Catapult Education™ Speakers Bureau

Tina Clarke, RDH, MEd

 Oregon, USA

Lecture Topics
  • Anesthesia
  • Case Acceptance
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Team Building

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About Tina

Tina Clarke RDH, MEd is the leading voice in anesthesia dental education. From head & neck anatomy, medical emergency management, and practical tips and tricks to getting anesthesia right every time, Tina employs adult learning principles, equipping her course attendees for success.  A nationally published author, podcaster, and founder of Teacher Tina RDH, she keeps her skills and knowledge current while continuing to serve the profession as a clinician, educator, trainer, and speaker.

Tina is an approved provider by the Oregon Board of Dentistry to provide education for the initial permit for local anesthesia, as well as an American Heart Association Certified BLS instructor. As a speaker for Catapult Education’s Speakers Bureau, an active member of the American Dental Hygienists Association and an approved CE provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Tina passionately serves her profession.

Tina is a practicing clinical dental hygienist for over 20 years and an educator for nearly 15. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2001 and her Master’s Degree in Education in 2013. Her teaching, training, and presenting style is upbeat and fun, making even the most difficult topics a delight to learn.

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Honors and Achievements

American Academy of Dental Hygiene
Approved CE Provider

American Heart Association
Certified BLS Instructor

Catapult Education
Speaker Bureau Member
Oregon Board of Dentistry
Approved Education Provider

Teacher Tina RDH

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Comprehensive Review Of Local Anesthesia

Often clinicians shy away from providing local anesthetics to their patient because they aren’t confident in their skills, aren’t getting patients profoundly numb, or haven’t given injections in a long time. This course is designed to empower you to hit your best shot with a review of maxillary and mandibular oral local anesthesia techniques, including a review patient health considerations and appropriate anesthetic dosage. Participants review anesthetic options and techniques (with video) associated with oral anesthesia. Along with an overview of complications and how to manage them.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify different non-injectable anesthetic options and their uses in clinical dental care
  • Select appropriate anesthetic solutions for the patient and clinical procedure
  • Comprehend the basic principles of giving the following injections: infiltration, ASA, MSA, PSA, IO, NP, AMSA, GP, IA, GG, VA, Long Buccal, and Incisive
  • Identify and manage minor and major complications associated with local anesthesia
  • Understand contraindications as they relate to local anesthesia
  • Calculate proper anesthetic dose considering factors such as age, weight, and health status

Prevent And Prepare: Medical Emergencies In The Dental Office

Prevention, preparation, and management of emergency situations common in the dental environment is crucial in the dental environment. This course walks the learner through the process to prevent and prepare for medical emergencies which may occur in the dental settings. Students walk away confident in their skills to prevent, prepare, and manage an emergency in the dental office.

Learning Objectives:
  • List measures to prepare and prevent a medical emergency
  • List the emergency supplies and drugs in the emergency kit and explain how they are used
  • Discuss medical emergency protocols
  • Recognize and properly manage the following medical emergencies: syncope, postural hypotension, seizures, respiratory distress (hyperventilation, respiratory arrest, asthma, COPD), angina, myocardial infractions, cardiac arrest, stroke, accidental overdose, allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, ketoacidosis, insulin shock, shock

5 Shots For Anesthesia Success!

Giving as few injections as possible is not only preferred by the patient, but by the clinician too. Fewer injections mean less anesthetic, and less time devoted to the anesthesia process. Understanding why your injection may fail, helps you avoid multiple injections too. This course guides the learner through five injections (PSA, IO, AMSA, IA, GG) to achieve profound quadrant anesthesia. Participants will review the anatomy of the head and neck as it pertains to anesthesia, have a detailed review of injections with still photos and technique videos, review common causes for anesthesia failure and gain a refresher on the anesthetic dose.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify anatomical structures related to the PSA, IO, AMSA, IA, and GG injections
  • Understand delivery technique for the PSA, IO, AMSA, IA, and GG injections
  • Identify reasons for anesthesia failure
  • Calculate maximum recommended dose for anesthetics

Local Anesthetic Options For The Oral Health Clinician

Understanding which anesthetic is best for your patient can be challenging especially when there are so many options available. This intermediate level course guides the learner through the science of anesthetics used in dentistry; including non-injectable and injectable, and which option is best for the procedure. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify different non-injectable anesthetic options
  • Identify which injections to select for the clinical procedure
  • Employ atraumatic injection techniques
  • Select appropriate anesthetic options for the patient and clinical procedure

Technique Basics of Local Anesthesia

Basics of Local Anesthesia guides the learner through the fundamentals of local anesthesia. Participants will walk away with information regarding the types of injections, which anatomical structures they anesthetize, and tips for a successful injection.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the three categories of injections
  • Identify which anatomical features are anesthetized by the following injections: Supraperiosteal, PSA, IO, MSA, ASA, GP, AMSA, NP, VA, G-G, IA, INCISIVE
  • Employ strategies for a successful injection

Head And Neck Anatomy: Back To The Basics

This course takes the learner back to the basics of oral anatomy. As time moves away from those first few terms of college, we often forget the names, location, and functions of the space we spend so much time in, the head and neck region. In this course, oral health clinicians review anatomical structures of the head and neck region and how they relate to our clinical practice. After completing, the learner will be able to identify crucial anatomical structures, state structure functions, apply concepts to potential pathology, and properly document.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify the location of major features of the head and neck including skull, muscles, vasculature, nerves, glands, and lymphatics
  • State the function of major features of the head and neck including skull, muscles, vasculature, nerves, glands, and lymphatics
  • Apply basic anatomical knowledge to identify potential pathology
  • Implement correct terminology for proper documentation

Removing The Roadblocks Of Understanding

The few precious minutes you have with your patient is your opportunity to be their oral health educator, but there is so little time to create the impact of change they need to make. With a few key pieces of information, you can communicate with your patient in a way that empowers them to implement your health care advice. In this course, learners will learn strategies on being an effective chair side educator, utilizing the same strategies for general education. This course is designed for the entire dental team and will transform how you educate your patients.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify roadblocks to patients' understanding of their oral health status
  • Employ strategies to aid in patient understanding of oral health concepts

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