Yankee Dental Congress




Let’s Cut to the Chase: Human Cadaver Dissection for Local Anesthesia

  • Friday 2/1/2019
  • Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Course Code: 408RH
  • Cost: $899
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 052 B
  • Credits: 4 CE Hours
Alan Budenz, DDS, MS is a professor in the department of biomedical sciences, as well as the vice chairman of diagnostic sciences and services at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry.
Mel Hawkins, DDS is a diplomate of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and founding Director of the Intravenous Sedation, Continuing Education Program at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and was the Founding Director of the Intravenous Sedation Program at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry.
Attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn detailed anatomy of the pterygomandibular triangle and pterygomaxillary fossa. The dissections target increased understanding and higher success rates for the administration of local anesthesia injections in these “dental injection” spaces. The techniques reviewed include the Vazirani-Akinosi closed mouth mandibular block, the Gow-Gates high ramus mandibular block, and the V2 palatine approach maxillary quadrant block. Various other techniques, by request, will also be discussed, demonstrated, dissected, and practiced with a team approach of the instructors and the attendees working together. A short lecture segment will precede each topic. Skulls, local anesthesia armamentarium, cadaver heads, dissection instruments, and two instruction reference handouts will be provided.
In this course attendees will:
  • Identify by dissection where and how to best give block anesthesia injections in the maxilla and the mandible
  • Review by structure identification the landmarks and variables of local anesthesia needle placement
  • Practice and perform injections on cadavers
  • Isolate, remove, and examine the TMJ, condyle, and condylar capsule
  • Learn, landmark, and perform lingual infiltration
  • Trace the mandibular nerve(s) and the branches from the foramen ovale inferiorly
  • Visualize the anatomy directly in the dissected regions
  • Answer the question: Where am I going wrong anatomically with my injection techniques?
This course is also offered on Saturday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 601SH
Recommended Audience: Dentist, Hygienist

Handouts are available for this course. Download Now

The Septodont grant has been applied to this course.

Supplies Needed: A headlamp, either on their loupes or separate, an anatomy atlas or reference (optional), one anesthetic syringe (optional)



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