Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 15, 2014
Each spring, DOCS Education holds Sedation Safety Week (SSW) – a week dedicated to advancing safety, reviewing protocols and educating doctors about new and important guidelines to effectively treat their patients using oral conscious sedation. Starting Monday, March 17th, SedationSafetyWeek.com will be posting daily content designed to allow sedation dentistry practices to review their current protocols and take part in a national discussion about safety in the dental office.
In conjunction with this year’s SSW, $5000 in educational scholarships will be awarded to dentists who work in the non-profit sector to facilitate their ability to receive advanced training in pediatric safety. This scholarship will be awarded to five different recipients who will be chosen from a pool of candidates nominated by their peers and announced at the conclusion of SSW on Friday, March 21. Those scholarships can be applied to the DOCS Education’s Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course, a modified advanced cardiac life support course specially designed for pediatric patients.
If you would like to nominate a dentist for this scholarship please email their name, their contact information and a brief one to two sentence explanation as to why you believe your choice should be the recipient of a scholarship. Send your nominations to Nominations(at)SedationSafetyWeek(dot)com.
In addition to the educational scholarships, SSW will be releasing safety checklists, a FAQ for parents and patients, a review of the new event “The Tooth Faire” and announcing the winner of Pediatric Sedation Dentist of the Year. All dentists and their staff are encouraged to visit SedationSafetyWeek.com each day of the event to find the latest information and announcements.
By 2020 children under the age of 18 will make up 25% of the American population. And the CDC states that caries are “the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years.” DOCS Education believes that the safest way to treat this new influx of patients is with dentists trained in oral conscious sedation, adhering to the strictest of safety standards and medication protocols.
The appropriate use of sedation on children is a process that requires specialized training and continuing education. When dentists follow the protocols established by DOCS Education and standards recommended by the American Dental Association, sedation dentistry has consistently allowed dentists to deliver a broad range of oral health care to children and teens with unmatched safety and comfort.
Children and adolescents who enjoy a positive experience at the dentist, even when they require extensive treatments, grow up to regard going to the dentist as a positive experience.
Dentists and other oral health professionals who are interested in participating in this year’s SSW, or learning more about safe sedation dentistry, may contact DOCS Education at 877-571-5331, or visit the SSW website at http://www.SedationSafetyWeek.com.