Advanced Life Support Course for Dental Professionals

From the NZDA Code of Practice

Studies have shown that medical emergencies do occur in the dental practice. Dental practitioners and their staff need to have appropriate skills, training and equipment available to deal with potentially life threatening conditions.

Dental Professionals must have completed training to a level equivalent to the NZRC Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care (CORE) Immediate (previously CORE level 4). CORE Immediate is also suitable for dental surgery and receptionists for whom the CORE Immediate final practical and written assessments are optional. 

Up-to-date drugs and equipment, as listed in this code, must be operational and readily available in all dental practices.

Who should attend?

All staff in the dental practice should have appropriate training: dental practitioners, Level 4 New Zealand Resuscitation Council Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care (CORE) or equivalent; dental surgery assistants, reception and other staff, attendance at a Level 4 course with optional assessment of practical and theoretical skills.


Those not completing formal assessment will require an NZRC letter of attendance. A team approach to management of medical emergencies should be developed. Protocols should be in place so that all staff members know their role in managing emergency situations. The dental team should regularly practice scenarios within the dental practice setting.

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Specific Topics include...

  • Basic Life Support Revision
  • Artificial Ventilation / Air
  • Automated External Defibrillators
  • Suction
  • Respiration
  • Oxygen and Oxygen Delivery Devices
  • O2 Therapy and Ventilation
  • Airway Adjuncts
  • The Oropharyngeal Airway


  • Laryngeal Mask Airway
  • Response Team
  • First Aid Specific Conditions
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Hyperventilation
  • Seizures
  • Advanced Life Support for Infants and Children
  • Airway Obstruction / Choking

Bookings and Pricing

The Advanced Life Support for Dental Professionals Course is available to groups.

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