Amber Knapp, Registered Dental Hygienist for Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center has completed certification to administer local anesthesia.

During the week of December 1-4, 2004, Amber participated in "Pain Control for the Dental Hygienist" at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. The course teaches the Velvet Touch technique. This technique is designed to significantly reduce pain associated with dental treatment. Amber will utilize this technique while performing extensive or deep cleanings or at the patient's request. Local anesthesia is not commonly needed for regular dental cleanings. However, for those individuals with periodontal disease, local anesthesia can make dental treatment much more comfortable.

"During the class we worked together and gave each other injections. I was a little worried about feeling pain but the Velvet Touch really works. Most of the injections I didn't even feel," said Amber.

Amber is a resident of Roane County, WV where she grew up. She is a graduate of West Virginia University of Technology in Montgomery, WV. She earned an associate degree in dental hygiene in May 2003 and obtained her WV state license in July 2003. She has practiced at the Calhoun Dental/Medical Clinic since June 2003. To make an appointment with Amber, please call 354-6144.

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