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.

*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

Prerequisites & Required Materials

You must complete everything on this list the Monday prior to the course.

  1. Canvas – You will be emailed instructions and link to access Canvas after registering for the course.
    • Complete all online modules and course assignments in Canvas.
  2. Documents – Complete and upload below to Canvas – You will be serving as both an operator and a patient, we need the following paperwork submitted in compliance with UFCD policies.
    • Copy of current License
    • Copy of current CPR/BLS card
  3. Purchase – Local Anesthesia For Dental Professionals (2nd Edition) by Bassett, Di Marco and Naughton
  4. Review – Course Curriculum Guide – UFCDE-Local_Anesthesia_Course Curriculum Guide

Local Anesthesia for Dental Professionals 

Local Anesthesia for Today's Dental Hygienist

Due to the extensive nature of the content, participants must complete all prerequisites, as well as the online and self-instruction material before attending the Live Hands-on Participation Weekend.

Program Format – due to the nature of the program registrations will close two weeks prior to the course. *Must attend the live weekend session, pass the written examination and finish all web-based, self-instruction and observational criteria to complete the program.


  • 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.”

Perio Science | Philips | Biolase | Florida Probe | Hu-Friedy

Registration Information


1PM-6PM | Didactic

8AM – 5PM | Clinical

8:30AM – 5PM | Clinical

*Networking Lunch Included


Early Bird*: $1,349
Regular: $1,499

Team Discount Available

30 Participant Limit

*Early Bird expires 1mo prior to course


Contact Hours:
60 CEU (Participation)

30 hr. didactic (5 hr. live and 25 hr. web-based & self-instruction)

30 hr. clinical (15 hr. live and 15 hr. observational)

Upcoming Course Dates

Gaineville, Fl

April 14-16, 2023

Friday: 1PM-6PM | Didactic
Saturday: 8AM – 5PM | Clinical
Sunday: 8:30AM – 5PM | Clinical

Course # 230006.05

Session Full

Gainesville, FL

June 9-11, 2023

Friday: 1PM-6PM | Didactic
Saturday: 8AM – 5PM | Clinical
Sunday: 8:30AM – 5PM | Clinical

Course # 230006.06

Session Full

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 effective January 1, 2019