Dental Curriculum Threads

Local Anesthesia

Course Director: John Evans and Art DiMarco
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 2

Course Overview

Safe and effective local anesthesia is integral to general dentistry and most specialties. Since most dentists must become nothing short of expert at the safe and effective administration of local anesthesia, it is the primary goal of this course to provide students with the opportunity to learn these skills.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  1. Evaluate patients preoperatively. Students must be able assess the risks associated with administration of local anesthesia.
  2. Use the equipment associated with administration of local anesthesia.
  3. Describe in detail the pharmacology of local anesthetics and associated vasoconstrictors.
  4. Describe and perform the injection techniques commonly used in dentistry. Visualize the anatomy in three dimensions and describe variations of normal.
  5. Discuss problems associated with the administration of local anesthesia including complications.
  6. Discuss medicolegal, ethical, and professional ramifications associated with the use of local anesthesia including nerve injury.
  7. Discuss the management of difficult and/or fearful patients using real clinical situations as teaching material.
  8. Assess one’s own clinical skills critically in light of clinical problems faced daily by dentists in practice.
  9. Explain and describe in writing or orally the basic biomedical sciences underlying the use of local anesthetics in clinical practice.
  10. List and describe the medical risks and complications, both emergent and routine, associated with the use of local anesthesia and management of patients
  11. Describe special techniques needed to deal with patients who are difficult to manage and anesthetize, including patients in all stages of life.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2019-09-17