Local Anesthesia for Today’s Dental Hygienist
Certification Course

August 9-11, 2024

November 1-3, 2024

December 6-8, 2024

Course Description

Today’s dental hygienist must be knowledgeable in all aspects of the hygiene profession including providing local anesthesia administration to provide comfort to the dental patient. Presented by the Periodontists Drs. Sam Low and Laura Braswell, this course provides the participant with the mechanics to create a positive patient environment with competent pain and anxiety management.

All aspects of local anesthesia are explored from pharmacology to anatomy and managing all dental patients requiring local anesthesia. Special emphasis is placed on administering anesthesia to a periodontal patient. Practice management aspects are provided with “pearls” to utilize quality local anesthesia administration by the dental hygienist as a practice builder involving today’s demanding patient.

As with any hands-on training course, the participant should realize that competency, and ultimately proficiency, in the administration of local anesthesia requires repeated administration and periodic self-reeducation.

Participants are required to actively engage in gaining patient experience. Therefore, consult with a physician for controlled blood pressure and overall health.

Requirements for Local Anesthesia

Purchase and Read – Local Anesthesia For Dental Professionals (2nd Edition) by Bassett, Di Marco and Naughton. Amazon.

Complete Online Coursework (Link found in digital enrollment receipt.)

Students are required to receive an injection of local anesthesia as part of this course. Being in good health is expected in order to receive injection, and blood pressure must be controlled. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from receiving local anesthesia, a note from a physician should be provided as an exemption.

This course is 60 hours which is what is needed and approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry. Virtual learning is provided by the University of Florida College of Dentistry.


The goals of this class are to assist the dental hygienist to become:

  • Knowledgeable in the use and administration of local anesthetics in all aspects of dentistry including periodontal patients
  • Knowledgeable in the pharmacology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry and anatomy related to the administration of local anesthetics in a practical common sense approach
  • Knowledgeable and competent in the physical and psychological evaluation of the patient prior to receiving local anesthetic or dental treatment
  • Knowledgeable in the side effects, complications and the management of those problems associated with local anesthetics to maintain safety as a priority


At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be trained in:

  • Scope of pain and anxiety control
  • Neurophysiology
  • Pharmacology of local anesthetics and vasoconstrictors
  • Armamentarium
  • Physical and psychological evaluation
  • Anatomic considerations, clinical application and supplemental injection techniques
  • Local and systemic complications

Prerequisites & Required Materials

2 weeks prior to the course you must have completed:

Purchase and Read – Local Anesthesia For Dental Professionals (2nd Edition) by Bassett, Di Marco and Naughton. Amazon

Complete Online Coursework (Link found in digital enrollment receipt.)

Local Anesthesia for Dental Professionals 


Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, M.Ed

Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, M.Ed, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; He is past President of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a current President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee.

Dr. Laura Braswell

Dr. Laura Braswell is a periodontist with Diplomate status and works with  Dental Specialists of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. She was on faculty at the Emory University School of Dentistry where she got her Periodontal training and currently teaches in the periodontal residency program at The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. She is the staff dentist for Zoo Atlanta, The Georgia Aquarium and several non-human primate facilities and  is an Honorary  Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. 


  • Students are required to be licensed dental hygienists in good standing.
  • Students must complete all online trainings at least 2 weeks before the class start date.
  • Students are required to receive local anesthesia injections as a part of the course.
  • Students must possess up to date CPR certification and provide a copy before the class begins.
  • If a student is medically unable to receive an injection, they must provide medical documentation from a physician to be given exemption from local anesthesia injection.
  • The course is held at 3280 Howell Mill Rd NW, Unit 331, Atlanta, GA 30327.
  • Our phone number is 813-444-1011 and email is tgoldman@amgoldman.com if you need to contact us.


  • Course Fees: $1895 Early Bird and $1995 is the Regular Price.
  • Our phone number is 813-444-1011 and email is tgoldman@amgoldman.com if you need to contact us.
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