DLA 1203 Chairside Assisting I

This course provides information on the history of dentistry and its progression, educational requirements of the dental team, as well as ethics, jurisprudence and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act relating to dentistry. Preparation for patient care, including the patient record, observations and assessments, examination, vital signs, dental charting, and the introduction to the dental office and basic chairside assisting are also emphasized. Students will learn basic chairside instruments and maintenance, tray systems, instrument transfer, and how to maintain the operating field. An introduction to communication skills and emergency management will also be presented. Current OSHA and CDC guidelines for infection control and handling of hazardous materials are practiced. Prerequisite: This course is part of a Limited Admissions Program; registration in this course requires admission to the program.