Pediatric Sedation Outside of The Operating Room | September 9-10, 2023
Course Description
We are excited to be going to New York City, NY for the 19th annual conference taking place from September 9-10, 2023. Please note, the live in-person conference lectures will not be recorded nor available online. All options include a comprehensive, state-of-the-art syllabus with internationally renowned speakers.

This course is intended to improve learner competence and performance by offering a comprehensive review of sedation, from the basics to evolving and state-of-the art practice (i.e. knowledge). Being prepared for rare and unanticipated emergencies as well as for the more common adverse events, the learner will be equipped to improve patient outcomes. The aim of this conference is to increase the participant’s breadth of knowledge of pediatric sedation and elaborate on ways to improve and track patient outcomes. Recognized leaders from multi-specialties will offer national and international perspectives.
Target Audience
This 19th annual multi-specialty conference is intended for physicians, dentists, registered nurses, CRNAs, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, and health care administrators. Specialties include: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, pediatrics, and intensive care medicine. Pediatric dentists, general dentists, dentist anesthesiologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons as well as anesthesia care team members providing sedation and/or anesthesia care in dental office-based settings.  
Course Objectives
  1. Recall and apply current recommendations regarding minimal, moderate and deep sedation.
  2. Evaluate the pharmacology and clinical application of commonly utilized sedatives and weigh the advantages, disadvantages, efficacy and adverse events associated with each option.
  3. Apply sedation concepts learned to evaluate complex and challenging sedation scenarios and formulate a plan.
  4. Provide a comprehensive review of the patient pre-sedation assessment necessary to identify appropriate candidates for procedural sedation.
  5. Implement recommended physiologic monitoring, including capnography, used to continuously assess patient status and to identify acute changes.
  6. Assess post-sedation readiness for discharge by applying standardized discharge criteria.
  7. Objectively consider sedative options based on patient condition, length and depth of targeted sedation and procedure to be performed.
  8. Employ non-pharmacologic techniques and strategies to minimize sedatives administered and improve the patient experience.
  9. Anticipate and prepare for sedation-related adverse events and perform rescue.
  10. Analyze recent changes in guidelines, regulations, policies and future developments in sedation systems and their impact on patient care.
Workshop Descriptions

Airway Management: A Lecture and Hands-On Workshop for Basic and Advanced Airway Management Skills (Mask Ventilation, LMA and Endotracheal Intubation)

Workshop Director: Jennifer Dearden, MD
This workshop emphasizes airway assessment , decision-making and management. Our goal is to enable participants to manage any airway obstruction which they may encounter in their practice of medicine or dentistry. Our “practice-changing” program offers various hands-on stations which shall reinforce learning with diagrams, pictorials and videos. There will be ample practice time with a variety of airway equipment, taught by our expert airway faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Small faculty-to-student ratio
  • Neonatal, Pediatric and Adult Mannequins available
  • Identify airway landmarks and associated anomalies, and their impact on ventilation
  • Learn simple bag mask ventilation Incorporate airway maneuvers and positioning tactics, to enhance oxygenation
  • Apply airway adjuncts to alleviate obstruction Understand CPAP/Bipap
  • Learn to predict a difficult airway and prevent a failed airway
  • Integrate guidelines into practice when managing the pediatric airway


  • Normal versus Abnormal airway anatomy
  • Bag Mask Ventilation (methods for opening the airway, performing external laryngeal manipulation, insertion of airway adjuncts)
  • Supraglottic Devices (LMA, Air-Q, ProSeal, Unique) Nasal/Oral Intubation
  • Videolaryngoscopes (McGrath, AirTraq, CMAC & Glidescope)
  • Fiberoptic Options

Hands-On Magic Workshop: Hocus Pocus Anxiolysis!

Workshop Director: Kevin Spencer, PhD, M.Ed., BS

The MAGIC THERAPY workshop empowers healthcare professionals with a valuable new tool for distraction and anxiolysis. This approach has demonstrated positive results in the reduction of anxiety, building rapport and trust, increasing environmental mastery, providing opportunities for choice and autonomy, and improving affect and self-concept. This workshop is a “hands-on, interactive learning experience” so come prepared to wave a wand and create a little magic!


Hands on Virtual Reality Workshop- It’s Too Real To Be Believed!

Workshop Director: Hunter Hoffman, PhD
Hunter Hoffman, a pioneer of VR therapy, the co-originator of Virtual Reality analgesia and designer of SnowWorld, will show you examples of VR goggles currently available and affordable, and easy to use, and will briefly discuss what is on the near horizon.

Each attendee will get to try several interesting immersive therapeutic virtual reality experiences including
a) the illusion of presence in VR (“being there” in the 3D computer generated world),
b) the illusion of embodiment of an avatar (cyberhands that you control with your own hands),
c) SnowCanyon pain distraction for patients that need to stay still during the procedure,
d) Mindfulness River (for patients that need to stay still during the procedure), and
e) 360 videos seen in the VR goggles, custom designed to educate patients and staff.

No previous video game or VR experience is required of attendees. This hands on workshop will be a relaxed and friendly interactive environment with emphasis on VR demos, but incorporating time for questions and discussion and for brainstorming with attendees about how health care providers can use VR during sedation outside of the operation room to make medical procedures less painful, less scary and more fun (e.g., during IV placement, MRI scans, dental procedures, and beyond). VR is a powerful non-pharmacologic analgesic and anxiolytic. Used in addition to traditional sedation, VR may improve patient cooperation, and could potentially reduce adverse events and pediatric toxicity (e.g., by reducing the level of sedation required by some patients). VR analgesia has been shown to reduce pain during a wide range of medical procedures, and fMRI brain scans show VR reduces pain-related brain activity. VR is now affordable. Give it a go!