The basic armamentarium for the administration of local anesthetics includes
the syringe, cartridge and needle. Proper assembly and use of these items
minimizes the risk of complications arising during injection, such as shattering
of cartridges and needle breakage. Prior to the administration of drugs the
doctor is expected to have knowledge of the health status of the patient
receiving the injection. The medical history questionnaire is reviewed with an
emphasis on local anesthetic-related concerns. As the delivery of ‘painless’
injections is foremost on the patient’s list of dental desires, the basic local
anesthetic injection technique is reviewed.
The basic armamentarium for local anesthetic delivery – the syringe,
cartridge and needle – is reviewed in this program along with evaluation of the
patient prior to receiving an injection. A step-by-step review of the basic
local anesthetic injection technique is provided.