Local Anesthetic Technique Refresher Course for the Dental Hygienist 2023

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  • Local Anesthetic Technique Refresher Course for Dental Hygienists 2023Apr 15, 20238:30 am - 5:30 pm


UM Bannatyne: Dentistry Building: 1st Floor Dental Clinic

University of Manitoba, 780 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0W2

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April 15, 2023


This course is designed for the dental hygienist who is already certified to administer both block and infiltration of local anesthesia, but would like a refresher to review their theoretical knowledge, in addition to a hands-on component to practice their skills, especially if they have not had the opportunity to employ this scope of practice for a prolonged period of time. Participants are required to do a self-study review of the mechanisms of pain, including a review of the pharmacology of drugs used in dentistry and their interactions with a patient's current medical conditions and medications, prior to attending the single day hands-on course. Participants will receive over the shoulder coaching as they administer local anesthesia on each other. A Written and Clinical Competency Knowledge Check will be employed to help the participants feel confident in their skills for this scope of practice.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the mechanism of pain including its generation, perception, sources and
  • 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
  • Identify and know how to manage complicated and adverse reactions of local anesthetic administration


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.


Participants must hold a valid certificate for the administration of local anesthesia and 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 local anesthesia certification, current license, CPR certification, (Basic Life Saving – BLS), 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 pre-study reading (7 CDE credits)

  • Pain Management Workshop Manual (Salme Lavigne)
  • https://www.campusebookstore.com/integration/AccessCodes/default.aspx?permalinkId=ccc0371a-fa9e-40b8-9583-48aa1b4481be&frame=YES&t=permalink (copy link into browser)

Suggested readings

  • Handbook of Local Anesthesia (Stanley Malamed) 7th Edition
  • https://lb.ca/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/additem.bbx?/Z104811/I9780323582070 (copy link into browser)

Required Armamentarium

The following items are required and will NOT be supplied:

  • Lab coat and clinical attire, including dedicated clinical shoes (cleanable, no mesh)
  • Protective eye wear and visor/face shield
  • Mouth mirror, cotton pliers, hemostat
  • Self aspirating syringe (2) –  (no harpoon syringes will be allowed)
  • You must also bring your own laptop computer or tablet to complete electronic exams and clinical forms.


Dental Hygienist: $495.00

Refund Policy

Registrants may 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 costs for pre-arranged supplies  and administrative costs to process refunds and other costs associated with cancellations.  Cancellations by the registrant less than fourteen (14) days prior to the event will be at the discretion of the Director of Continuing Professional Development for Dentistry & Dental Hygiene.

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 15 hours of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Credits (Pre-study reading – 7 CDE credits and Clinical session – 8 CDE credits)

Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, 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, 2022 to  June 30, 2026. Provider ID# 214210 AGD Subject Code 340









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