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Dental Hygiene Anesthesia Course

This course is designed to prepare the dental hygienist in the State of Connecticut to administer local anesthesia. The participant will be introduced to safe and effective administration of local anesthesia through lecture, laboratory, and clinical settings.


Due to Coronavirus Pandemic, this CE course is not offered in the Spring 2021 semester. A Fall 2021 course date is to be announced in future.

Schedule: Days One and Two, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Day Three, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fee: $1,100 (+$100 late registration fee)

Location: Fones School of Dental Hygiene

Required Resource: Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 7th Edition by Stanley Malamed, Elsevier Mosby, 2019.

  • ISBN: 9780323074131
  • Available at the UB Bookstore

Credit Hours: 28 Hours Total

  • 20 Hours Didactic (8 hours of study prior to course, 12 hours onsite)
  • 8 Hours Clinical

Participants will receive 20 hours of CE credit acceptable in the State of Connecticut.

Course content includes:

  • Rationale for pain management

  • Client management

  • Medical emergencies and review of essential anatomy

  • Physiology

  • Pharmacology of pain control agents

In addition, the participant will perform efficient techniques of pain management through local anesthesia on clinical partners under the supervision of qualified faculty. This course is designed to prepare the dental hygienist in the State of Connecticut to administer local anesthesia.

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a Certificate of Local Anesthesia acceptable in the State of Connecticut. It is the participant’s responsibility to investigate the portability of this course to another state’s licensing board as individual state rules and regulations change periodically.

Course Prerequisites

  • Current US or Canadian license/certification to practice dental hygiene (RDH)
  • Current certification in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer/Healthcare Provider
  • Current malpractice insurance
  • Proof of hepatitis B vaccine, titer or declination of vaccine
  • Completion of eight-hour self-study/didactic portion of course; Read textbook Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 7th edition, by Stanley Malamed, Elsevier Mosby, 2019.

Course Guidelines on Participation

Participants will be obligated to participate as a clinical patient. If you are pregnant, nursing, have high blood pressure, medically compromised, or are otherwise unable or unwilling to be a patient you must contact Fones School prior to the course to discuss accommodations.

Failure to successfully complete all course requirements and competencies voids certification and course refund. There is no credit for partial completion of course. Full course fee and updated documents will be required upon registration for a future course. Fones School of Dental Hygiene holds the right to cancel the course up to one week before the course. In the event that the course is canceled, registrants will receive full refund of tuition. Upon receipt of registration fee and submitted documentation, the participant will be emailed specific course information.

Clinical Instructors


Laura Greco

Laura Greco


Associate Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor, Fones School of Dental Hygiene

Wendy Garcia

Wendy Garcia


Associate Professor and Coordinator of DH Online Programs, Fones School of Dental Hygiene

Jennifer Boyce

Jennifer Boyce


Dental Administrator, Fones School of Dental Hygiene

*Cancellation and Refund Policy

The University of Bridgeport Fones School of Dental Hygiene reserves the right to alter dates, times, faculty, location and content and sequence of presentation for unanticipated faculty, student or college situations. In order to receive a refund, requests are to be made to Eileen Herlihy-Santiago at within 10 days of the course. A $25 processing fee is applied for all cancelations.