Local Anesthesia Refresher: A Hands-on Review

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 injections problems. Come away with new skills to utilize the Gow/Gates injection technique as an alternative to the traditional mandibular block injection. You will also learn how factors such as age, weight, and medical considerations affect anesthetic dosing and interact with the newer anesthetic agents.
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Learn How To

  • select the appropriate anesthetic based on your patients’ medical history
  • 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

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

  • maxillary injections: supraperiosteal, anterior superior alveolar, middle superior alveolar, posterior superior alveolar, nasopalatine, greater palatine
  • mandibular injections: supraperiosteal, mental/incisive, inferior alveolar/L/B, Gow/Gates


Injection techniques will be practiced on each other & manikins. Pregnant women and participants with other medial conditions that prevent them from receiving local anesthetic may attend this course, but will practice on manikins and not receive injections.

Important Course Information

Currently, this course is scheduled 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 campus.

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstration, and clinical participation


Credits and Fees


$345 dental hygienist, dental therapist

$445 dentist


7 hours

Minnesota Credits

7 Fundamental Credit Hours

Includes CORE Subject Area:

  • Record Keeping



8:30 AM to 4:45 PM

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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 Expert

Miranda Drake, MSDH, RF, Clinical Assistant Professor & Interim Division Director,  Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Ms. Drake is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Master of Science, Dental Hygiene Education program. In 2015, while completing her graduate education, Ms. Drake was offered a clinical position at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry. Her career has consisted of a variety of activities—clinical hygiene, education, and research. Involved in multiple undergraduate courses and continuing education courses, Ms. Drake also enjoys conducting clinical research.

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