Infiltration Anesthesia for Dental Hygiene Procedures

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Friday, November 9, 2018 and Saturday,November 10 and Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 8AM - 5PM. 4th day of required clinic rotation scheduled at event. All days must be attended. 



This four-day course will offer training for Alabama Hygienists to provide local anesthesia (infiltration) administration to the dental patient. With 44 hours of CE training designed by Dr. Patrick Louis, and conforming to the Alabama State Board of Dental Examiners regulations, this course will present the participant with the basic mechanics to provide pain management.


o Course Description

§ The course will consist of 24 hours of lecture and hands-on clinical exercises.

§ Participants must complete 12 hours of online learning modules that will consist of a series of lectures and exams designed to prepare the hygienist for the course material and make it easier to understand.

§ In addition, participants must return for an 8 hour-clinical rotation under direct supervision and keep a log of their experiences.

o Hygienist Evaluation

§ Final Exam with a grade of 70 or better is needed to pass the course.

· The exams will cover lectures and online learning modules.

· The format of the exam will be multiple choice

· Students are required to take a Pre-test exam and at the end of the course pass a Post-course exam.

§ Injections

· All hygienist will demonstrate the administration of local anesthesia under direct supervision. All hygienist will demonstrate administration of local anesthesia infiltration on manikins for all maxillary and mandibular infiltration techniques. They will also demonstrate at least 2 infiltrations on each other, under direct supervision.

§ Injection Log

· The Hygienist must keep a log of their clinical experiences. This should include all of the injections performed during the course and their clinical rotation. This should be submitted to the State Board along with their CE certificate in order to apply for a permit.

· Course Goals & Objectives:

· Introduce basic and advance concepts in pharmacology and armamentarium of local anesthetics and vasoconstrictors used in dentistry.

· Introduce basic and advanced concepts regarding anesthetic infiltration used in dentistry and its associated anatomy.

· Introduce complications and medical emergencies associated with the administration of local anesthetics and vasoconstrictors.

§ Understand nerve classification, resting state, membrane potentials, firing threshold, depolarization, repolarization and trigeminal neuroanatomy (central & peripheral)

§ Understand the pharmacology of local anesthesia and vasoconstrictors and associated drug interactions, complications and contraindications

§ Understand the theoretical & clinical differences in various local anesthetic agents commonly used in dentistry and their indication for use (concentration & recommended dosage)

§ Know the armamentarium used in local anesthesia. (short needle, long needle, syringe, carpule, topical anesthesia, etc.) and troubleshoot problems

§ Know the landmark and technique for maxillary and mandibular infiltration, potential problems and expected outcome

§ Understand why a local anesthetic injections may be ineffective

§ Know the special techniques and armamentarium for PDL anesthesia and its indications

§ Perform local anesthetic injections on manikins and in clinical situations and be prepared to answer questions regarding landmarks, dosage, complications, technique and armamentarium.

*As with any hands-on training course, the participant should realize that competency and proficiency requires repeated administration and periodic self-reeducation.

*Needle sticks will be directed to the UAB Emergency Room and treated at the expense of the registered hygienist.

Hygienists must show proof a current dental hygiene license, current CPR, current TB test (within last 12 months), proof of OSHA Training, proof of Bloodborne Pathogen Training, complete medical questionnaire because you will be practicing as both the patient and the operator, and RX forms.

If you are pregnant, you cannot take the class.

Continuing Education
Lecture: Credits - 22
Self-Instructional: Credits - 12
Hands-On: Credits - 10

Course Director

Dr. Patrick Louis, coursemaster, is a professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and holds joint appointments in the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine.  Dr. Louis is currently the Medical Emergency Officer for the School of Dentistry.  He has served as a consultant to the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners, performing office evaluations for the conscious sedation and general anesthesia licensure.  He has also served as commissioner for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  Dr. Louis has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.


Registration open through 11/15/2018 4:00 PM EST


Tuition: Hygienist - $1500



Hotel Information

Hotel: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB, 821 20th St. South. (Across the street from the School of Dentistry.) The room rate for Thursday 11/08 and Friday 11/09 and Saturday 11/10 is $129 per night. Self Parking is available for $10 nightly. Call 205-731-9595 and ask for the UAB School of Dentistry Hands-on room block.

Or click the link to reserve your room. Reservations need to be made by 10/9/18

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UAB School of Dentistry

1919 7th Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294

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