The first portion of the program will discuss the means to make pain control both more effective and more comfortable for dental patients. This is followed by a review of the basics of emergency medicine for the dental office. Patients do not want to experience pain during their dental treatment. Fortunately, local anesthesia forms the backbone of pain control techniques in dentistry. Local anesthetics are the safest and most effective drugs for the prevention and management of pain. Yet, on occasion, achieving profound anesthesia painlessly can be challenging. In this program we will discuss the means to provide both more effective and more comfortable local anesthetic injections. Topics include: an algorithm for more successful mandibular anesthesia, buffering (the local anesthetic “on switch”), and articaine (dentistry’s newest and most interesting local anesthetic).
On successful completion of this program the enrollee should be able to:
• Discuss the algorithm for more successful mandibular anesthesia
• List three advantages of buffering local anesthetics
• Discuss the advantages of articaine HCl compared with other dental local anesthetics
Dr. Malamed is a dentist anesthesiologist and professor emeritus of dentistry, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers and 16 chapters in various medical and dental journals and textbooks in the areas of physical evaluation, emergency medicine, local anesthesia, sedation and general anesthesia.
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