A one day course presented by the Dental Hygiene Program

Making Local Anesthesia Stick, a review of the clinical pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors.

Get an overview of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents while earning 3 CEUs with Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P., pharmacist and lecturer of dental pharmacology and local anesthesia.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Central Campus in Blue Bell
Science Center, room 213
340 DeKalb Pike

Day of schedule

8:30 - 9 a.m. — Event registration

9 a.m. to noon — Educational program

Program cost

The program fee is $50.00*.

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Ninety-four percent of the registration cost supports student scholarships and is tax deductible.


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Program Information

Due to their potential for producing life-threatening systemic adverse reactions, a thorough knowledge of the pharmacological and clinical properties of local anesthetic agents is essential for their safe and effective use. This program will provide participants with an overview of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents. Special emphasis will be given to those agents commonly administered in dental practice and patient management techniques necessary with specific disease states.

Please note:

33.402. Continuing education subject areas.

(f) A dental hygienist who holds a local anesthesia permit shall complete three of the required 20 hours of continuing education in courses related to the administration of local anesthesia, including pharmacology or other related courses.

Learning Objectives

The participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic concepts of neurophysiology and nerve conduction and the mechanism of action of local anesthetic agents.
  2. Differentiate between the two major classes of local anesthetic agents with respect to their distribution, metabolism and routes of excretion.
  3. Discuss the rationale for the use of vasoconstrictors in local anesthetic solutions and their potential effects in common organ system disease states.
  4. Specify the various local aesthetic agent combinations most commonly used in dentistry and the rationales for their use in specific clinical situations.
  5. Discuss general adverse effects, contraindications and pedodontic considerations with the use of local anesthetics.

About the Instructor

Thomas Viola

In addition to his daily practice of the profession of pharmacy, Thomas Viola also serves the professions of dentistry and dental hygiene as an educator, professional speaker and published writer in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia. Tom is a member of the faculty of seven dental hygiene programs throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he also serves as a pharmacology expert and consultant to the State Board of Dentistry. Tom is a regular contributor to several dental professional journals and has presented hundreds of continuing education courses to practicing dental professionals, both nationally and internationally.