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Regional Anesthesia for the Dentistry Patient- Send Them Home More Comfortable Then They Came In!

It's no secret that our four-legged companions mask their pain, and that performing dental cleanings and treatments can change lives. With so many patients suffering from (usually chronic) dental disease, the benefits of regional anesthesia will help these patients remain comfortable during surgery and allow them to transition comfortably to waking up. We will discuss local anesthetics, drug cocktails, anatomic placement, and when NOT to use local blocks. This topic will be useful for most every dentistry case you see that requires a procedure!


  • Describe methods for prolonging the anesthetic effects of local anesthetics
  • List the toxic dose for the lidocaine family of drugs
  • Describe the various local block techniques and when they are indicated


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Chris Snyder, DVM, DAVDC


Chris Snyder became a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2009 and is currently clinical associate professor and residency director of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the University of Wisconsin−Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been recognized as a Founding Fellow, AVDC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Snyder has authored journal articles and textbook chapters, and has lectured nationally and internationally. He prides himself on the dentistry and oral surgery education he provides to students at the University of Wisconsin and the residents he has successfully mentored in the specialty. Dr. Snyder’s academic and research interests include maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, oral surgery, and creating innovative techniques in veterinary dental education.