Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification Course  |  January 5–8, 2017

dental hygienists performing local anesthesia injection

This special course is designed for licensed dental hygienists as part of the requirement to apply for the Dental Hygiene local anesthesia permit. It is taught by the expert faculty at Mount Ida College’s Dental Hygiene Program and is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Accreditation.

The coursework includes small-group clinical instruction and individual clinical practice at Mount Ida’s state-of-the-art dental clinic, as well as an online component that includes:

  • 4 hours of online preparatory work
  • 16 hours of classroom instructions and injection sim-lab
  • 16 hours of hands-on clinical experience administering approximately 20 injections
  • 1:4 instructor/student ratio.
  • Classes are from 8:00am to 5:00pm over a four-day period.
  • An online practice study tool for taking the CDCA (formerly NERB) exam.

You’ll administer the following injections:

  • Anterior superior alveolar field block
  • Middle superior alveolar field block
  • Posterior superior alveolar nerve block
  • Infraorbital nerve block
  • Greater palatine nerve block
  • Nasopalatine nerve block
  • Inferior alveolar nerve block
  • Buccal nerve block
  • Mental/incisive nerve block
  • Partial lingual nerve block
  • Infiltration

    This course covers state mandated topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology of local anesthetics and adjunctive medicines
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Drug selection
  • Local dental anesthesia instruments and techniques
  • Emergency prevention and management
  • Local anesthesia regulatory issues
  • Treatment planning
  • Record Keeping


This course fulfills the continuing education requirement for the local anesthesia permit application and a certificate for 38 CEU’s will be awarded upon successful completion and you will be eligible to apply for board examination and licensure to administer dental local anesthesia in states using the CDCA exam.

Since individual states have specific requirements, you are urged to check on a state-by-state case.

To learn more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).