May 25, 2020
DS 100 - Dental Assisting I
Credit Hours: 4
This combination lecture/lab course introduces the students to the fundamentals of dental assisting while providing the opportunity to practice skills in a clinical setting. Techniques of chairside dental assisting are emphasized as well as clinical procedures, materials, instruments and equipment. Detailed instruction is provided in infection control procedures and occupational health and safety techniques following CDC and OSHA guidelines.
At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- identify the members, functions and educational requirements of the dentalhealthcare team;
- describe the nine recognized dental specialties;
- operate basic dental office equipment;
- demonstrate four-handed chairside assisting techniques;
- maintain operating field during chairsidedental procedures;
- name basic hand and rotary instrumentsand their uses;
- assist with dental anesthesia and sedation;
- assist with general dentistry procedures;
- recognize the diseases of major concern in dentistry;
- prevent disease transmission in the dentaloffice;
- properly utilize personal protective equipment;
- clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces, equipment and dental unit waterlines;
- clean, package, sterilize and store dental instruments;
- implement a quality assurance program for infection control procedures;
- develop a hazard communication program for the dental office; and
- incorporate ergonomic techniques duringchairside assisting procedures.
Corequisites: All first-semester Dental Assisting courses.