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Continuing Education for Dentists and Dental Hygienists
Dentistry CE
AGD Accredited Continuing Education for Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and other Dental Professionals

Pharmacology of Local Anesthetics and Sedation for the Dental Office – 4 CE

Activity Overview

Gain a foundational understanding of the mechanisms of pain, the function and pharmacology of common local anesthetic agents used in dentistry, and factors to consider when selecting a local anesthetic for managing perioperative dental pain.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the mechanism of pain perception
  2. Describe how local anesthetics function in the body
  3. Identify safe and effective local anesthetics for managing perioperative dental pain
  4. Discuss issues related to the safe handling and storage of local anesthetics
  5. Describe ways to reduce needle-insertion pain
  6. Discuss the process for reversing soft-tissue anesthesia
  7. Describe risk factors and precautions related to the administration of local anesthetics

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support.

Delivery Type

Home Study Monograph



4.0 Contact Hours



Target Audience

Community Dental Health Coordinator
Dental Hygienist
Dental Labs
Dental Technician
Expanded Function Auxilliary
Expanded Function Dental Assistant
General Dentist
Registered Dental Asisstant

Activity Type

Contains case-based material


Dental Board of CA No. RP5822
FL Board of Dentistry No . 50-20641
CE Broker No. 20-654269


Jonas Ashbaugh, DDS



Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

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Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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