Are Your Patients Getting Comfortably Numb? An Update and Review of Local Anesthesia Techniques and Pharmacology

  • Wed, Oct 20, 2021 | 2:00 PM - Wed, Oct 20, 2021 | 9:00 PM

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October 20, 2021 
Tuesday 2:00pm-9:00pm 
$99 for Members                                         
$149 Non-Members
$79 Auxiliaries & Retired Members 
Free for Dental Students & Residents


 Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA

Course Description:

This lecture is designed for dentists and hygienists who wish to expand their understanding of the newest pharmacologic agents and delivery techniques of local anesthesia. A wide range of both maxillary and mandibular block techniques will be emphasized. Safe and efficient block techniques for complete quadrant anesthesia of the maxilla and mandible, such as the Gow-Gates mandibular division nerve block and the Greater Palatine Canal maxillary division nerve block techniques, will be reviewed in the context of recognizing and anesthetizing accessory nerve pathways. The controversy surrounding the use of articaine and prilocaine for block anesthesia injections will be addressed, and management of possible complications and injuries related to the delivery of oral local anesthesia, such as paresthesia, are discussed. Use of alternative anesthesia modalities, such as topical anesthetic formulations, anesthetic buffering and reversal, and computerized delivery systems, to obtain either primary or secondary anesthesia are also presented.

Dr. Budenz presents practical, useful information that can be directly applied to clinical practice in an informal, interactive style.

Learning Objectives: 

Dentists and dental hygienists attending this presentation should expect to return to their practices with an increased appreciation for the causes of local anesthesia failures and the knowledge to overcome these failures, and a greater sense of ease in recognizing and managing unexpected side effects and complications 

  • Have a thorough understanding of the pharmacology of available local anesthetic agents, including their advantages, disadvantages, and safety profiles
  • Have an appreciation of the anatomical basis of numerous local anesthetic injection techniques, and their advantages and disadvantages in practice
  • Be knowledgeable about multiple techniques for obtaining profound anesthesia of both maxillary and mandibular teeth
  • Be better able to assess and manage complications that may occur in the delivery of local anesthesia, and be better able to avoid them when possible
  • Be aware of new techniques and armamentarium recently available for the delivery of local anesthetics



    • Welcome & Introduction           2:00 - 2:05 PM
    • Lecture 1                                  2:05 - 3:35 PM
    • Q & A / Break                            3:35 - 3:45 PM
    • Lecture 2:                                  3:45 - 5:15 PM
    • Dinner                                        5:15 - 5:45 PM
    • Lecture 3:                                   5:45 - 7:15 PM
    • Q & A / Break                              7:15 - 7:30 PM
    • Lecture 4:                                    7:30 - :900 PM
    • Conclude                                     9:00 PM


Dr. Budenz is professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. He received his graduate degree in Anatomy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He has more than 40 years of general practice experience in San Francisco, has served as clinical group practice administrator and chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Emergency Services and as a general dentistry clinical instructor at Pacific, as well as having taught anatomy courses at Pacific since 1984. He has lectured internationally on local anesthesia, oral medicine, cariology, and the anatomical basis of dentistry topics, and every year since 2005, he has been recognized as an Annual Leader in Continuing Dental Education by "Dentistry Today".

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