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Pain control is central to enabling clinicians to provide dental treatment and to reduce the suffering of patients. In the last century, there has been a tremendous increase in our understanding of pain and how it is mediated. This has progressively led to the availability of a wider range of techniques and drugs to minimise or eliminate pain. This course examines these different techniques and drugs and gives the dentist the opportunity to actually perform advanced local anaesthetic techniques.
- The physiology of pain.
- The pharmacology and prescribing of analgesics in the Dental Office:
- Local Anaesthesia:
- Advanced Local Anaesthesia techniques:
- (Higher) Inferior alveolar nerve block.
- Gow-Gates mandibular nerve block.
- Incisive (mental) nerve block.
- Akinosi-Vazirani mandibular nerve block.
- Infra-Orbital nerve block.
- Use of the wand to allow the following techniques:
- Anterior Middle superior alveolar nerve block (AMSA).
- Palatal Approach to AMSA.
- Understand how pain is transmitted throughout the body.
- Understand how the different classes of analgesics work.
- Understand how to prescribe analgesics appropriately.
- Understand the pharmacology and local anaesthetics.
- Appreciate how anatomical variations affect local anaesthesia.
- Revise techniques to minimise patient discomfort during injections.
- Learn and apply advanced local anaesthesia techniques.
- Gain experience with a computerised local anaesthesia administration system.
Pain control is central to the practice of dentistry. There is no procedure in dentistry that will earn your patients’ gratitude more than effectively controlling their pain.
During the practical session, participants will be able to apply advanced local anaesthetic techniques on each other including the Wand. It is essential that all participants wishing to perform any procedure on a colleague in a learning environment are registered dental professionals in Australia.