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Continuing Dental Education

Practical Pharmacology: Concepts in Local Anesthesia – a live webinar

Joseph M. Vitolo, DMD, MS, Ph (Hon)BSc, DDS, MSc (ORTHO) FRCD(C)

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

A review of the basic pharmacology and current concepts of local anesthetics in dental medicine.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this class, you will be able to:
Understand the basics of local anesthetic pharmacology to include:

  • Mechanism of Action
  • The impact of pH and pKa
  • Metabolism
  • Use in the pregnant/nursing patient
  • Use in the cardiac patient
  • Paresthesia


Dr. Joseph M. VitoloJoseph M. Vitolo earned his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He went on to complete a General Practice Residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Vitolo then entered private dental practice in 1988. He returned to school in 1995 to pursue an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Upon completing his advanced degrees in 2000, he entered a postdoctoral research fellowship at The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH) in the Gene Therapy and Therapeutics Branch. In 2004, Dr. Vitolo was hired by Marquette University School of Dentistry where he served as the Director of both the Advanced Care Clinic and the Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program until 2016. He was then hired by The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University where he currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Advanced Education.


  • Dr. Vitolo has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Online Webinar

The dental professional

5:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific Standard time


1 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

As a continuing education provider, University of Washington Continuing Dental Education is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Cancellation and Refunds
For this live webinar, a registration refund will be issued for cancellations received by Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Registration will remain open until the webinar begins – NO REFUNDS will be accepted once the webinar has begun. Cancellations must be received in email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation.

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Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of Washington does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

The University of Washington Continuing Dental Education cautions continuing dental education participants that there are potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into the practice of dentistry, especially when the continuing education course has not provided supervised clinical experience and/or competency tests in the techniques or procedures.

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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and ACDE member schools.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 1 continuing education credits.