Viola Thomas"I Have Become Comfortably Numb!": Local Anesthetics, Vasoconstrictors and Clinical Considerations

Friday, May 8

Time:  8:15 - 11:15 am
Course Code:  F 310
Quick Summary:  Because we use them without incident every day, it's easy to forget the risks that local anesthetic agents pose, especially to the at risk patient.  This refresher course is important for the entire team and will get you back in the proper frame of mind for the safe use of these agents.
Fee:  Doctors $68   All Others $27
Course Description:  Management of odontogenic pain may be accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates intraoperative local anesthesia.  However, improper and inappropriate use of local anesthetic agents has the potential to produce life-threatening, systemic adverse reactions.  Thus, a thorough knowledge of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents is essential for their safe and effective use.  This program will provide participants with an overview of local anesthetic agents commonly used in dental practice.  Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing strategies and techniques essential to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualized patient care, and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetic agents administered.
Learning objectives:
  1. Explain the basic mechanism of action of local anesthetic agents.
  2. Differentiate between the two major classes of local anesthetic agents with respect to their distribution, metabolism, adverse effects, drug interactions, and contra-indications.
  3. Discuss the rationale for the use of vasoconstrictors in local anesthetic solutions and their potential effects in common organ system disease states.
  4. Specify the various local anesthetic agent combinations most commonly used in dentistry and the rationale for their use in specific dental clinical situations.
Course most appropriate for:  Dentists, Hygienists, and Clinical Assistants
C.E. Hours:  3 clinical hours
Academy of General Dentistry Code:  341