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Update on Dental Topical Anesthetics

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Professional familiarity with new dental topical anesthetic agents is a key element of safe, effective and comfortable care.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe common forms of dental topical anesthetics, and clinical considerations when using various formulations.
  2. Explain the role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in overseeing topical anesthetic agents.
  3. List some of the contraindications for various topical anesthetics used in dental settings.

This course was issued in the May 2019 issue and expires 5/31/22. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.


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