Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Discuss the mechanism of nociception.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of local anesthetic agents.
  • Select the most effective and least toxic local anesthetic agent for perioperative pain management.
  • Discuss technical issues, sterilization, and storage of local anesthetic agents.
  • Discuss factors affecting needle-insertion pain and take preemptive action.
  • Discuss and implement reversal of soft-tissue anesthesia.
  • Discuss precautions related to the administration of local anesthetic agents.