Recorded Al Dente Alumni Series: Treating Patients with Comorbidities

Previously recorded lecture from April 2022.

Learning Objectives & Details


Treating patients with comorbidities has become the norm as more and more patients have comorbidities at younger and younger ages. This requires extra care, sometimes modifications, and often requires interdisciplinary collaboration with other providers in the healthcare system. In this course, we will review what it takes to safely treat patients with some of the most common medical problems.


Learning objectives:

  • Recognize significant comorbidities
  • Create and interpret and medical consult
  • Recognize indications and contraindications for sedation and anesthesia
  • Modify treatment to suit the morbidity
  • Do a risk assessment



David Carsten, DDS is a dentist anesthesiologist. He has a BS in Biochemistry from Washington State University with background in Medical Bacteriology and virology. At WSU he researched E coli and their bacteriophages. His DDS is from the University of Washington. He has 6 publications in the scientific literature. He received the Award of Distinction in Continuing Education from the Academy of Dentistry International.


He is an Assistant Professor in Hospital Dentistry at Oregon Health Sciences University. He was on the ADA Steering Committee for the DLOSCE.  He is a member of the Technical Advisory Group through the Council of State Governments to set up an interstate dental and hygiene licensure compact. He mentors the interdisciplinary lecture group at OHSU, the Tilikum Crossing Seminars. He is a Chair of the Washington State Dental Commission, also chairing the Infection Control Committee. Dave has given more than forty lectures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, starting 10 January 2020. Dave lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sharon, his son, Davin, and their dog, Kiki. He has been a member of the Spiritual Care Team at Salmon Creek Legacy Hospital since 2012. 

Oregon Health & Science University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Target Audience

The course is designed for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants


Registration open through 5/17/2023 8:59 PM EST

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Pre-recorded video with test at the end

Continuing Education

1 CE Hour


Free for OHSU Alumni

$25 for Non-Alumni

Contact Information

Contact the Continuing Dental Education Department for more information:

  • Speaker has no relevant financial relationship to disclose.
  • The staff of the OHSU Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.