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Minor Oral Surgery, Anaesthesia & Sedation

Minor Oral Surgery, Anaesthesia & Sedation

Provider: Medical Technology Association of New Zealand

Learn Module Detail

On completion of this module, students will:

  • Be aware of the various minor oral surgical procedures that may be performed within dentistry
  • Have gained a general understanding of the use of anaesthetics in dentistry
  • Appreciate the need for the use of oral sedation in dentistry


  1. Explain what is meant by the term ‘minor oral surgery’
  2. List five different minor oral surgical procedures
  3. State four reasons why a tooth may be extracted
  4. Describe what is meant by ‘electrosurgery’
  5. Outline what is meant by the ‘surgical plan’ for minor oral surgery
  6. List three reasons for the use of sutures
  7. Identify the instruments used for tooth extraction and minor oral surgery procedures
  8. Name two anaesthetic agents most commonly used in anaesthetic cartridges
  9. State the purpose of ‘topical’ anaesthetics
  10. Explain why ‘self-aspirating’ syringes are recommended when administering a dental local anaesthetic agent
  11. Describe the difference between a ‘dental infiltration’ and ‘regional block’ injection
  12. Explain the difference between ‘inhalation anaesthesia’ and ‘intravenous anaesthesia’
  13. State two ways by which conscious sedation may be achieved
  14. Name the Act which governs the use of anaesthesia and other drugs used in the practice of dentistry

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