It’s New, But Is It Any Better? An Update on Local Anesthesia Pharmacology and Techniques:

This lecture is designed for anyone who wishes to expand their understanding of the pharmacologic agents and delivery techniques of local anesthesia in the context of providing your patients with the most comfortable and efficient anesthesia experience possible. A range of new anesthetic products and techniques, some already available and some still in development, will be presented, including needle-free and infiltration delivery of local anesthetics, compounded topical anesthetics, buffering of anesthetics, and anesthetic reversal agents. And ultimately, which of these agents and techniques will best enable us to problem solve the anesthesia difficulties we all encounter in our clinical practices?

Learning Objectives:
- Discuss the science and effectiveness of new anesthetic delivery systems versus traditional methods.
- Describe alternative techniques for delivering local anesthetic agents to address difficult anesthesia problems.
- Logically problem solve inadequate anesthesia situations or adverse reaction complications that may occur.

Alan Budenz

Alan Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA

Dr. Alan Budenz is professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and is Vice Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. He received his graduate degree in Anatomy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He has more than 35 years of general practice experience in San Francisco, has served as a clinical group practice administrator and as chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Emergency Services, and is a general dentistry clinical floor instructor at Pacific, as well as teaching anatomy courses at Pacific since 1984. Due to his background, he is well qualified to combine basic anatomical instruction with practical clinical applications for dentists and dental auxiliaries alike. He has lectured internationally on local anesthesia, oral medicine, cariology, and the anatomical basis of dentistry topics, and for each consecutive year, from 2005 – present, has been recognized as an Annual Leader in Dental Continuing Education by "Dentistry Today".

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