School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

Local Anesthesia: A Hands-on Training Program

Local Anesthesia: A Hands-On Training Program

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.

DENTAL HYGIENISTS: Are your patients experiencing sensitivity during dental hygiene treatment?  

DENTISTS: Would you like fewer interruptions during the day? Would you like your dental hygienists to help you with local anesthesia?

Administering local anesthesia allows dental hygienists to offer more comfortable care during periodontal debridement, root planing and other clinical services where root and gingival sensitivity are present. Dentists may also delegate to dental hygienists the responsibility of anesthetizing some of their restorative patients. This continuing dental education program will review basic knowledge of head and neck anatomy, pharmacology, and medical history evaluation relevant to local anesthesia. In addition, you will gain information and skill with the anesthetic agents and techniques as you practice injection techniques on each other.


Through multiple experiences you will learn how to:

  • locate anatomic landmarks for each injection site.
  • select appropriate local anesthetic agents for each patient.
  • adjust your use of local anesthesia when medical contraindications or concerns are present.
  • prevent, recognize and manage complications associated with local anesthesia.
  • select and prepare the equipment needed.
  • provide comfortable and safe maxillary injections including: supraperiosteal, anterior superior alveolar, middle superior alveolar, posterior superior alveolar, nasopalatine and, greater palatine.
  • provide comfortable and safe mandibular injections including: mental-incisive, inferior alveolar, lingual, buccal, Gow-Gates, PDL and Intraseptal.
Who Should Attend

Graduates of any accredited dental hygiene program who need to complete the required educational training in order to administer local anesthesia. Please note: You will practice injection techniques on each other; pregnant women are asked not to participate in this course.

This three-day course meets the training requirements for dental hygienists in local anesthesia for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and other states, depending upon the individual requirements of that state.
Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, video, demonstration, discussion, clinical participation.


This course is under the direction of Jeanne M. Anderson, B.S.D.H., M.P.A., Clinical Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry and the dental hygiene faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.


Here’s what past course participants have liked about this program:

“Smaller group was great to facilitate learning! Also loved the hands-on training. Diane Larson, Fairmont, MN

“Extremely thorough and well planned! The instructors were all very knowledgeable and the clinical faculty was wonderful! Susan Sawvel, North Liberty, IA

“One-on-one help with injections.” Joanne Goodrich, Forest Lake, MN

“Very detailed, friendly instructors.” Michele Martin, New Town, ND

“To the point, but with a lot of relevant information, great instructors.” Rhonda McCrory, Fargo, ND




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