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Sinclair College

DEH 2503 Pain Control in the Dental Practice

Laboratory and clinical training in the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Dental Health Sciences
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: DEH 2402 AND DEH 2403 


  • Demonstrate clinical competency for outcomes one, three and four and correctly and safely administer each of the required injections on human subjects.
  • Describe the theory of pain and delineate the physiological and psychological aspects of pain sensation and its treatment.
  • Identify and apply appropriate infection control standards in the preparation, delivery, disposal and sterilization of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide armamentaria and supplies.
  • Assemble the armamentarium appropriate for local anesthetic delivery and demonstrate accepted techniques in local anesthetic administration.
  • Identify the various components of the nitrous oxide sedation unit and demonstrate the protocol for the induction, maintenance and discontinuation of nitrous oxide sedation on a human subject.
  • Outline the gross anatomy of the maxilla, mandible and closely associated structures and relate this information to the administration of local anesthesia in the oral cavity.
  • Summarize the evaluation criteria for the local anesthetic candidate and address potential concerns revealed by physical evaluation and the medical history questionnaire.
  • Delineate potential adverse local and systemic outcomes associated with the administration of local anesthetics and nitrous oxide and discuss the management of patients displaying complications and/or emergencies associated with these agents.
  • Discuss the criteria involved in the selection of an appropriate anesthetic agent including a patient's medical history, the procedure to be performed and the desired duration of anesthesia.

Credit Hours: 1

Lab Hours: 2