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  • Local Anesthetic Technique Certification for Dental HygienistsApr 22, 2022 - Apr 24, 20228:00 am - 5:00 pm


UM Bannatyne: Pathology Building: Theatre E: P133

770 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0W3

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This course is designed for dental hygienists who would like to become competent in the administration of both block and infiltration local anesthesia.

Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms of pain and a thorough understanding of the pharmacology of drugs used in dentistry and their interactions with the patient’s current medical conditions and medications.

The participants are required to do a home self‐study component prior to the three-day workshop. A pre-clinical examination on day one of the course will be administered which has a passing grade of 70 per cent. During days two and three, participants will receive over the-shoulder coaching as they administer local anesthesia on each other. Upon successful completion of the clinical competency examination at the end of the program, participants will be issued a certificate of completion.


At the conclusion of this event participants should be able to:

  • Discuss pain including its generation, perception, sources and classifications
  • Discuss both traditional and non-traditional methods of pain control
  • Identify the anatomy of the head and neck as it pertains to the administration of anesthetic agents
  • Discuss the significance of the medical history as it relates to the administration of anesthetic agents
  • Describe the pharmacology of dental anesthetics and vasoconstrictors including adverse reaction, side effects and contraindications
  • Administer local anesthesia safely utilizing acceptable infiltration and block anesthetic techniques
  • Identify the landmarks, site depth of penetration and anatomy anesthetized for all injections


Shannon Nichol, Dip. DH, RDH

Shannon Nichol is a graduate of the dental hygiene program from Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. She has over 14 years of clinical experience working in general practice and includes 11 years in periodontal practice settings. Shannon has experience as a clinical instructor in the Restorative Dentistry Department at the University of Manitoba College of Dentistry. She is passionate about pain management in the dental hygiene profession as it allows hygienists to provide effective hygiene treatment.

….and other faculty members from the School of Dental Hygiene, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry



Participants must be graduates of an accredited dental hygiene program and hold a current valid license in their province or state of residence. All registrants must email a copy of their current license, CPR certification, Health Care Provider (HCP CPR Level C), malpractice insurance and a signed copy of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Participation Agreement to the program coordinator in order to participate.

During the clinical component of this course, all participants are required to act as patients for their colleagues. In order to do this, registrants must submit a completed medical history form, along with proof of prerequisites stated above, to the program coordinator. Any registrant who is unable to act as a patient for medical reasons must arrange for a suitable patient.

Please note: participants who have at least one year of experience working in the oral cavity may be more successful in this course.

Required readings

Course registrants are expected to complete assigned readings over a
recommended six-week self-study period before participating in the clinical
component of the course.

  • Pain Management Workshop Manual (Salme Lavigne)
  • Handbook of Local Anesthesia (Stanley Malamed) 7th Edition

Details on the readings and how to purchase will be provided to participants upon successful registration of the course.

Required Armamentarium

The following items are required and will NOT be supplied:

  • Hemostat
  • Lab coat and clinical attire, including dedicated clinical shoes (cleanable, no mesh)
  • Mouth mirror
  • Protective eye wear and visor/face shield
  • self aspirating syringe

You must also bring your own laptop computer or tablet to complete electronic exams and clinical forms.


Dental Hygienists: $1650.00

Refund Policy

Registrants can receive a refund provided they give written notice no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the event. An administration fee will be retained to cover staff costs of processing refunds and other costs associated with cancellations.

The University of Manitoba reserves the right to cancel or postpone any educational program due to an insufficient number of registrations. The decision to cancel will normally be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the program date. Each registrant will be notified by email and provided with a full refund of all registration costs. The University of Manitoba is not liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause, including, but not limited to, non-refundable airline fares, hotel penalties or lost income.

Study Credits

This course provides up to 45 hours of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Credits.

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from July 1, 2018 to  June 30, 2022. Provider ID# 214210 AGD Subject Code 340









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