November 6, 2024
Presented at the Three Rivers Dental Conference at Nemacolin Woodlands

Are You Numb Yet?

Credit Hours: 1.5

It is an unfair question because patients really do not know if they are adequately anesthetized to start the procedure. This presentation will focus on the tools necessary to confidently deliver anesthetic to achieve profound analgesia. An overview of anesthetic performance will also be included, discussing the real-time course of analgesia and buffering anesthetic, which will dramatically improve the onset of analgesia. The goal of the presentation is for the practitioner to have the confidence to never again have to ask the age-old question: “are you numb yet?”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how to reduce anesthetic failures, decrease stress associated with delivering anesthetic for both the patient and the dental provider.
  2. Understand the importance and best methods of confirming analgesia before starting any dental procedure.
  3. Understand the real-time course of local anesthesia.
  4. Learn the science of buffering local anesthetic.
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Dr. William Yant

Dr. Yant has been practicing dentistry since 1992. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1988 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1992.

Since graduation from dental school, Dr. Yant has been a member and leader in various professional dental associations including the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has held the positions of Trustee, Delegate, Vice President, and President for the Allegany-Garrett Dental Society. He received the New Dentist Leadership Award in 1998 from the Maryland State Dental Association.

Dr. Yant has completed extensive hours of continuing education over the years, accomplishing courses in advanced dentistry at The Dawson Academy. He also completed a surgical implant externship with the Midwest Implant Institute and West Virginia University in 1997.  He currently places approximately 300 implants per year from single tooth restorations to full arch “all on x” rehabilitations.

Dr. Yant has studied dental  local anesthetics and educated multiple dentistis on local anesthetic techniques and methodologies for their most effective usage.

Dr. Yant has been a Key Opinion Leader for a leading dental equipment company, Planmeca. He developed and presents a lecture series – “CBCT-Dental Cat Scan Technology Beyond the Dental Implant”– to other dental practitioners and dental supply personnel, and his office is currently using a new implant placement guidance system called X-Guide.

Dr. Yant has also served as a Key Opinion Leader with BTI and their PRGF (PRP) system and has treated over 3000 cases to date.

In addition to his dental practice, Dr. Yant has donated his time and dental services to such worthwhile community projects as the Western Maryland Mission of Mercy (which provides free dental services to those in need) and acted as an in-school health educator for tobacco use prevention.

Dr. Yant and his wife, Lori, have lived in Garrett County since 1992 and they have two daughters, Kristen, a periodontist and Jillian, a veterinarian studying oncology.  Outside of dentistry, Dr. Yant enjoys skiing, sailing, travelling and keeping his two Austrian Shepherds Rocky and Zoey busy.

Dental Society of Western PA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider Approved by Pennsylvania Dental Association.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Dental Society of Western PA designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits.