Practice Success on the topics of medical emergencies and dental fear. In 2018 he published a research paper on behalf of the American Association of Dental Boards assessing patient expectations of dental teams during a medical emergency.

Recently, Dr. Sangrik developed and authored a 4-part video and workbook for the American Dental Association on medical emergency preparedness released in January 2019.

Dr. Sangrik maintains a full-time general practice in his hometown of Chardon, Ohio with an emphasis on the treatment of apprehensive patients with IV sedation.  He and his wife live in Chardon and have two adult children, John and Amber.


"Dr. Sangrik is excellent, he is very knowledgeable and molds your interest for the many hours"

Ms. Patricia Marrone, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

"Dr. Sangrik was very informative. I enjoyed the course entirely"

Dr. Parissa Yazdanpanah, Pennington, NJ

"Excellent presentation. Presenter had thorough knowledge of material and presented it in an easy-to-understand manner."

Dr. Harvey Winter, Albany, NY

"Excellent! Very informative and thorough. Wonderfully prepared, enjoyable to listen and interact with."

Ms. Dina Wilson, Paramus, NJ

"The information was great and I appreciated the interactive nature of the presentation.  It helped me evaluate my thought process and retain the material better.  I was impressed at how engaged the class was as well. As I drive a couple of hours to attend the class, I liked that I got my full 8 hours worth of learning for the day. All in all, a wonderful learning experience!"

Dr. Fred Lally, Tunkhannock, PA

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