New Dental Hygienist Course Offered at ESC

Nov 14, 2012

Edison State First Provider for New Dental Hygienist Course


November 14, 2012 – SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – It’s a first for Florida, and for the Southwest Florida region. Edison State College is the first to offer “Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist” continuing education course. Recent legislative changes now allow dental hygienists to be certified to administer anesthesia to patients.


Classes begin November 30, 2012 and continue through January 5, 2013. Tuition is $1500. For more information call (239) 433-6963 or email:


This course is designed through 30-hours of online study and 30-hours of clinical preparation for licensed dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia. The clinical component of the course is structured into two parts: an 18-hour onsite clinical component at the College and 12-hours of observing a Florida licensed dentist administer local anesthetic in a private practice setting. 


Upon completion of the 60-hour course, the dental hygienist seeking a certificate to administer local anesthesia must apply to the Department of Health, remit an application fee, and submit verification of successful completion of a 60 hour course (30-hour didactic and 30-hour clinical) in the administration of local anesthesia.