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Don’t Just Inject, Add Some Finesse: Local Anesthesia Workshop

Anesthesia injection

December 06, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

No matter how good we are, there’s always room for improvement! This hands-on program will focus on helping improve the anesthesia experience for both the professional and the patient. We will review basic and advanced injection techniques, discuss various anesthesia products that are available to dental professionals and have the opportunity for hands-on clinical participation. You should expect to return to practice with greater confidence in your ability to deliver comfortable and efficient local anesthetic injections, an increased appreciation for the causes of local anesthesia failures and the knowledge to overcome these failures, and a greater sense of ease in recognizing and managing unexpected side effects and complications of local anesthetic injections. This will reduce the anxiety level of the practitioner and bring the practice another step closer to pain-free dentistry for the patient.

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In the demonstration lab, participants will use skulls to identify osseous landmarks for more successful inferior alveolar nerve anesthesia, Gow-Gates and Vazirani-Akinosi. Various injection techniques for both maxilla and mandible will be discussed. In the clinical portion, participants will be divided into small groups to simulate or directly practice these techniques, as they prefer. Techniques will include (but are not limited to) inferior alveolar nerve block, Gow-Gates, Vazarani-Akinosi, V2 block and much more.

You Will Learn

  • How to best combine anesthetic agents and injection techniques to provide comfortable and profound pulpal anesthesia for any dental procedure
  • Anesthetic delivery devices available to dental professionals
  • Distraction methods and devices that aid in delivering comfortable injections
  • Possible causes for failures and complications in anesthesia

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.

Tuition: $445 by November 6; $490 after November 6 (limited to 24 participants; includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning)
Deposit: $145 (non-refundable)
Program: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Check-In: 8:30 am
Credits: This activity is designated for 7 units of continuing education credit.


Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA, is professor and vice chair of Diagnostic Sciences and Services at Pacific. He has more than 30 years of general practice experience, and has served as clinical group practice administrator and chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Emergency Services at Pacific. 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, is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences and course director for the local anesthesia curriculum at Pacific. A graduate of Pacific, she was also a clinical instructor at University of Illinois, Chicago, for two years before joining the Pacific faculty in 2010. She currently practices with the Faculty Dental Service Group at the school.

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