2023 Schedule:

May TBD - UIC - Chicago, IL

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Local Anesthesia  

Clinical Certification Course for Dental Auxiliary Target Audience:  Dental Hygienists
Registration for this course ends two weeks prior to the course start date.

  Must be currently certified in BLS for healthcare providers or its equivalent.  A copy of your current BLS card must accompany registration form. The Illinois State Dental Society is an approved provider of continuing education in the State of Illinois.  Illinois dental hygienists will earn 32 continuing education credits when completing this course.

$1,045 ISDS Member dentist staff
$1,100 Non-member dentist staff

The 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 (6th or 7th 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.

Course Objectives and Competencies:

  • Lab practice sessions emphasize grasps and technique and use sensor-active Frasaco/Praction manikins and other injection placement exercises.
  • Injection instruction occurs in clinic and involves supervised administration of maxillary, mandibular and block injections using xlocaine 2%, mepivacaine 3%, and topical benzocaine.
  • In clinic, participants must agree to receive, as well as administer, injections in the clinic. Hygienist who are in the first trimester of pregnancy or at a medical risk for any other reason should seek the consent of their primary physician before registering.
  • Course size is limited to 24 persons per session.  Successful course completion is based solely on the competency demonstrated in the clinic. You must participate in all four days of the course.