Local Anesthesia: A Hands-on Training Program - May 2023

Administering local anesthesia allows dental hygienists to offer more comfortable care during periodontal debridement, root planing, and clinical services where root and gingival sensitivity are present. Dentists may also delegate to dental hygienists the responsibility of anesthetizing restorative patients. This program will review head and neck anatomy, pharmacology, and medical history evaluation relevant to local anesthesia. You will gain new skills with the anesthetic agents as you practice injection techniques on each other. This three-day course meets the training requirements for dental hygienists in local anesthesia for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and other states, depending upon state requirements.

Course Audience:

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May 1, 2023 8:00 am - May 3, 2023 4:45 pm

All times for all events are in local Central Time.

Session Location: 

Lynda J. Young Conference Room
6-410 Moos HS Tower
Minneapolis Campus

Course Number: CF3368

Enrollment is limited to 24



Learn How To

  • locate anatomic landmarks for each injection site
  • select appropriate local anesthetic agents for each patient
  • adjust your use of local anesthesia when medical contraindications or concerns are present
  • prevent, recognize, and manage complications associated with local anesthesia
  • select and prepare the equipment needed
  • provide comfortable and safe maxillary injections including supraperiosteal, anterior superior alveolar, middle superior alveolar, posterior superior alveolar, nasopalatine and greater palatine
  • provide comfortable and safe mandibular injections including mental-incisive, inferior alveolar, lingual, buccal, Gow-Gates, PDL and Intraseptal

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, video, demonstration, discussion, clinical participation.


In addition to using desktop training models, you will practice injection techniques on each other. Pregnant women are welcome to attend this program, but will not receive injections.

Pre-reading Assignment

Online access to the book Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist written by noted dental hygiene educator Demetra Logothetis will be sent to you in an email one month prior to the start of the program.


  • Clinic attire must include long pants and closed-toe leather shoes. If you prefer to wear clinical scrubs, feel free to do so.
  • We will provide over-garments that comply with OSHA standards for infectious disease control and general safety.
  • Non-latex gloves and masks will be provided. If you have special glove or mask needs, please bring them with you.
  • Please bring loupes, glasses, or other eye protection with side shields.
  • Safety goggles will be available.