Dental Immediate Life Support Training – What is it and Why do you Need it?

Posted on 27 March, 2020  in News

Some dentists and other dental professionals will need to undergo dental immediate life support training, not just to satisfy requirements, but to be able to carry out their work safely and ensure the safety of their patients. This ensures they can practice safely and carry out necessary treatments, whilst having the right skills and knowledge to provide these services. It is an advanced type of training that won’t be needed by every dental team, but it’s essential that dentists and nurses that offer sedation to patients have this training, so they can react if an emergency situation does occur.

Who needs to undertake dental immediate life support (DILS) training? How much study is required?

Dentists and dental teams that offer sedation to patients will need to undergo dental immediate life support training, with the idea being that they will be able to react quickly if a patient goes into cardiac arrest. This is a very unlikely situation, and many dental practices offer sedation to patients on a daily basis, managing the process very safely. However, sedation is an increasingly popular option, especially for people who may have a phobia of going to the dentist. This makes it essential to manage sedation safely and make sure the team treating the patient can look after them properly. DILS training will help you to do just this.

DILS certification is required as a prerequisite of your record of competence. The CQC guidelines say all members of any dental team providing conscious sedation ‘must undergo a minimum of 12 hours of continuing professional development every 5 years.’ This will keep knowledge current and up to date, so you’ll learn the latest industry best practice.

When might you need to use your dental immediate life support training?

There is a very low chance of you needing to put your training into practice, but if you do find yourself in a situation where a patient is unwell, then you’ll be able to treat them more effectively. The training goes into how to manage patients who are experiencing a cardiac arrest, giving you and a nursing team the skills to carry out airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, if needed. This will give your patient a higher chance of recovery if you’re able to carry this out immediately, rather than waiting for a cardiac arrest team to arrive on site.

Who provides DILS courses – where can you undertake the necessary training?

There are various providers offering DILS courses, so you need to find the right one to gain your qualifications and have all the required knowledge as a dentist or dental nurse. As this is very important training that also ties in with CQC guidance, it’s best to look for a course that will cover all necessary information in regards to this. Look for courses that are tied to the Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care 2015, as this will cover everything you need. A good, thorough training course in DILS will cover both adult and paediatric care.