Kathy Bassett


has dedicated more than 40 years to a variety of general and specialty dental environments, and 30 years as a professor of dental hygiene at Pierce College and as an affiliate professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington, School of Dentistry, Seattle, WA.

Kathy shares unique insights for successful local anesthesia to benefit both patients and clinicians. gleaned from nearly 40 years of experience in dental hygiene, general and specialty dental practices, dental hygiene and dental education.

She is a co-author of Local Anesthesia for Dental Professionals, has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters on Local Anesthesia including Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene by Esther Wilkins, Mosby’s Dental Hygiene: Concepts, Cases, and Competencies, numerous issues of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Decisions in Dentistry and Dental Advisor.

Kathy has presented hundreds of CE courses locally, nationally, and internationally on local anesthesia, restorative expanded functions, and patient assessment for myofunctional and sleep-related breathing disorders.  As a lifelong learner, Kathy holds advanced training certificates in orofacial myofunctional therapy, dental sleep medicine for dental hygienists, and the Buteyko Breathing Method.

Kathy’s work has been recognized with a Washington Association of Vocational Administrators – Outstanding Educator Award, a WDHA Educator of the Year Award, and WDHA Martha Fales Award for contributions to the dental hygiene profession.