Local Anesthesia: A Hands-on Training Program

Local Anesthesia Training Program

Monday-Wednesday, April 29-May 1, 2019

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

Learn How To

  • Locate anatomic landmarks for each injection site
  • Select appropriate local anesthetic agents for each patient
  • Adjust the use of local anesthesia when medical contraindications or concerns are present
  • Prevent, recognize and manage complications associated with local anesthesia
  • Detect 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, inferioralveolar, lingual, buccal, Gow-Gates, PDL and Intraseptal

Designed For

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.

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, video, demonstration, discussion, 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 7:30 AM on Monday. 
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration on Monday and on each subsequent day. 
  • The program will run from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM on Monday and Tuesday, and from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM on Wednesday. 
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks 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

Clinic attire must include long pants and closed-toe leather shoes. If you prefer to wear clinical scrubs, feel free to do so, although it is not required. 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. Also bring loupes, glasses, or other eye protection with side shields. Safety goggles will be available.

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 $395 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.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order 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.


$895 dental hygienist

A $395 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due by April 1, 2019.

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
24 fundamental
1 core (Management of Medical Emergencies)


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


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

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