School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

Local Anesthesia Refresher: A Hands-on Review

Local Anesthesia Refresher: A Hands-On Review

Offered annually in May 

Call (612) 625-1418 or (800) 685-1418, or email to be added to our priority notification list for the next course offering.

Would you like one-on-one guidance with those most challenging injections? Would you like to develop skill and confidence with the Gow/Gates mandibular block?

This targeted one-day continuing dental education course will build your confidence and skill in the delivery of local anesthesia and will provide you with a review of the anatomical structures and navigational approaches necessary to troubleshoot problems with each injection. You will also learn to utilize the Gow/Gates injection technique as an alternative to the traditional mandibular block injection. Additionally, you will learn how factors such as age, weight and medical considerations affect anesthetic dosing and interact with the newer anesthetic agents.

You may choose any or all of the following injections to practice in clinic:

Maxillary Injections: Supraperiosteal, Anterior Superior Alveolar, Middle Superior Alveolar, Posterior Superior Alveolar, Nasopalatine, Greater Palatine

Mandibular Injections: Supraperiosteal, Mental/Incisive, Inferior Alveolar, Lingual, Buccal, Gow/Gates


You will benefit from reviewing how to:

  • select the appropriate anesthetic based on your patients’ medical history.
  • employ the use of needle-free anesthesia options during periodontal procedures.
  • choose the appropriate injection for the procedure planned.
  • distinguish between the Inferior Alveolar and Gow/Gates paths of insertion.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of your injections with fellow participants.
Who Should Attend

Dental hygienists who have completed a basic training course in local anesthesia, or dental therapists and dentists who want to improve their Gow/Gates injection technique or who want individualized help with other injection techniques. Please Note: Injection techniques will be practiced on each other. Pregnant women are asked not to participate in this course.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstration, and clinical participation.

Course Instructors

Jeanne M. Anderson, B.S.D.H., M.P.A., Clinical Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota. Jeanne Anderson is the course director.

Christine Blue, R.D.H., M.S., Associate Professor and Director, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.


What past participants liked about this continuing dental education program:

“I like that it is hands-on in a very comfortable environment.” Laura Phipps, Big Lake, MN

“Gow/Gates instruction.” Dr. Charles Urquart, Sinking Spring, PA

“The teachers were very one on one. They stayed with us for the whole injection.”

“Hands on! Great for refining personal technique.”

“Walked away feeling much more confident in myself.”


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