This four-day course will satisfy the State of Illinois expanded function training requirements to allow registered dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.
Course content provides a review of necessary knowledge on the uses and potential complications of administering local anesthesia. A pre-course reading assignment from Dr. Stanley F. Malamed’s Handbook of Local Anesthesia (4th or 5th edition) assures a foundation of understanding that is reinforced by lectures. Topics include the local anesthesia armamentarium, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, pharmacology of vasonconscriptors, mandibular and maxillary anatomy, the trigeminal nerve, possible complications, post-treatment instructions, and accurate record keeping.
Lab practice sessions emphasize grasp and technique and use sensor-active Frasaco/Practicon manikins and other injection placement exercises.
Injection instruction occurs in clinic and involves supervised administration of maxillary, mandibular and block injections.
Course size is limited to 24 persons per session. While a test on basic knowledge based on pre-course reading is given on the first course day, successful course completion is based solely on competency demonstrated in the clinic.
Illinois dental hygienists will earn 32 continuing education credits when completing this course.