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Course # 55180 • Local Anesthetics in Dentistry

Overview

The use of local anesthetics in dentistry has a long history of efficacy and safety. Very few dental procedures are accomplished without them, and often, this group of medications is taken for granted by both patients and clinicians. This course will review the history of local anesthetic use in dentistry and the current group of local anesthetics in use clinically. Properties that distinguish these medications from each other, indications/contraindications for use, the use of vasoconstrictors to prolong anesthesia, utilization of buffering solutions to prevent pain, and potential medical emergencies will be discussed.

Education Category: Pharmacology

Release Date: 02/01/2017

Expiration Date: 01/31/2020

Audience

This course is designed for all dental professionals whose patients may be administered local anesthetics.

Accreditations/Approvals

NetCE is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership, and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2021. Provider ID 217994. AGD Subject Code 341. NetCE is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Dentistry, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is a Registered Provider with the Dental Board of California. Provider Number RP3841. Completion of this course does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits. This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 5 unit(s) of continuing education. Dental Board of California course #05-3841-19217. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEU(s) for this program.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide dental professionals with a comparative perspective on the use of local anesthetics.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline the history of local anesthetics.
  2. Compare and contrast ester-type and amide-type local anesthetics.
  3. Describe the basic neurophysiologic mechanisms of action of local anesthetics.
  4. List the most common local anesthetics used in dentistry today, including pharmacologic properties and contraindications.
  5. Discuss the available topical anesthetics used in conjunction with local anesthetics in dentistry.
  6. Analyze the action of buffering solutions and anesthetic reversal agents.

Faculty

Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985. He received fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

William E. Frey, DDS, MS, FICD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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