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.
Dr Steven Parker completed his Dental degree (with honours) at the University of Queensland in 1985. He has since completed postgraduate diplomas in both oral surgery (Otago University 1997) and sedation and pain control (University of Sydney 2000).
Steven operates a referral based oral surgical practice in NorthWest Sydney where he provides treatment under General Anaesthesia, Intra-venous sedation, Inhalation sedation and Local Anaesthesia. He also provides IV sedation services to Dental Practices for nervous and phobic patients. Steven has been involved in post-graduate training and continuing education for over a decade and has lectured widely throughout Australia and overseas.
He also gives practical courses on Advanced Local Anaesthesia and Everyday Oral Surgery for General Practitioners and is a director on the Board of Hospital for Specialist Surgery.