It was a pleasure to meet and speak with Dr. Mel Hawkins for this interview. Generously, he prepared these slides to tell our audience what his session on medical emergencies will be about during ASM 2017. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager
Dentists are treating an aging and pharmacologically drug dependent and ambulatory population. How can they be expected to respond/react to life-threatening situations when they “almost never occur” – or do they? Simplicity!
Practical equipment adjuncts, a few good drugs, “red flags,” and understanding vasoconstrictor interactions, local anesthetic maximum doses, especially related to pediatric dentistry will be assessed during the session.
The syncope algorithm is universally applicable to initially treating any and all emergencies.
The team approach is emphasized. Morbidity/mortality case reports and anecdotes, including situations encountered in over 40 years in dentistry, will cover dental office, family, neighborhood, shopping center and sports experiences.
- To triage the differences between true emergencies, urgencies, annoyances and non-events
- To comprehend the pharmacology of a very few drugs, including oxygen
- To assess case reports in the dental office and in day-to-day life
Dr. Hawkins’ session runs May 5, 2017: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Continuous 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Dr. Mel Hawkins, DDS, BSc AN, FADSA, DADBA
Mel Hawkins graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry with his DDS degree in 1973 and returned for his formal training in Dental Anesthesiology at the same University from 1975-1976. He is the Founding Director of the Intravenous Sedation Certification, Continuing Education Program in Canada at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. He has over 30 years of private practice experience in Toronto, Canada, with special emphasis on pain control and patient management and unique local anesthesia requirements for the dental patient. Mel has been lecturing throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia for over 40 years.
Dr. Hawkins is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiologists and is a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Hawkins holds honorary fellowships with the International College of Dentists and with the Pierre Fouchard International Academy.
Dr. Hawkins is an author, clinician and speaker on topics concerning sedation and pain free management of the dental patient and for eleven consecutive years from 2005-present has been recognized as a “Top 100 Clinician” and Annual Leader in CE by “Dentistry Today”.