The Use of Periodontal Ligament Injections

Periodontal ligament injections can help achieve the anesthesia necessary for successful dental treatment. By Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD, and Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd

A Regulatory Look at Nitrous Oxide Delivery

The dental hygiene scope of practice regarding the use of N2O-O2 differs from state to state. By Diana Aboytes, RDH, MS

Providing Conscious Sedation

Nitrous Oxide delivery is an important facet of pain management during dental procedures. By Diana Aboytes, RDH, MS, and Jason R. Flores, DDS, RN, DADBA, DNDBA, FADSA

Topical Anesthetics for Dental Hygiene Procedures

Alternative pain control modalities offer soft tissue anesthesia, providing clinicians with additional options. By Kathryn Bell, RDH, MS

Managing Pain

Many options are available when choosing the most appropriate injectable local anesthetic for dental patients. By Kathryn Bell, RDH, MS

Considering the Two-Stage Injection Technique

While many oral health professionals prefer this technique, the evidence supporting its efficacy in reducing pain response is limited. By Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS

Maximize the Benefits of Computer-Controlled Local Anesthesia Delivery

Fluid pressure and tissue type play important roles in the success of this pain management approach.
By Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd, and Art DiMarco, DMD

Alternative Injection Techniques

The use of the infraorbital, anterior middle superior alveolar, and maxillary nerve blocks provide safety and efficiency benefits during the administration of local anesthesia.
By Kathryn Bell, RDH, MS, and Gail Aamodt, RDH, EPDH, MS

The Search for Consensus

Even though dental hygienists have been successfully administering local anesthesia for more than 40 years, consensus on national education standards and utilization guidelines has yet to be achieved. By Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS, and Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd

Sedation of the Pediatric Patient

The use of sedation and general anesthesia may make the treatment of children who cannot tolerate dental care possible.
By Cara J. Riley, DMD, MS

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