Medical Emergency Readiness Manuals for Dental Offices Providing Sedation and/or Anesthesia

Get the Emergency Manual - 
proven to help dental teams deliver the best care during patient emergencies


Despite the best intentions, well-trained dentists and dental teams often miss known key steps during patient emergencies. This Emergency Manual prevents those potentially career-killing mistakes with laminated algorithm cards for 24 critical patient emergencies

An “emergency manual” is a resource that contains sets of cognitive aids (e.g., checklists) relevant for a specific patient emergency. The manual is a clear and accessible reference emergency resource at the point of care – the dental operatory.


The AAFDO emergency manual is modeled on the emergency section of the ‘Flight Manual’ used by pilots and aviation crews.

These 24 cognitive aids are the critical resources that help dental teams to remember or apply their relevant patient emergency knowledge appropriately. With this manual in your operatories, you will…

Stop patient harm

Ensure your patients’ safety by being totally prepared for any office emergency

Protect your career

Avoid a career-killing mistake during an office emergency

Get peace of mind

Never live with the crushing memory of not being prepared during the inevitable moment-of-truth

How the Emergency Manual works

Equip every operatory with its own copy of the Emergency Manual


Recognize the patient emergency


Grab the Emergency Manual and assign a “Reader”


Refer to the Manual to ensure key treatment steps are not missed

The Emergency Manual is compact, accessible, and loaded with expert medical wisdom, academic research and practical, simulation-tested protocols.


The material in this Manual is not intended to be a substitute for sound medical knowledge and training. Dental teams using this Manual should use their clinical judgment and decision making for patient management. Since treatment for the emergencies described in this Manual can have variable presentations, departure from the information presented here is encouraged as appropriate.

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Why you need the Emergency Manual

  • Simulation studies show that integrating an emergency manual into the operatory results in better management during patient crises events

  • Pilots and nuclear power plant operators use similar cognitive aids for emergencies and rare events

  • During a crisis event, the stacks of relevant literature are rarely accessible

  • Memory worsens under stress and distractions interrupt our planned actions

  • Expertise requires significant repetitive practice, so dental teams are experts in every emergency

  • Recent research suggests that Emergency Manuals use improves teamwork, facilitates coordination, decreases stress, and enables delivery of better patient care

“After becoming a dentist, I learned to fly and got my pilot’s license. For several years, I’ve been looking for checklists to use during a patient emergency - just like I have emergency checklists when I’m flying. This Emergency Manual is exactly what I needed. I know how easy it is to forget simple lifesaving skills and protocols during a high stress, high pressure event. This is the simple, easy-to-use low-tech solution to keeping my patients safe!”

- Chris R. (Dallas, TX)

What you Get for $129

  • 24 Medical Emergency laminated algorithms

  • A tool that can be used in each operatory for:

  • Pre-event ‘just in time’ review for at-risk patients

  • Reference during a patient emergency for crisis management

  • Post-event team debriefing

  • A tool that can be used for education, including:

  • Self-review

  • 1:1 or small group teaching

  • Studying for oral exams

  • Simulated emergencies (such as our Mock Medical Emergency Drills Guide) and debriefing sessions

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Practice Sedation Dentistry?

Get the Sedation Supplement to the Emergency Manual for only $79

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Sedation Supplement to the Emergency Manual for $79

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Practice Pediatric Dentistry?

Get the Pediatric Supplement to the Emergency Manual for only $99

Contains 12 emergency algorithms specifically designed for pediatric dentistry

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Download one of our free resources

"Dentistry Today" Article about Medical Emergency Readiness Inspections

(Free article in "Dentistry Today" about Sedation Anesthesia Medical Emergency Readiness Inspections)

Sample Mock Emergency  Drill

(See a free sample of one of our mock emergency drills with 13 pages of information and checklists)