Local Anesthesia and Pain Control for the Dental Hygienist in the Community

Local Anesthesia and Pain Control for the Dental Hygienist in the Community

Course Description

The Indiana State Board of Dentistry allows the administration of local anesthetics as a permitted function of a licensed dental hygienist. This course will provide the required didactic and laboratory requirements for certification as set forth by the Indiana State Board of Dentistry.  It will include 15 hours of didactic and 14 hours of laboratory instruction. The dental hygienist will be required to be present on site for the entire 29 hours. Upon completion of the course, the student will be eligible to take the anesthesia component of the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) examination, a secondary requirement in applying for an Indiana Local Anesthesia Permit. This course is recommended for currently licensed dental hygienists. Continuing education credits will be granted.

Included in the course will be concepts and experiences in:

(1) Theory of Pain Control

(2) Selection of Pain Control Modalities

(3) Anatomy

(4) Neurophysiology

(5) Pharmacology of Local Anesthetics

(6) Pharmacology of Vasoconstrictors

(7) Psychological Aspects of Pain Control

(8) Systemic Complications

(9) Techniques of Maxillary and Mandibular Anesthesia

(10) Infection Control

(11) Local Anesthesia Medical Emergencies

Participants will act as live patients.

 A complete medical history will be mandatory.


The entire course will be conducted in the Indiana University Northwest Dunes Medical/Professional Building, 3400 Broadway Street, Gary, IN 46408.
A parking pass is not necessary (students may park in the lot on 33rd Avenue).

Local Anesthesia

Indiana Dental Law 828 IC 25-13-1-10.6 Administration of Local Dental Anesthetics by Dental Hygienists states: 

Sec. 10.6   (a) A licensed dental hygienist may administer local dental anesthetics under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist under IC25-14 if the dental hygienist has:

(1) completed board approved educational requirements, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency care training; and

(2) received a board issued dental hygiene anesthetic permit .

(b) Local dental anesthetics do not include nitrous oxide or similar analgesics.

Course Format

The course meets for four (4) sessions which are necessary to fulfill Indiana State requirements from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The course includes a textbook, printed materials, certification documents and laboratory supplies.  A minimum number of students are necessary to offer the course.  A refund can be expected if the course is canceled. Students must attend all four sessions. 

Course Instructors

Christopher Gall, DDS

Steven Holm, DDS

For More Information Contact:

Dawn Marciniak
Assistant to the Director of Dental Education
3400 Broadway Street
Gary, IN 46408
(219) 980-6770