• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

3 Contact Hours

Author(s): Marilee Sears, RDH
Item#: L0348
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)
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Putting Dental Pain to Rest: Review of Anesthetic Techniques

Price $29.95
Item # L0348
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Original Release Date: May 9, 2011 
Review Date: May 7, 2014 
Expiration Date: May 6, 2017 

While dental practitioners want patients to be comfortable, it is evident that better anesthetic techniques must be used to ensure that dental treatment is indeed pain free. This course reviews the most common anesthetic techniques beginning with mandibular nerve locks and proceeding to maxillary blocks. It familiarizes the reader with medical conditions that affect anesthetic choices, methods and techniques to ensure patient comfort during injections, the importance and rational behind needle aspirations, proper injection technique, common barriers to local anesthetic success, and alternatives to traditional local anesthetic for controlling pain. 

AGD Subject Code: 132

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives
  • Describe medical conditions that affect anesthetic choices.
  • Recognize methods and techniques to ensure patient comfort during anesthetic injections.
  • Explain the importance of and rationale behind needle aspiration.
  • Identify proper technique for effective local anesthetic injections.
  • Describe the most common barriers to local anesthetic success.
  • Discuss alternatives to traditional local anesthetic injections for controlling dental treatment discomfort.

Marilee Sears, RDH, received her associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene from Mt. Hood College in 2001. She has more than 15 years of experience in the dental field, including more than 6 years as a dental hygienist. Ms. Sears has had extensive practice in the treatment of periodontal disease in general dental and periodontal offices and specializes in the treatment of low-income and medically compromised patients. She is the founder of Integrity in Practice, a consultancy focused on preventative care and early intervention of dental disease.

  • Courses must be completed within 1 year of the date of purchase or by the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.