“I can’t get my patients numb!” – Course for Dentists and Dental Therapists
Thursday 9th October 2014, The Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre, Cambridge University Hospitals Biomedical Campus
Mr Malcolm Cameron, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Clinic 8, Cambridge University Hospital
Mr Roger Gray, Consultant Otolaryngologist, Cambridge University Hospital
Mr Prem Nair, Specialist Oral Surgeon, Clinic 8, Cambridge University Hospital
Mr Andrew J Barber, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Specialist in Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Clinic 8, Cambridge University Hospital and The Terrace Dental Centre, Newmarket, Suffolk.
Thanks to all the delegates for attending. Delegates travelled from Ely, Bury St Edmunds, Bishop’s Stortford, Holt and as far as Derby to attend the course.
I thought the day comprehensively covered:
- The history of local anaesthesia.
- The relevant anatomy of the Trigeminal nerve.
- The controversial issue of true allergy to local anaesthetic.
- Contemporary injection techniques
- Applied pharmacology of local anaesthetics
- Pathological and psychological reasons for anaesthetic failures.
I tried to make my lecture on “The Applied Pharmacology of Local Anaesthetics” relevant and understandable to general dentists. As well as discussing mechanisms of action and the relevance of the physiochemical properties of anaesthetics, I hope the personal tips on pain control and anaesthesia in Endodontics were useful. Modern concepts of keeping the anaesthesia minimally invasive where possible were discussed and I shared my own preferences for anaesthesia for dental implant surgery and specialist periodontal surgery.
Thanks to Dr. Sonal Patel at The Terrace Dental Centre, Newmarket, Suffolk for the loan of the specialised computer controlled dental anaesthesia system “The Wand” which, with practice is able to give painless injections. Single tooth anaesthesia is said to be possible and this is popular with all patients, particularly those anxious about conventional dental injections.
I would be happy to forward any particular aspects of my talk to interested delegates if they get in contact via the website.