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Course Outline

The following subjects are covered in depth from both a didactic and a practical clinical experience. The morning lecture is followed by an afternoon of clinical, “hands on” training in our state-of-the-art practicing dental office. During their course of study, the students learn the operation of all equipment, instrumentation and materials commonly used in a general dental practice. All students receive in excess of 14 hours of instruction in radiology. Details of the student’s extensive clinical training are outlined below.

Dental Theory and Terminology

  • Dental and oral anatomy, tooth identification and numbering system
  • Instrument nomenclature and identification for all aspects of General Dentistry
  • Dental terminology
  • Equipment operation, chair positioning, assistant equipment usage
  • Treatment options available, depending on oral conditions

Receptionist – Front Desk Office Management

  • Phone techniques and appointment book control
  • Billing: accounts receivable and accounts payable, collections
  • Filing insurance forms and pre-treatment estimates
  • Insurance terminology

Four-Handed Dental Assisting

  • Instrument transfer techniques, chair-side assisting and patient suctioning
  • Chair-side doctor-patient-assistant positioning
  • Tub and tray systems of instruments and materials
  • Familiarity and use of instruments and materials in assisting for:
    Operative Dentistry-amalgam and composite restorations
    Oral Surgery – instruments, procedures and post-op protocol
    Crown and Bridge – polyvinyl “gun type” impression taking, temporary fabrication, cord packing, hemostatic agents, introduction into various crown types
    Endodontics – instruments, medicaments and materials: how and why they are used
    Periodontics – disease origin and usual treatment methods
    Pedodontics – commonalty and differences in treating children vs. adult patients

Radiology

  • X-ray theory and technique, use of Rinn© holders and other methods
  • Intraoral, bitewing, panoramic, and endodontic exposure methods
  • Conventional, Phosphorus Plates, Digital Sensor and Panorex
  • Developing x-rays using the automatic processor
  • Darkroom care and maintenance
  • X-ray identification, interpretation, safety and precautions

Impressions and Model Trimming

  • Impression materials and practice in their uses: alginates, poly vinyl siloxane, etc.
  • Wax bites, counter impressions,
  • Model pouring and trimming

Cements and Liners

  • Introduction to various cements and liners used in dentistry
  • Practice mixing cements and liners

Sterilization Techniques

  • Sterilization theory and terminology, autoclave operation
  • Instrument and equipment sterilization / disinfection
  • Treatment room disinfection and asepsis techniques
  • Handpiece care and maintenance

Job Interview and Placement Assistance

  • Proper image, dress, resume, and how to prepare for the job interview itself
  • Difficult questions you may face – how to answer them
  • Do’s and don’ts during the interview, what to expect

HIPPA, CPR Certification, OSHA Training & Emergency Training for a Dental Employee

CPR Certification (Provided by Sandhills Community College) No Additional Fee

Our HIPAA Compliance Class has been designed to provide the material that is to be delivered as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This HIPAA course covers Public Law 104-191, the Private Rule, the Security Rule, the Enforcement Rule, and the Omnibus Rule. This program is in compliance with and presents General Administrative Requirements, Administrative Requirements, and the Security and Privacy provisions of regulation text 45 CFR Parts 160, 162, and 164.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Started in 1987, this program was the first in the country to train dental assistants in an actual practicing dental office.

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COURSE OUTLINE

The morning lecture is followed by an afternoon of clinical, “hands on” training in our state-of-the-art practicing dental office. During their course of study, the students learn the operation of all equipment, instrumentation and materials commonly used in a general dental practice.

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COURSE SCHEDULE

We offer 3 sessions a year, Spring, Fall & Winter. All classes are held on Saturday

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Achieve Your Career Goals

Become a Dental Assistant in 11 Saturday Sessions

TUITION

Tuition covers all costs for the course. All supplies, materials, teaching aids, books, class notes, etc., are supplied at no additional charge.

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POLICIES ON ADMISSION

Sandhills Dental Career Center maintains an “open-door” admission policy for high school graduates, or graduates of a GED or equivalent program who are a minimum of 17 years of age.

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ENROLLMENT APPLICATION

Apply online today to begin your new career. One form is all it takes.

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