Dental Block Crash Course
Regional anesthesia and pain management are fundamentally important skills to successfully leverage on behalf of our dentistry and oral surgery patients. Despite these patients being under general anesthesia while undergoing procedures, there are inherent benefits to practicing techniques that will allow for the reduction of inhalant anesthesia, improve recovery and improve the patient’s comfort at the time of discharge. Anatomy of the face and mouth is complex. There are many locations and combination of locations where local anesthetics can be administered which will result in regional anesthesia. In this session, we will discuss commonly used local anesthetics, discuss methods to enhance the duration of action and review the anatomic landmarks needed to safely and efficaciously administer the blocks.
- 1. Describe the anatomic landmarks use for local block administration
- 2. Identify the toxic dose for the lidocaine family of drugs
- 3. Describe how mixing medications with local anesthetics may prolong the duration of action
- 4. Compare and contrast local block techniques and describe when each one is indicated