An Intensive Course in Intravenous Conscious Sedation

January - December 2018

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Comments from Course Participants:

"Absolutely one of the best things I ever did. Dr. Getter and Dr. Ferguson were exceptional!"

 "The IV Sedation course has changed the way I practice dentistry forever!! The IV Sedation course is the best CE I have ever attended. The emergency training alone was worth the time. The sedation training was a bonus."

"This was an outstanding course and I was thoroughly impressed with the instructors. I was very confident in my abilities and knowledge after the completion of the course."


Overview From The Course Directors

This should be an intensive, informative and enjoyable educational experience for all of us. It never ceases to amaze us that we can learn so much from the CE participants. Most of you bring with you a great deal of clinical experience and practice management skills. We are looking forward to working and interacting with all of you. You will provide sedation, monitoring and if indicated, treatment of patients. You will start and you will place the IV catheter, administer the drugs and monitor the patients. 

We provide you with targeted direction throughout the course:

  • We will concentrate on preparing you for the type of examination you may be required to take to achieve your certification.
  • We will cover the office needs, training your staff and preparing for emergencies.
  • We will cover the more common emergencies that may be encountered.
  • We will role play the scenarios you may have to manage.
  • We will take you through mannequin simulation on an interactive mannequin for drug, sedation emergencies and airway management.

You will be given the sedation text, handouts and course presentations on a flash drive. You should bring a laptop with you capable of viewing PowerPoint Presentations. The laptop must be able to read power point presentations. The course will be on a flash drive which will include all the presentations and handouts.

Dr. H. W. Ferguson
Conscious Sedation CE course
Associate Professor Oral Surgery
Augusta University Dental College of Georgia


 Augusta University, Division of Professional and Community Education and Dental College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

This course is designed to prepare the dentist to incorporate the techniques of intravenous conscious sedation into the dental practice. To accommodate American Dental Association Guidelines, the course is designed to extend over ten days, with a total of 119.5 hours of continuing education credit: 64.5 hours of didactic instruction and 55 clinical hours.

At the conclusion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Be prepared for the type of examination required to achieve your certification.
  • Train office staff and prepare for office emergencies
  • Role play the scenarios you may have to manage.
  • Practice drug and sedation emergencies and airway management utilizing mannequin simulation.
  • Train on an IV simulator as well as administer patient sedations.
  • Provide sedation, monitoring and if indicated, treatment of patients.
  • Start and place the IV catheter, administer the appropriate drugs and monitor sedated patients.


1.The course is 119.5 credit hours. These credit hours include 64.5 credit hours of didactic instruction and 55 hours of clinical training. The clinical training occurs over ten days with clinical rotations in the oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic, the general practice residency clinic and pediatric dentistry clinic.

2.Participants will be required to successfully complete a written examination at the completion of the didactic portion of the course.

Each participant must hold a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree, be licensed to practice dentistry in your state and have malpractice insurance. Current Cardiac Life Support certification must be obtained by each participant prior to beginning the clinical portion of the course, and must have current BCLS card!


The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.  ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for   119.5  continuing education credits.  01/01/14 – 12/31/17

The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit.  The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/14 – 12/31/17. 


Henry W. Ferguson, DDS, Col. Ret., Vice Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of Post Graduate training, received his dental degree in 1980 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh PA. He entered active duty service with the United States Army Dental Corps and completed a residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon GA. Dr. Ferguson retired from active duty at the rank of Colonel in March 2004. In April 2004, Dr Ferguson received a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the MCG Medical Center Department of Surgery and the MCG Dental College of Georgia as an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Ferguson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a member of the ADA, a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the National Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

The registration fee for this course is $11,500. A $5,000 deposit will hold your place. The balance of $6,500 will be due the first day the course begins. The textbook, S. Malamed's Sedation, is included in this fee as well as some lunches. The fee (or your deposit), less a $300 administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received six weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Because of limited availability, there will be no refunds if you cancel less than two weeks before the course begins.

Note: During the clinical portion of the course (the last 5 days), the dentist may bring auxiliary personnel for that 5 day session at a cost of $1,250.00 per person. 

Due to the limited class size, please call the Division of Professional and Community Education at 706-721-3967 or 800-221-6437 if you are interested in registering for this course. 

Sessions will be held in the Dental College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia. We will send a map of the campus upon receipt of your registration.



Due to the demand and limited availability of spots for this course please keep the following in mind:

  • If the need to reschedule arises please contact us no later than 60 days in advance. If you reschedule less than 60 days out a fee of $1000 will be assessed. 
  • Our course is structured to meet the standards of the Georgia Board, and we have modified 2 clinical sessions to adhere to the Florida guidelines, but we recommend that everyone contact the board of dentistry in your state and confirm the requirements. 
    • If there are any forms that must be completed confirming your attendance, completion of clinical, etc. be sure to bring those with you. Dr. Ferguson will complete them before you leave
    •  If there are any special requirements for the clinical sessions (drug limitations, amount of patients, etc.) please notify me and I will confirm with Dr. Ferguson so that proper arrangements can be made prior to your clinical dates.
    • ALL special arrangements (i.e. forms, clinical requirements, etc.) must be made prior to your departure on your final clinical dayIf special arrangements (i.e. forms, clinical requirements, etc.)
       must be made after your departure an additional fee of no less than $2500 will be charged.

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting rooms and labs, individual comfort levels differ. Please bring a jacket or sweater in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

The Augusta University, Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please notify the conference coordinator with any special requirements at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at


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