This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.
Perhaps no other advancement has altered the provision of dentistry than the development of safe and effective local anesthesia. Dental practitioners and patients have benefited from increasingly safe and effective agents for the control of surgical pain.
In part one of the course, the history of local anesthetics is reviewed with a focus on the reasons why early solutions were inadequate, and what prompted the search for better agents. Four important pharmacological principles are discussed and the clinical relevance described: pKa, lipid solubility, protein binding, and vasodilatory activity. The maximum dosages and indications for currently available local anesthetic formulations are presented. Additional topics discussed are: safety of local anesthetics during pregnancy and lactation, and the signs and symptoms or local anesthetic overdose and strategies for management.
In part two of the course, considerations for conventional inferior alveolar nerve block are discussed. Many factors can influence the success or failure of the IANB, and achieving consistent positive outcomes can be challenging. By reviewing local factors such as pH/pka, influence of fear and anxiety, and anatomic landmarks and variability, practitioners can gain confidence in their clinical knowledge and technique.
Description of Speaker:
Jason H. Goodchild, DMD is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his dental training at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine where he still holds a faculty position as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine.
He is also Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Diagnosis in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Goodchild has published numerous articles on the topics of enteral sedation, oral medicine, and pharmacology. He has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and American Association for Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, and Quintessence International. He has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
- Understand the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of currently available local anesthetic formulations
- Be capable of calculating maximum doses of currently available local anesthetic formulations
- Understand the signs and symptoms of local anesthetic overdose
- Understand which local anesthetics are safest to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Better appreciate anatomy of the pterygomandibular space and how it impacts mandibular anesthesia success
Dr. Goodchild declares that neither he nor any member of his family have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program nor have a financial interest in any commercial products or services discussed in this course.
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This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 1.5 hours of verifiable CPD.
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or in any specific technique or procedure. The instructional materials are
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skill and judgment of a trained health care professional.
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