Local Anesthesia for Today’s Dental Hygienist
Certification Course


Today’s dental hygienist must be knowledgeable in all aspects of the hygiene profession including providing local anesthesia administration to provide comfort to the dental patient. Presented by the *ADA CERP recognized University of Florida Office of Continuing Dental Education and utilizing University of Florida faculty, this course provides the participant with the mechanics to create a positive patient environment with competent pain and anxiety management.

All aspects of local anesthesia are explored from pharmacology to anatomy and managing all dental patients requiring local anesthesia. Special emphasis is placed on administering anesthesia to a periodontal patient. Practice management aspects are provided with “pearls” to utilize quality local anesthesia administration by the dental hygienist as a practice builder involving today’s demanding patient.

As with any hands-on training course, the participant should realize that competency, and ultimately proficiency, in the administration of local anesthesia requires repeated administration and periodic self-reeducation.

Participants are required to actively engage in gaining patient experience. Therefore, consult with a physician for controlled blood pressure and overall health.

*ADA CERP Recognized Provider

Only providers that can meet ADA CERP standards and procedures are granted approval and are authorized to use the ADA CERP logo and recognition statement. Once approved, providers are held accountable for maintaining those same high standards through periodic reevaluation.


The goals of this class are to assist the dental hygienist to become:

  • Knowledgeable in the use and administration of local anesthetics in all aspects of dentistry including periodontal patients
  • Knowledgeable in the pharmacology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry and anatomy related to the administration of local anesthetics in a practical common sense approach
  • Knowledgeable and competent in the physical and psychological evaluation of the patient prior to receiving local anesthetic or dental treatment
  • Knowledgeable in the side effects, complications and the management of those problems associated with local anesthetics to maintain safety as a priority


At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be trained in:

  • Scope of pain and anxiety control
  • Neurophysiology
  • Pharmacology of local anesthetics and vasoconstrictors
  • Armamentarium
  • Physical and psychological evaluation
  • Anatomic considerations, clinical application and supplemental injection techniques
  • Local and systemic complications


  • Students are required to be licensed dental hygienists in good standing.
  • Students must complete all online trainings at least 2 weeks before the class start date.
  • Students are required to receive local anesthesia injections as a part of the course.
  • Students must possess up to date CPR certification and provide a copy before the class begins.
  • If a student is medically unable to receive an injection, they must provide medical documentation from a physician to be given exemption from local anesthesia injection.
  • The course is held at University of Florida’s College of Dentistry in Gainesville, FL.
  • Our phone number is 352-273-8480 and email is admin-cde@dental.ufl.edu if you need to contact us.


  • Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, MEd, Director – Course Director, Department of Periodontics (Faculty Website)
    • “I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

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Registration Information


August 16-18, 2024
October 25-27, 2024
December 13-15, 2024

Schedule & CEU

1:00PM – 6:00PM
8:00AM – 5:00PM
8:30AM – 5:00PM

Networking Lunch Provided

Credit Hours:
60 CEU (Participation)


30 Participant Limit

Continuing Dental Education

Thank You

Continuing Dental Education at UFCD expresses appreciation to Florida Probe and PerioSciences for unrestricted educational grants, which helped make this course possible.

Cancellation Policy