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Connecticut’s Opioid Crisis and Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice
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When: November 20, 2017
5:30 pm
Where: North House (Ballroom Entrance)
1 Nod Road
Avon, Connecticut  06001
United States
Contact: John Aliberti

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About the Session:

FATAL ACCIDENTAL OPIOID OVERDOSES WILL EXCEED 1,000 in Connecticut this year--an 18 percent increase over 2016. What can dentists do to reduce our patients’ exposure to potential opioid abuse?

Borrowing from the Boy Scouts’ motto, we must be prepared. When was the last time you had a medical emergency in your office?  When was the last time you looked at your emergency kit? Chances are your medications are outdated and your emergency oxygen tank is empty. Do you need an AED (automatic external defibrillator)? When should you call 911? What is a good textbook on medical emergencies?

Dr. MacDonnell’s presentation will address the latest recommendations to control postoperative pain and reduce the need for opioid prescriptions.  We’ll review the 10 most common medical emergencies that occur in dental offices and how you should respond to those medical emergencies. We also will review the emergency medications and equipment that you should have in your office emergency kit.

You won’t want to miss this informative, timely examination of the current opioid crisis and how our profession can and must respond.  

As per the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health’s continuing education requirements for licensed dentists, dentists have the option to use the course to meet credit for either one of the mandatory courses: prescribing controlled substances and pain management OR medical emergencies in the dental office.

November 20,2017

5:30-6:00 pm: Registration & Networking
6:00-6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30-7:45 pm: Presentation


All HDS Members: $50
Alternative Component Society Members: $65 (member of CSDA and different component society, not HDS)  
Non-Members: $70
Students: $25

About the Presenter:  William A. MacDonnell, D.D.S

Dr. William A. “Bill” MacDonnell is a dentist-anesthesiologist who maintains a mobile anesthesia/sedation practice. He has worked with more than 200 Connecticut dentists, caring for patients across the state. His expertise is in sedation/anesthesia, local anesthesia and medical emergencies.

Bill graduated from Georgetown University Dental School and completed his dental anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He was an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center and served as a staff anesthesiologist at the John Dempsey University Hospital for five years before going into private practice. Bill continues to be active in academia as a member of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine clinical faculty, an appointment that began in 1978. He is a member of the Tufts School of Dental medicine clinical faculty.

A past president of both the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) and the American Society of Dentists Anesthesiologists, Bill is dedicated to the welfare of not only patients but also his fellow dentists. For several years, he chaired the CSDA’s annual state convention, CODPAC, ADPAC, and was also a member of the House of Delegates of the CSDA and the American Dental Association.

When not practicing or teaching at UConn School of Dental Medicine, Bill is very active in civic activities. A former chair of the West Hartford Substance Abuse Commission, Bushnell Park Foundation, he currently serves on the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, and the Connecticut State Dental Association Foundation. He also has been instrumental in the restoration of the Hartford monuments to Horace Wells, the Discoverer of Anesthesia.

A resident of West Hartford, Bill grew up in Windsor, Connecticut, where his late father, Edward MacDonnell, practiced dentistry. He and his late wife, Margie, have four children and three granddaughters.