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Local Anesthesia Manual – for dental hygienists
The CDCA Local Anesthesia Examination is not part of the ADEX exam. It is an optional examination offered 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. 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.
The 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:
- Anatomy and neurophysiology
- Pharmacology of anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors
- Local anesthetic techniques
- Topical anesthetics
- Infection control
- Prevention, recognition and management of complications
A score of 75% or better is required to pass.