DATE: Sunday, November 10, 2019

TIME: Registration: 8:30 a.m.  |  Lecture: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry - Prince Hall, 11092 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350

TUITION: $195 DDS / $145 AUX

LUNCH: Will NOT be provided

CREDIT: This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 7 units of continuing education.

AGD Code: 340

Dr. Mel Hawkins
Mel Hawkins, DDS, BScD(AN), FADSA, DADBA

Anesthesia Services for Dentistry
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Understanding anatomical complexities of mandibular techniques by examining the structures and barriers within the pterygomandibular triangle is comprehensively covered and intertwined with the how-to applications of current and more advanced local anesthesia approaches.
The conventional IANB, the Akinosi and Gow-Gates mandibular blocks will all be updated, compared and contrasted, then presented in combination. Multi-tasking supplementation with infiltration and other tips and tricks, especially in the mandible, can achieve a synergistically higher success rate.
Questions that will be addressed include: What is within our control? What is not? What can we do about it? What are maximum doses for local anesthetics? For epinephrine? For adults but especially for children? What medications DO and DO NOT interact with vasoconstrictors? What's the CURRENT status of articaine and paresthesia, complete with scientific evidence to myth-bust the neurotoxicity issue!?


After this presentation attendees will be able to:

  • Appreciate the anatomy of local anesthesia.?
  • Understand the influence of tissue and the pH of the available products.
  • Multitask with combinations of techniques, suggested volumes, and make intelligent choices as to which local anesthetics and their vasoconstrictors might be used and when.
  • Apply tips and tricks learned by trial and error over 30+ years in private practice.
  • Evaluate intelligent (or not) present day use (or not) of articaine for traditional IAN and lingual nerve blocks. Will it continue to be a panacea or a problem?
  • Assess and critique case reports and respond to, "What would you do now, Doctor?"

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