Anesthesia Myth Busters: Debunking Myths with Local Anesthesia Delivery

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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With many advances in anesthesia, we think we have figured it all out. If I use Septocaine®, that's all I need. If I shake the person's cheek with my finger, they won't feel it. If I just aim higher, then I'll get the nerve numb. If there's something that I can use to help make my anesthesia last longer... These ideas may have some truth to them, but they may also be wrong and prevent you from achieving excellent and consistent results in patient care.


This hands-on program will focus on some of the myths and anecdotes applied in anesthesia practice and discuss science and technique to help debunk or reaffirm. Participants will learn how application of anesthesia technique from literature will provide more guided insight into current practice.

Participants are asked to submit their 'ideas or anecdotes' prior to the course so we can tailor part of our discussion to address these concerns from your practice. The goal is for participants to leave with a clearer understanding of the 'why' in application toward more successful local anesthesia and greater patient comfort.


Hands-on demonstrations will involve identification of landmarks, simulation of techniques, and options/alternatives for delivering successful injections.


You Will Learn

  • Evidence-based best practices as applied to dental anesthesia
  • How specific anesthetics can be applied to best achieve profound anesthesia
  • New technology and products that are availabe directed toward successful delivery of local anesthesia
  • Advanced techniques such as Gow-Gates and Vazarani-Akinosi mandibular division nerve blocks, and V2 maxillary division nerve blocks through hands-on exercises, as well as reviewing traditional techniques


Who Should Attend


This workshop is designed for dentists and dental hygienists who wish to expand their understanding of the pharmacologic mechanisms and delivery techniques of local anesthesia and to solve some of the difficulties that arise in obtaining profound anesthesia in the oral cavity.



About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



Course is limited to 24 participants.

CE Credit

CEU: Units - 7

This activity is designated for 7 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Early Bird Tuition: $495 Dentists; $395 Registered Dental Hygienists (for registrations received by March 14)

Regular Tuition: $545 for Dentists; $445 Registered Dental Hygienists

Course includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning.


Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA, is professor and interim chair of diagnostic sciences at the Dugoni School of Dentistry.  He has more than 35 years of general practice experience and has served as clinical group practice administrator and chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Emergency Services at Dugoni School of Dentistry.  A graduate of UCSF School of Dentistry, he has extensive experience in head and neck anatomy, dissection and nerve tract identification and has lectured internationally on local anesthesia.

Bernadette Alvear Fa, DDS, CPT, is associate professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry and course director for the local anesthesia curriculum at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. A graduate of Dugoni School of Dentistry, she was also a clinical instructor at University of Illinois, Chicago, for two years before joining the Dugoni School of Dentistry faculty in 2010. She currently practices with the Faculty Dental Service Group at the dental school.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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