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Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia


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Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia


Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia is designed to meet the State of Arizona’s Administrative Code for the teaching of administering local anesthesia and nitrous-oxide analgesia. This course is intended to help students successfully pass the written and clinical board examinations.
  • The didactic component is to be completed at students' own pace. 
  • Upon completion of the didactic portion, a time will be arranged for the student and their patient to come to the NAU Flagstaff campus for the hands-on lab portion. All materials will be supplied. The lab portion includes:
    • Final Exam
    • Administering injections
    • Administering nitrous oxide-oxygen

This course is not for credit. It is designed for licensed dental hygienists or dental hygiene students who have already completed Head & Neck Anatomy with a C grade or higher.


Course Modality: This course is offered online with an in-person lab portion. This course will utilize Canvas, an online learning management system. Upon registration, please visit your student dashboard to access Canvas.


Course Materials: Students will be required to purchase a textbook.


Course Instructor: Vicki Penna


Course Dates: This course is self-paced and offered year-round.


Cost: $1200


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Vicki Penna has been a dental hygienist for 30 years and has been teaching local anesthesia for 15 years.  Ms. Penna was appointed by Governor Ducey to the Arizona State Dental Board in 2021.  Ms. Penna is a clinical examiner with CDCA-WREB-CITA and with CRDTS for both clinical hygiene and local anesthesia. 



Professional disability specialists are available at Disability Resources to facilitate a range of academic support services and accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability, you can request assistance by contacting Disability Resources at 928-523-8773 (voice), 928-523-8747 (fax), or (e-mail).