Course Description

Learn to safely and effectively administer local anesthesia in a class taught by our supportive Dental Hygiene faculty.

Designed for working dental hygienists that require certification in local anesthesia as a condition of their license, this course provides both didactic and hands-on instruction for the use of local aesthetics by the dental hygienist. Eligible participants must hold a recognized diploma or degree in dental hygiene. Upon successful completion of this program (which will include both written and clinical evaluation) you will be eligible for a change in registration status by the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia. Our goal is that upon successful completion of this course, you will have the confidence and knowledge to safely, effectively and comfortably administer local anesthetics for dental procedures. 

This course will be delivered in Victoria, BC over two weekends. You will be given classroom and clinical instruction as well as time to practice the techniques. Participants will both deliver and receive local anesthetics in partners in the clinic sessions. During the clinical practice component (3 weeks between the 2-weekend sessions), you will be expected to practice your technique under the observation of a licensed dentist. Please complete arrangements for your clinical practice component with a licensed dentist.

Learner Outcomes

Topics in this course include:

  • Anatomy and Neurophysiology
  • Pharmacology of Anesthetics
  • Client Assessment 
  • Armamentarium
  • Safety Protocols
  • General Techniques 
  • Maxillary Injections
  • Mandibular Injections
  • Calculating Maximum Dose 
  • Post-Anesthetic Care
  • Local Complications
  • Systemic Complications
  • Documentation
  • Legislation


Any dental hygienist attending from outside of BC will need to contact the College of Dental Hygienists of BC to obtain a temporary registration in order to participate in the clinical component of the course.

Students must wear scrubs and closed-toed clinic shoes.

"Handbook of Local Anaesthesia 6th ed.", by s. Malamed ISBN-10: 0323074138. Available at online vendors such as Chapters or Amazon (approx. $100).

Pre-Work: Course preparation material will be mailed when you've registration. Registrants will be asked to obtain the course textbook, and then complete the associated reading and exercises prior to the first class.

Instructors: Camosun College Dental Hygiene 

This program qualifies for the StrongerBC future skills grant, which provides funding of up to $3500 per person for short-term skills training. Please visit the ProSIT StrongerBC page to confirm your eligibility and to learn how to apply.

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Supported by the Province of British Columbia

Course Details
Section Title
Local Anesthesia Dental Hygienist
Sa, Su
8:30AM to 4:30PM
Nov 04, 2023 to Nov 05, 2023
Nov 06, 2023 to Dec 01, 2023
Sa, Su
8:30AM to 4:30PM
Dec 02, 2023 to Dec 03, 2023
Schedule and Location
Total Course Hours
Course Fee(s)
tuition non-credit $1,595.00

Camosun College is located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia with campuses on the Traditional Territories
of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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