Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

Presented by: Dr. Daniel Haas

RCDSO Expiry Date: March 31, 2026

To qualify as a Core Category 1 course, the course certificate must be issued no later than this date.

RCDSO CE Points: 6, Category 1

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  • Dr. Daniel Haas DDS, PhD, FRCD(C)

    Professor and Dean at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

    Dr. Daniel Haas, DDS, PhD, FRCD(C), is Professor and Dean at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. He holds the Arthur Zwingenberger Decanal Chair and has a cross-appointment with the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine. He was the 2004 recipient of the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology. He received the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education in 2005. He received the 2007 Heidbrink award from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology for outstanding contributions to anesthesia in dentistry, and the 2010 Leonard Monheim award from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists for outstanding contributions to anesthesiology benefiting the dental profession, being the first Canadian to win either of these last 2 awards. He has lectured internationally on the subjects of pharmacology, anesthesia, and medical emergencies in dentistry.

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A medical emergency can occur in any dental office; when this happens our goal is to manage the patient until they recover or until help arrives. Preparation is the key to successful management. This course outlines steps to take to prevent emergencies from occurring and outlines the basic principles that apply when they arise.

  • Prevention of emergencies will be discussed by reviewing relevant drug interactions and the management of medically compromised patients.
  • Emergency equipment and the pharmacology of resuscitative drugs will be reviewed.
  • Protocols for specific emergencies, such as anaphylaxis, cardiovascular emergencies, respiratory emergencies, and local anesthetic toxicity, among others, will also be presented.


Please note the there is an update with respect to the management of a myocardial infarction (MI), which has not yet been incorporated into this presentation. The use of morphine has been removed as an optional drug for an MI, and that the use of oxygen is equivocal for an MI. Please note this when viewing the presentation.

IMPORTANT: This course does not qualify as a prerequisite for the Oral Sedation & Nitrous Oxide Sedation course with Dr. Daniel Haas. You must register for one of the Medical Emergencies courses offered by the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry Continuing Education Department to meet the registration requirements.