Local Anesthesia: A Hands-On Training Program

Administering local anesthesia allows dental hygienists to offer more comfortable care during periodontal debridement, root planing, and clinical services where root and gingival sensitivity are present. Dentists may also delegate to dental hygienists the responsibility of anesthetizing restorative patients. This program will review head and neck anatomy, pharmacology, and medical history evaluation relevant to local anesthesia. You will gain new skills with the anesthetic agents as you practice injection techniques on each other. This three-day course meets the training requirements for dental hygienists in local anesthesia for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and other states, depending upon state requirements.
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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

Training Methods

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


In addition to using desktop training models, you will practice injection techniques on each other. Pregnant women are welcome to attend this program, but will not receive injections.

Pre-reading Assignment

Tuition includes the text Handbook of Local Anesthesia by Stanley Malamed. This book will be mailed to you approximately 30 days before the course.


  • Clinic attire must include long pants and closed-toe leather shoes. If you prefer to wear clinical scrubs, feel free to do so.
  • We will provide over-garments that comply with OSHA standards for infectious disease control and general safety.
  • Non-latex gloves and masks will be provided. If you have special glove or mask needs, please bring them with you.
  • Please bring loupes, glasses, or other eye protection with side shields.
  • Safety goggles will be available.

Credits and Fees


$995 dental hygienist

A $495 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due by March 22, 2021.

Tuition includes the text Handbook of Local Anesthesia by Stanley Malamed, which will be mailed to you prior the course.


25 hours

Two hours of credit are derived from study outside of the classroom.

Minnesota Credits

25 Fundamental Credit Hours

Includes CORE Subject Areas:

  • Ethics
  • Management of Medical Emergencies
  • Patient Communication
  • Record Keeping



8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (Monday, Tuesday)
8:30 AM to 4:45 PM (Wednesday)

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Meet Our Course Director

Jill Hormann, BSDH, MSDH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. 

Ms. Hormann received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry in 2015. Following graduation, she practiced full-time as a dental hygienist before pursuing her career goal of becoming a dental hygiene educator. In 2018, Ms. Hormann was offered a Graduate Teaching Assistant position in the Division of Dental Hygiene. Near the end of her Graduate Teaching Assistant position, she was offered a faculty position to begin upon completion of her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene education degree. Ms. Hormann now provides clinical instruction to students at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and is a clinic group director for dental hygiene and dental therapy students.

Meet Our Experts 

Drew Christianson, MDT, CADT, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Therapy, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Mr. Christianson earned his Master in Dental Therapy and completed the Advanced Dental Therapy Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is a practicing Dental Therapist in the Metro area and, as such, has worked in multiple practice types, including private practice and large group clinics providing care for a variety of patients. 

Hiwet Ephrem, MSDH, RF, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Ms. Ephrem is an alumna of the School of Dentistry, with BS and Master’s degrees in dental hygiene. She has over 25 years of practical experience working as a dental hygienist in private practice and large group clinics. In 2000, Ms. Ephrem joined and began her career as a dental hygiene educator at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She is a course director in multiple undergraduate courses, and clinically, she instructs dental, dental hygiene, and dental therapy students.


Already Registered

Currently, this course is scheduled over a three-day period to be held on the University of Minnesota campus. However, due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, select portions of this course may be offered via Zoom and pre-recorded video. Using a combination of Zoom webinars, pre-recorded videos, home-based practice models, and on-campus clinical experiences may reduce your time on the University of Minnesota to approximately 1.5 days.

Detailed information on the course location, format and pre-course reading assignments will be sent one month before the start of the session.

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