Dental Hygiene – Local Anesthesia Examination

In 2023, CDCA-WREB-CITA will deliver two different Local Anesthesia Examinations. Local Anesthesia examinations are available to any eligible Dental Hygiene professional that wishes to take the exam as part of the certification process to administer local anesthesia. It is the responsibility of each candidate to check with their state dental board to determine if they meet all the qualifications for this certification process.

Please come back and visit our website in October to see all Two-Part Written/Clinical Local Anesthesia examination sites and dates. In the meantime, if you have any questions feel free to Contact Us.

One-Part Computer-Only Local Anesthesia Examination

The One-Part Computer-Only Local Anesthesia Examination for Dental Hygienists consists of a 50 question multiple-choice computer-based examination administered at a Prometric Testing Center. Disciplines and subject matter addressed in this examination include:

Applicants must provide proof that they have graduated or are in their senior or final year at an accredited Dental Hygiene Program in the U.S. or Canada. Those individuals who are still in school must provide documentation from the school that they are expected to complete all academic requirements and graduate. Note: This credential typically comes into effect on graduation from school, so the candidate should check with their state dental board to determine how long before graduation the board will accept this examination.

  1. Anatomy and neurophysiology
  2. Pharmacology of anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors
  3. Local anesthetic techniques
  4. Topical anesthetics
  5. Infection control
  6. Prevention, recognition and management of complications

A score of 75% or better is required to pass.

Examination Scheduling

  • Examination Fee: $140
  • Please click on the following link for detailed information on how to schedule your exam with Prometric: Prometric Information