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The Center for Continuing Dental Education

Director: Michael E. Mermigas, BS Pharm, DDS, MaCSD

About the Center

The Center for Continuing Dental Education was established in 2003 to meet the educational needs of practicing dentists and their team members. Realizing a need in the dental profession for enrichment in the areas of pharmacotherapeutics, medical evaluation, pathophysiology, anxiety and pain control, the Center began offering courses in these disciplines.

In 2009, the Center began the "IV Sedation Certification Program for Dentists."Since then, many dentist from all over North America and internationally have been trained and certified in the safe use of intravenous moderate sedation.

The Center continues to offer multidisciplinary courses to help dentists elevate their level of knowledge and improve the care they deliver to their patients.

Course Offerings:

  • IV Sedation Mini-Residency Program: This is an intensive, multiple module, didactic/clinical training program that will enable the participant, upon successful completion, to obtain a permit to administer IV moderate sedation. The program meets or exceeds the "ADA Guidelines for Teaching Administration of Moderate Sedation."
  • IV Sedation Refresher Course: This is a review course intended to offer participants continuing dental education units towards re-licensure and for permit maintenance. Material presented includes latest developments in anesthesia and pain control, emergency management, and airway management, as well as a review of the fundamentals of sedation as it pertains to dental practice.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support: an American Heart Association-certified instructor teaches this course. It is suitable for initial as well as recurrent certification, and is presented with emphasis on the dental practice environment.
  • Incorporating Sedation into Your Dental Practice: An introductory course that presents the fundamentals of all sedation modalities and how they benefit patients and increase access to care.
  • Selected Topics of Interest for Dentists and Team Members: Multi-disciplinary courses pertinent to dental practice including: pharmacotherapeutics, medical evaluation, pathophysiology, anxiety and pain control and management of medical emergencies.
    • IV Sedation Mini-Residency Program

Tuition: $10,495.00
$500.00 discount if registered by February 10, 2014 for Spring Class

    • IV Sedation Refresher Course

Tuition: $995.00

    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support

Tuition: $495.00

    • Incorporating Sedation into Your Dental Practice

Tuition:Dentist  $99.00
Team: $59.00

    • Management of Medically Compromised Dental Patient

Tuition: Dentists: $149.00 
Team: $59.00



2013 - 2014 Schedules of Classes

2014 Dates Topic
April 10 - 13 and
May 1 - 4
IV Sedation Certification
May 9 Antibiotics, Local Anesthetics, Analgesia
May 16 - 17 IV Sedation Recertification/Refresher

October 16-19 and
November 13-16

IV Sedation Mini Residency Program

December 5 - 6

IV Sedation Refresher
To be added to our email list, or for more information, please contact:
  • C. Richard Bennett, DDS, PhD
  • Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology
    Dental Anesthesiologist
    Course Director

  • Michael E. Mermigas, BS Pharm, DDS, MaCSD
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
    Director of Continuing Dental Education

  • Mary Beth Heathcote, BS Pharm, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

  • Vincent Giannetti, PhD, MS, MSW
  • Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Clinical Psychologist

  • Frederick W. Fochtman, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    Forensic Toxicologist
    Director of Center for Forensic Science and Law

  • Pamela Wrobleski, CRNA MPM
  • Adjunct Instructor of Anesthesia Clinical Director

  • Nathan Smith, DMD
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
    Dental Anesthesiologist
    Clinical Director

  • R. John Brewer, NREMT-P ACLS/BLS Instructor