Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute - Local Anesthesia

Local Anesthesia

This course is designed to expand your basic dental hygiene knowledge in pain control and provide additional didactic information and clinical experience in administration of local anesthetic agents to clinical competency. The course includes fundamentals of local anesthetic science and administration techniques for clinicians to achieve entry-level clinical proficiency in their day to day practice.

Instructional methods include online pre-study assignments with the onsite lecture and clinical portion occurring over four days (approx. 30 hours). The online pre-study requires no less than 10 hours of independent study. Course evaluation/assessment will be done through written pre-tests and post-tests, lab feedback and proficiencies, and Mock Board testing.

This course provides a Certificate of Completion for forty (40) hours.

Textbook required: Bassett, K., DiMarco, A., & Naughton, D. (2010). Local Anesthesia for Dental Professionals. Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 9780131589308. (Note: this is the 1st Ed. The 2nd Ed. is pending.)
Optional Packaged Bundle with companion DVD: Royer & Paarmann. (2012). Techniques for Successful Local Anesthesia DVD. ISBN-13: 9780132864992.
Textbook cost: Approximately $85.

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Students must purchase their own textbook, readily available at several online sources such as Pearson Education,,, Barnes &

Access to course materials will be provided via the online system approximately two weeks before the start of the course.

ALL students must furnish their own appropriate lab coat and safety glasses based on OSHA guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

PPE – lab coat must be long enough to cover street clothes - knees to neck to wrists. Knit cuffs preferred, closed at neck (not open v-neck).



Mailing Address:
Pacific Northwest
Dental Hygiene Institute
Attn: Dental Hygiene Department
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498

WREB Information

Washington Department of Health Dental Hygiene Licensing

Monica Hospenthal
Program Director/Professor
RDH, M.Ed.