Pain Management: Troubleshooting for Local Anesthesia and Analgesia

Presented by: Dr. Peter J. Nkansah

RCDSO Expiry Date: April 23, 2022

To qualify as a Core Category 1 course, the course certificate must be issued no later than this date.

RCDSO CE Points: 3, Category 1

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  • Dr. Peter J. Nkansah B.Sc.(Hon.), M.Sc., D.D.S., Dip. Anaes., F.A.D.S.A.

    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry

    Dr. Peter Nkansah is a specialist in Dental Anaesthesia and maintains a private practice in Toronto. He is an Associate in dentistry and lecturer, University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, Discipline of Anaesthesia and Pharmacology as well as a member of the editorial board of the Oral Health Journal. Dr. Nkansah is currently an ACLS Course Director Advanced Life Support Education Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.

    Dr. Nkansah has presented on many topics including medical emergencies, sedation in dental offices and advanced local anaesthesia. He is Involved in Continuing Education departments at the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, and the Ontario Dental Association and has published many articles in Canadian dental journals.

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One of the ways that patients evaluate the quality of their dentist is by the effectiveness of their pain management. It’s no secret that there are plenty of pain-causing procedures in dentistry. Since avoidance of discomfort is not possible, its management is of paramount importance for favourable patient experiences and to reduce practitioner stress. This seminar will review how to avoid and correct local anaesthetic failures, particularly in the mandibular arch. From injection techniques to local anaesthetic agent choices, we will discuss ways to get your patients numb. This course will also discuss the effective management of post-operative pain from managing patient expectations to sensible pharmacologic strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review algorithms for troubleshooting local anaesthetic failures
  • Become more familiar with alternative mandibular block techniques
  • Review of alternate local anaesthesia armamentarium
  • Review the pharmacologic principles of analgesics
  • Review analgesia strategies
  • Review or create a pain management algorithm