Local Anesthesia Administration
Certification for the Registered Dental Hygienists

ZDEN-691 Local Anesthesia Administration Certification for the Registered Dental Hygienists (40 hours)
Fee: $1,325 - Includes course handouts and all laboratory infection control and anesthesia supplies.

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Professional Credentials & Documentation

  • Current CPR-AED Certification

  • Current Dental Hygiene License

  • Proof of Malpractice Liability Insurance

Required Text

Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 6th Edition, Malamed S.F., St, Louis: C.V. Mosby Inc., 2012

  • Textbook should be purchased prior to class so participants can prepare for the Oral Anatomy pretest.

  • Available at STCC Bookstore - (413) 755- 4431

  • Available through Amazon - Handbook of Local Anesthesia 6th Edition

Required Materials

  • Lab coat, safety glasses

  • Students are required to wear clinical scrubs in laboratory sessions and bring a lab coat and approved safety glasses.

Course Description

This course will provide a comprehensive program of study in the Administration of Local Anesthesia. The course will be a challenging intense program designed to prepare the dental hygienist to competently administration local anesthesia for pain management in a safe atraumatic manner. The clinical component of the course will train the dental hygienist to administer the following injections: PSA, MSA, ASA, GP, NP, AMAS, IA, L, M, I, B, and supplemental infiltration techniques. Educational guidelines established by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry will be strictly adhered to and competency in didactic areas as well as clinical competency in the administration of local anesthetic injections will be required prior to certification.

Participation in the local anesthesia course includes not only the experience of providing anesthesia but also the experience of receiving anesthesia. If you are unable to provide or receive anesthetic injections for physical or physiological reason (i.e. pregnancy, allergies, renal dysfunction) the appropriateness of your participation in this course needs to be reviewed. If you have questions related to these issues contact Sharon Hilton at shilton@stcc.edu.

Topics Include:

  • Head and Neck Anatomy

  • Anatomical consideration in the administration of local anesthesia

  • Neurophysiology

  • Pharmacology of local anesthetics

  • Pharmacology of local vasoconstrictors

  • Dosage Calculations

  • Clinical action of specific agents

  • Armamentarium

  • Physical and psychological evaluation

  • Basic Injection Techniques

  • Techniques for maxillary anesthesia: posterior superior alveolar, middle superior alveolar and anterior superior alveolar nerve blocks, anterior middle superior alveolar block, greater palatine, nasopalatine nerve block and supplemental infiltration techniques.

  • Techniques for mandibular anesthesia: inferior alveolar nerve block, lingual nerve block, buccal nerve block and mental nerve block and supplemental infiltration techniques.

  • Systemic complications

  • Legal Considerations and Recordkeeping

Upon certification and application the registered dental hygienist will be prepared to sit for the Northeast Regional Board Examination for Local Anesthesia Administration.

Course Instructors

  • Sharon L. Hilton, BSDH, MEd, Professor, STCC Department of Dental Hygiene

  • Darelene O;Brien, BSDH, MSDH, Associate Professor, STCC Department of Dental Hygiene

  • Stephen H Root, DDS, MAGD, Clinical Consultant, STCC Department of Dental Hygiene

A Massachusetts licensed dentist and dental hygiene faculty certified in the administration of local anesthetics will assist in teaching the clinical component of the course.

Course Location:

Dental Hygiene Clinic: Building 20, Room 238