Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Analgesia for Dental Hygienists

Session I: Friday-Sunday
This session will be presented online so you may participate from the comfort of your home or office!

Session II: Saturday-Sunday
This session will be held in person at the School of Dentistry.

Course Outline

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This course enables attendees to attend the lecture portion at home, online. Please review the schedule/outline for timing details.

Pre-Registration Requirements

The following must be submitted when registering:


  1. Copy of your Dental Hygiene license;
  2. Copy of your Liability Insurance; and
  3. Copy of your current CPR card (front and back).


Medical History

Print out and bring your completed medical history form with you on Day 4 (the first day you are at the School of Dentistry). Click here for the form »


Completion of assigned readings is expected prior to each class (refer to the course outline above). Either one of the following textbooks is acceptable:

Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 6th Edition, by Dr. Stanley Malamed; ISBN #9780323074131

Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist, by Demetra Daskalos Logothetis; 1st Edition (ISBN #978-0323073714) or 2nd Edition (ISBN #9780323396332)


*Registrants may purchase either textbook in new or used condition from any website of your choosing (e.g. Amazon, Ebay, Barnes & Noble, publisher's website, etc.)

Course Description

Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Analgesia for Dental Hygienists


This 5-day course has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry. KBD #0119

Please check with your state's board of dentistry requirements prior to registration.


This course is designed to provide the dental hygienist with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively administer block and infiltration anesthesia, as well as nitrous oxide analgesia. The course will include classroom and clinical instruction. Participants will work in groups of two or three and administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia on each other. The Kentucky Board of Dentistry has approved this course for 47 CEUs of which 32 hours will be didactic instruction and 15 hours will be clinical. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have completed the educational requirements for local anesthesia and nitrous oxide credentialing in Kentucky 201 KAR 8:562E, Section 11.



IMPORTANT: Attendees will be required to wear a mask when not eating or drinking. Additionally, attendees will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status OR proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test (PCR only) administered no more than 72 hours prior. A photo or copy of documentation is acceptable.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants should have an understanding of:


  1. The physiological mechanism of nerve conduction and how local anesthetics agents prevent impulse transmission.
  2. Location of hard and soft tissue landmarks associated with the various local anesthetic injections.
  3. Describe the neuroanatomy of the trigeminal
  4. Identify and assemble the armamentarium necessary for the administration of local anesthesia.
  5. Demonstrate correct use of local anesthetic armamentarium.
  6. Identify nerve, teeth, and soft tissue structures anesthetized with specific injections.
  7. Perform a physical and psychological evaluation with emphasis on patients to receive local anesthesia.
  8. Discuss the pharmacology of local anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors commonly used in dentistry.
  9. Calculate the maximum safe dose of local anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors for individual patients.
  10. Describe local and systemic complications that may occur with the administration of local anesthesia.
  11. Discuss the management of local and systemic complications that may occur with the administration of local anesthesia.
  12. Safely and effectively administer Anterior Superior Alveolar, Middle Superior Alveolar, Posterior Superior Alveolar, Nasopalatine, Greater Palatine, Inferior Alveolar/Lingual, Long Buccal, and Mental nerve block injections.
  13. Differentiate between anesthesia and analgesia.
  14. Discuss the pharmacology of nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation.
  15. List the beneficial and adverse effects of nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation.
  16. Identify the contraindications for nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation.
  17. Identify and demonstrate the use of equipment/armamentarium for nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation.
  18. Describe the three phases in administering nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation.
  19. Safely and effectively administer nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation.

*Important Course Information:

Attendance for all class (online) and clinical (ULSD) sessions is required. Completion of assigned readings from the assigned textbook is expected prior to each class. A definitive review of injection sites and techniques will be further developed through the use of lecture, videotapes, and hands-on exercises.

Each participant will be expected to be both an operator and patient, unless a medical condition precludes the safe administration of local anesthesia. If you are unable to participate as a partner during the clinical portion, you must provide a replacement.

Each participant is expected to professionally contribute to the course. This is demonstrated by attending class both online and in person, being on time, being prepared (coming to class with an awareness of the subject under discussion, wearing appropriate clinical attire, appropriately disinfecting, setting up and breaking down the operatory, following required infection control guidelines, evaluating medical histories of clinical partners, recording legal progress notes, etc.) and contributing to the class discussion.

Each participant must demonstrate competent administration of nitrous oxide sedation and local anesthesia for each of the stated injections according to state regulations. Each participant must successfully complete a comprehensive written examination covering coursework and clinical training in local anesthesia. A score of 75 or better is required.


Webinar: The online portion of this course will be presented through Microsoft Teams (Teams). ULSD CE will send instructions closer to the course date on how to log into Teams to participate. Attendees are not required to have a camera on their computer. You will need to be able to hear the lecture and ask questions either through a microphone on your computer or by dialing in on your phone.

Registration Information

This course is held in the summer. When a date has been confirmed, it will be listed in the course calendar.

Continuing Education

Lecture and Hands On: CEU(s) - 47.5

Education Method: Live Interactive Format


Didactic: 32 hours
Clinical: 15.5 hours

= 47.5 hours

Course Fee

Tuition: $1,300.00


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Please note: pre-registration is required. Day of registration is not available for this course.


ULSD employee discount: Please contact the CE office for information (5077).


Cancellation Policy:
We reserve the right to cancel, modify date, course content, program faculty and activities to accommodate scheduling conflicts. Pre-registered participants will be notified if a course will not be presented should circumstances warrant such action. In the event a course is cancelled, tuition will be refunded.

All registrations are subject to the ULSD Cancellation Policy.


This is a 'limited' attendance course.

ULSD must receive your written request for cancellation not later than four (4) weeks prior to course start date to process a refund. A 30% processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Course Registrants who are a 'NO-SHOW' forfeit course tuition.

Dress Code

Professional office scrubs, closed-toed shoes, and protective eye-wear.


Online & In Person (ULSD)
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
501 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40202

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Course Presenters

Course Director:


Rebecca H. Merke, RDH, DMD '92 Rebecca H. Mercke, RDH, DMD '92 is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnosis & Oral Health at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She is course director for the Dental Hygiene Program’s Physical Diagnosis and Medical Management and Periodontics courses and supervises the Dental Hygiene and DMD Recall Clinics. Dr. Mercke has also taught Immunology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Human Biology, Medical Terminology, and Academic Success Seminars. Her career in dentistry has exceeded 31 years and includes experience in private practice in Bluefield, Virginia and Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Mercke is a member of the American Dental Association.


Course Instructors: ULSD Faculty and Staff


All University of Louisville School of Dentistry Faculty are licensed practitioners in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and have no relevant financial relationship to disclose pertaining to this course.



The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.


The University of Louisville School of Dentistry designates this activity for 47.5 continuing education credits.