The use of benzocaine in infants and children can raise the risk of
methemoglobinemia—a dangerous and sometimes fatal condition.
By Laura J. Sleeper, RDH, MA, and Caitlyn Strubinger
While the rise in tooth decay among preschoolers has increased the
use of general anesthesia during restorative care, the financial and
societal costs are great.
By Susan L. Vogell, RDH, BS, MBA
Follow these strategies to improve the safety
of administering local anesthetic injections.
By Jacqueline J. Freudenthal, RDH, MHE
Effective psychological pain and anxiety management techniques can
help patients who are averse to needles and injections receive the dental
treatment they need.
By Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD; Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd; and Jackie Foskett, RDH, BA,CH
Clinicians can offer patients a number of options to reduce the pain and fear of local anesthetic injections.
By Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD, and Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd
Dental hygienists are well suited to administer local anesthesia to their patients, yet some state practice acts still limit or prohibit their provision of this important service.
By Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd; Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS; and Art DiMarco, DMD
Reap the benefits of computer-controlled local anesthesia delivery.
By Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd, and Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene speaks with noted expert Stanley F. Malamed, DDS, about overcoming obstacles in mandibular anesthesia.
Three steps to ensuring patient comfort during local anesthesia delivery.
By Gwen Essex, RDH, MS, EdD
Gwen Essex, RDH, MS, EdD, discusses pain control options for the dental hygienist.
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