CDA Presents workshop focuses on improving anesthesia rates

CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry is one of the top dental convention in the nation, providing stimulating C.E. opportunities from world-renowned speakers as well as 135,000 square feet of dental innovation.

CDA Presents in Anaheim on May 15-17 is going to be one of the most innovative professional conferences to date. An example of that is the Advance Local Anesthesia of the Oral Cavity and Maxillofacial Complex lecture/lab, which will be led by Mel Hawkins, DDS, BScD (AN), and Mark C. Paxton, DDS. The May 15 lab will offer attendees the opportunity for light, site-specific, hands-on human cadaver demi-head dissection, isolation, pathway tracing and identification of anatomical structures.

The goal: understand the complications and limitations of various advanced local anesthesia nerve blocks to the oral cavity and maxillofacial complex. Attendees also will learn about the anatomical limitations and considerations in the delivery of advanced local anesthesia nerve blocks to the oral cavity and maxillofacial complex.

“This is a natural educational format where we are dissecting the area where the needles are going into the patient and seeing the end location of the needle, this will help attendees improve their anesthesia success rate,” Hawkins said.

Del Brunner, DDS, chair of the CDA Presents Board of Managers, said the lab will be a good refresher of dental school.

"The benefit of a program like this is that dentists don’t get a chance to perform procedures quite like this after they complete their formal dental school education," Brunner said.

Hawkins works as a circuit lecturer on dentistry and anesthesia. With the Local Anesthesia course, he said he wanted to create something that was a natural evolution of freshman year anatomy in dental school and anesthesia training for dentists and specialists.

“Dentists, by nature, are very interested in anatomy for joint disorders or implantology or head anatomy for periodontics and the variety of disciplines. This course, which will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, gives them an opportunity, for the first time since dental school, to have a pure learning experience,” Hawkins said. “There is no exam, it’s a different and better learning atmosphere. We are right there with them and they get guidance all the way through.”

This is the second time the course has been offered at CDA Presents. In the spring of 2007 Hawkins conducted a similar lab, but said this one will be different because the content will be more evenly distributed between dissection and anesthesia.

“We have modified the course to emphasize more highly the local anesthesia part, although the dissection is very important, we have focused in more on the local anesthesia side of things. So it will probably be 50 percent dissection and 50 percent local anesthesia,” Hawkins said.

Other cadaver workshops at CDA Presents in Anaheim include the Oral Biopsy Techniques Lecture and Cadaver Workshop, led by Robert J. Achterberg, DDS, MS, and Mark C. Paxton, DDS; and Anatomy of the Masticatory System: Clinical Application and Human Cadaver Dissection, led by Hawkins and Henry A. Gremillion, DDS.

Through these workshops, attendees will gain a better understanding of some of the basic anatomical and histologic limitations to various biopsy procedures of the oral cavity and maxillofacial complex, and be able to better identify basic anatomical relationships in the head and neck region.

When registering for the three cadaver workshops, dentists not only gain personal and professional enrichment, but benefit financially as well. By selecting one cadaver workshop each day, they will automatically receive a $130 discount. The discount comes off the price of the Saturday course. Morning and afternoon options are available on Thursday and Friday while Saturday is an all-day workshop.

View additional information and register for these workshops here.