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2024 Fall Sedation CE


Respiratory Depression and Distress in Procedural Sedation – From Pathophysiology to Rescue


Friday, September 20, 2024, Austin, Texas

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central Time)

Austin Central Library
710 W Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701



Bobby Thikkurissy is Professor and Robert Creedon Chief of Dentistry, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

He obtained his DDS from New York University, an AEGD certificate from Wright Patterson AFB, and his certificate/Masters from The Ohio State University, additionally serving 8 years in the United States Air Force. Bobby became a Diplomate of the ABPD and entered full-time academics in 2006. He has served as Directors of a predoctoral program, in-patient service and a residency programs.

He has taught in the AAPD Sedation course since 2011 and has Chaired the AAPD Sedation committee as well as served on the ADA Council of Dental Education. His research and publications have focused on; procedural sedation, children with special needs, and morbidity of pain in children. 


Respiratory Depression and Distress in Procedural Sedation – From Pathophysiology to Rescue


Course Description

During procedural sedation, one of the most significant adverse outcomes is respiratory depression and resulting distress. This talk with go from a developmental focus of the pediatric airway through pharmacokinetics with common sedative agents through concepts of rescue. Additional discussion will be on mitigation strategies for complications associated with respiratory depression and distress.

Course Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand why the pediatric airway is developmentally at greater risk for Respiratory Depression (RD) than adult during sedation
  2. Learn to recognize the hallmark physical signs of RD
  3. Understand the pharmacokinetics of RD in procedural sedation
  4. Be able to rescue an airway in RD


8:00 – 9:30  Global overview: Procedural Sedation in 2024

9:30 – 10:45  Developmental Airway in Pediatrics

10:45 – BREAK

11:00 – 12:15  Safety Strategies to protect the Airway

12:15 – LUNCH

12:45 – 2:30  Pharmacokinetics and Respiratory issues

2:30 – 4:00 The Compromised Airway – Emergencies

4:00 BREAK

4:15 – 5:00 Question & Answers