Continuing Education


Sedation Techniques for the Dental Office: Minimal Enteral Sedation

Get your Minimal Sedation permit today!


Instructor: James Rutkowski, DMD, PhD

Date/Time:Friday, Aug 14, 2015: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Credits: 25 Combination Credit Hours
Tuition: $1,695.00
Location: OHSU/OAGD Continuing Dental Education Department
2730 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97201

This high energy/interactive lecture and hands-on participation course is designed for those practitioners who desire to meet state dental board’s requirements for administering oral and/or nitrous oxide sedation to the dental patient. This is a three day how to course that prepares both the dentist to comprehend and apply the benefits of oral/inhalation sedation within the dental office setting and to effectively deal with medical emergencies in the dental office for sedated and non-sedated patients.


  • Adult and pediatric anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and central nervous systems
  • Learn the pharmacological effects of drugs
  • Methods of obtaining a medical history and conducting an appropriate physical examination and applying those methods clinically in order to obtain an accurate evaluation
  • How to use patient information clinically for ASA classification and risk assessment
  • Know how to choose the most appropriate technique for the individual patient
  • How to use appropriate physiologic monitoring equipment
  • Describe the physiologic responses that are consistent with minimal sedation
  • Understand the sedation/general anesthesia continuum

Speaker: Dr. James L. Rutkowski received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Duquesne University in 1972, his D.M.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1976, and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Duquesne University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2008. Dr. Rutkowski maintains a general dental practice in Clarion, Pennsylvania that focuses on treating the apprehensive/medically-compromised patient and utilizing oral, inhalation, and intravenous sedation techniques for patient management. Dr. Rutkowski is also President/CEO of the Clarion Research Group that performs translational research for bone growth and salivary diagnostics, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral Implantology and a Diplomate/Past-President of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID). He lectures nationally and internationally on pharmacology, sedation techniques and bone grafting as it applies to implant dentistry.