Short course

Local Anaesthesia: A Refresher for Dental Practitioners


Local Anaesthesia: A Refresher for Dental Practitioners

This course aims to refresh and update your previous knowledge on the use of local anaesthesia. It is designed for dental practitioners who have foundation knowledge and skills in administering local anaesthesia in the dental environment.

This course is not suitable to expand the scope of practice of clinicians who have not previously trained in local anaesthesia.

Prerequisite - Must hold a current license to practice in Australia.

Local anaesthetics are the most commonly used drugs in dentistry. They are used in the prevention and management of pain during dental procedures. The anaesthetic agent used and the technique employed can have a significant impact on the comfort of the patient during clinical procedures.

Major Topics

  • Anatomy and neurophysiology.
  • Mechanism of action of local anaesthetic and vasoconstrictors.
  • Commonly used local anesthetic agents and calculating doses.
  • Armamentarium.
  • Injection techniques.
  • Considerations and contraindications in administering local anaesthesia.
  • Management of complications.

At the conclusion of the program participants should be able to:

  • Understand the pharmacology and mechanism of action of different local anesthetic agents
  • Select appropriate local anaesthetic agent, dependent upon patient’s medical history
  • Administer maxillary and mandibular injections
  • Manage local anaesthesia-related medical emergencies

Program Delivery

  • Online web lectures via Learning Management System, Canvas.
  • A short MCQ (multiple choice questions) to cement your knowledge on the lecture topics. An additional one hour of Scientific CPD is awarded.
  • Online Live Q&A Session for follow up questions and interaction with the presenters.
  • Hands-on Pre-clinical lab session to be held at the Melbourne Dental School, Ground Floor Preclinical Laboratory and the 1st Floor Clinic, 723 Swanston Street Carlton Vic 3053 
  • Clinic session: includes preparing and administering infiltration and inferior alveolar nerve block injections.
    Please note: Course participants will practice injection techniques on each other during this session.

IMPORTANT: The online content for this program, must be completed in full before attending the face-to-face hands-on sessions at the Melbourne Dental School on Wednesday 10 May 2023 (9.00am - 1.00pm)


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This course is proudly sponsored by:

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Course Presenters

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Dr Aovana TimmermanDr Aovana Timmerman

Dr Leanne Teoh

Ms Bree Jones Miss Bree Jones

Course Information

Key dates

Wednesday 10 May 2023

9.00am to 1.00pm


Online and Hands on face to face: $1,058 (inc GST) Online only

$265 (inc GST):


Melbourne Dental School

723 Swanston Street

Carlton VIC 3053

Extra information

CPD credit: 8 hours of scientific CPD