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Biomedical Technician Program

Local Anesthesia Refresher & Recertification for Dental Hygienists

KYBOD Course Approval: KBD0176

Course Description

This course is designed to review and improve the clinical skills of giving local anesthesia and administering nitrous oxide. This course is half lecture and half clinical based practicing all dental blocks. Attendees will get one-on-one guidance with all injections. This course is approved by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry and includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction. Participants will work in groups and inject local anesthesia on each other. Successful completion of the course results in meeting the education requirements for local anesthesia credentialing in Kentucky KAR 8:56 2E, Section II. This course also satisfies the requirements for the Kentucky State Dental Practice Act for dental hygienists who have let their local anesthesia license lapse.

Educational Objectives

  • Review the local anesthesia armamentarium, including dose calculations
  • Relate the anatomy of the oral soft tissue, the maxilla, mandible, cranial nerves and blood vessels to the delivery of local anesthetics.
  • Competently demonstrate common block and infiltration injection techniques to anesthetize the various regions of the oral cavity.

Course Location

MedQuest College Dental Hygiene Clinic 10400 Linn Station Road, Suite 221, Louisville, KY 40223 Free parking is provided in front of the Atrium Center. The dental hygiene clinic is located on the second floor.

Dress Code

Professional office scrubs, closed-toed shoes, and crew-length socks should be worn. MedQuest College will provide PPE including disposable gowns, gloves, masks, and eye protection, as well as any necessary procedural equipment.

*Note: Failure to not be in proper dress code will result in dismissal from the course. No refunds will be issued due to dismissal from the course due to dress code issues.

Course Fee

Tuition: $500

Tuition is payable via check or credit card to MedQuest College – Please call 502-242-0068 to make payment. Tuition includes a continental breakfast, lunch, all needed materials for the course, and the certificate of completion, granted the student passes all course requirements. *Tuition must be received a minimum of one week prior to the course date. Pre-registration is always required.

Refund Policy

A full refund, less a $50 processing fee, will be issued for all cancellations at least one week prior to the course date. Refunds cannot be given for cancellations within one week or after the course starting date. Please note that a request must be received via email before a refund may be processed.


  • 7:30 am | Registration
  • 8 am | Introduction
  • 8:15 am | Local Anesthesia Armamentarium, LA Dosage Calculations/Record Keeping
  • 8:45 am | Anatomical Considerations of Maxillary Injection Techniques
  • 9:30 am | Infiltration, Greater Palatine, Nasopalatine, PSA and Infraorbital Injection
  • 12:30 pm | Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30 pm |  Anatomical Considerations of Mandibular Injection Techniques
  • 2 pm |  Inferior Alveolar, Mental and Long Buccal Injections

Intended Audience

Licensed Dental Hygienists wishing to seek recertification or additional training in local anesthesia.

Course Presenters

Course Director: Mr. Garrett B. Westerfield, RDH, MAE
Mr. Westerfield is the Dental Hygiene Clinic Lead at MedQuest College. Mr. Westerfield graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Mr. Westerfield practiced clinical dental hygiene for a number of years in the Louisville and Lexington areas, and still actively works throughout the year. He was an adjunct faculty at ATA College where he taught Orofacial Anatomy. Mr. Westerfield earned his Master of Arts in Adult Education from Western Kentucky University. He worked full-time as the Clinic Coordinator at Bluegrass Community & Technical College prior to joining MedQuest College’s Dental Hygiene Program. Mr. Westerfield is the course director for Microbiology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Interpersonal Communications, Head & Neck Anatomy, Dental Anatomy & Histology, General & Oral Pathology, Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene, Dental Materials, Pain Management, and all clinical courses. He holds an active Kentucky dental hygiene license, and is certified in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, laser debridement, and holds general supervision privileges. Mr. Westerfield is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and currently serves as the President for the Kentucky Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Course Instructors Dr. Jennifer Board, DMD Mrs. Jamie Ely, RDH, MPH, MedQuest College Dental Hygiene Program Director All MedQuest College Faculty are licensed practitioners in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and have no relevant financial relationship to disclose pertaining to this course.

– These courses are not included in MedQuest College’s ABHES grant of accreditation.

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