- Basic concepts for the safe and effective practice of local anesthesia in dentistry are emphasized.
- Recent advances in science, technology, and pain control techniques are presented.
- Clear instructions for administering local anesthetics are accompanied by high-quality photographs and drawings to enhance the reader's understanding.
- Numerous boxes and tables are presented throughout to provide a quick reference and comparison of techniques, drugs, and dosages.
- In-depth discussions are provided on the anesthetic agents used in dentistry, along with their clinical actions.
- Dosage charts, injection techniques, information on duration of action, and contraindications for local anesthetics are included at the end of the book for quick reference.
- Step-by-step procedures and instructions for administering local anesthetics are provided.
- The proper care and handling of equipment are thoroughly covered, along with the problems that may be encountered.
- Information is provided on the requirements for pain control and local anesthesia within various dental specialties that require particular attention.
- Coverage includes electronic dental anesthesia and ultrasonics, as alternatives to the injection of drugs.
- A chapter on Legal Considerations mentions foreseeable complications related to the administration of local anesthetics and discusses the standard of care with regard to appropriate prevention and treatment.
- An all-new, full-color design includes vibrant illustrations and drawings.
- Comprehensive information is provided on Articaine, a highly debated local anesthetic recently approved by the FDA, that is gaining widespread use in the United States.
- Discussions of the armamentarium needed to succeed in local anesthesia delivery have been updated to reflect the latest available drugs and devices.
- Updated instructions for administering the various techniques of intraoral anesthesia are presented in consistent, step-by-step procedures.
- The New 2003 CDC Hand Hygiene Guidelines are provided to keep readers up to date on the latest standards of practice.
Part One: The Drugs
2. Pharmacology of local anesthetics
3. Pharmacology of vasoconstrictors
4. Clinical action of specific agents
Part Two: The Armamentarium
5. The syringe
6. The needle
7. The cartridge
8. Additional armamentarium
9. Preparation of the armamentarium
Part Three: Techniques of Regional Anesthesia in Dentistry
10. Physical and psychological evaluation
11. Basic injection technique
12. Anatomical considerations
13. Techniques of maxillary anesthesia
14. Techniques of mandibular anesthesia
15. Supplemental injection techniques
16. Local anesthetic considerations in dental specialties
Part Four: Complications, Legal Considerations, Questions, and Future Trends
17. Local complications
18. Systemic complications
19. Legal considerations
20. Future trends in pain control