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08-5631-19012: Local Anesthetics Review

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 8 continuing education credits (8 CEs).
Cost: $80.00
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Published: December 2011
Updated February 2020
Expires February 2023
Pages: 54

Course Instructor: Anthony S. Mennito, DMD
Health Science Editor: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the action of a nerve.
  • Explain the action of local anesthetic drugs on nerves.
  • Describe different techniques of local anesthetic administration, and what teeth are affected by each injection.
  • Identify the toxicity level for all anesthetic medications used.
  • Identify symptoms of complications that may result from administration of local anesthesia and the treatment for each.
  • Understand the rationale behind the use of alternative forms of anesthesia, including sedation and electronic dental anesthesia.

Course Description

Pain control is the foundation of successful dental patient management. Good injection technique is essential for consistent anesthesia. Dental professionals licensed to administer local anesthesia (Dentists and some Dental Hygienists) must use the medications available to them with caution and confidence.

The patient's psychological state must be evaluated before the administration of any anesthesia. A relaxed, confident patient will respond better to local anesthesia. An anxious or phobic dental patient may require some type of intervention strategy to relieve the stress before administering anesthesia. Other considerations such as the health of the tissue (presence or absence of infection) and deviation from normal anatomy must be assessed as well.

This course is a review of currently accepted practices for dental local anesthetic administration. This course will not lead to licensure of local anesthetic administration. The student should be knowledgeable about head and neck anatomy and basic emergency medical procedures for the dental office, including CPR.

About the Authors

Dr. Anthony Mennito is a 2003 graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry. After graduation, he worked in a private practice for six years before joining the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine, where he teaches adhesive and CAD/CAM dentistry in the department of oral rehabilitation and is the director for the division of digital dentistry. Mennito, who has published 12 articles in the area of digital dentistry and adhesive resin, is part of a team that has patented a dental adhesive with improved bond longevity. He maintains an active general dentistry practice with special interests including CAD/CAM dentistry and aesthetics.

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 8.00
Price: $80.00

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