Local Anesthesia Refresher: A Hands-on Review

Local Anesthesia Refresher: A Hands-on Review

Friday, August 23, 2019

Our targeted, one-day course will build your confidence and skill in the delivery of local anesthesia. 

You will receive a comprehensive review of the anatomical structures and navigational approaches necessary to troubleshoot potential problems with injections. Come away with new skills 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

Learn & Review 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


This course is designed for dental hygienists who have completed a basic training course in local anesthesia and wish to expand their knowledge and skills. It is also designed for 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.

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstration, and clinical participation

Meet Our Course Director

This course is under the direction of Miranda A. Drake, MSDH, RF, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; and includes dental hygiene/dental therapy faculty at the University of Minnesota.


  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM.
  • There will be a 15-minute refreshment break mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

Special instructions

Please note: Injection techniques will be practiced on each other. Pregnant women are asked not to participate in this course.

Clinic attire must include long pants and closed-toe leather shoes. The School of Dentistry will provide over-garments that comply with OSHA standards for infectious disease control and general safety.  Non-latex gloves and masks will also be provided.  If you have special glove or mask needs, please bring them with you.

The School of Dentistry will provide instrument kits for the clinical sessions involving patient care.

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least 30 days before the program. If you cancel less than one month prior to the program a $100 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Push the button on the stationary box to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis (formerly the Commons Hotel), we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email ssommervold@graduateminneapolis.com with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus

Enrollment is limited to 24.


$325 dental hygienist, dental therapist

$425 dentist


7 hours

Minnesota Credits
7 fundamental


8:30 AM to 4:45 PM


Lynda J. Young Conference Room
(6-410 Moos HS Tower)
Minneapolis Campus

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