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Assist with Minor Oral Surgery

Dental Assisting > General

Materials Included:

  • daos Text
  • daos Video
  • daos Anatomy
  • daos Simulation
  • daos Quiz
This course explains the dental assistant’s role in knowing and understanding various minor oral surgery techniques during dental treatment.

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This course provides knowledge in minor oral surgery during dental treatment. Minor oral surgery refers to procedures which can be performed by general dentists under light anesthesia and typically within 30 minutes or less. These procedures often pertain to the extraction of broken or impacted teeth.

The dental assistant plays a crucial role in aiding the dentist to ensure a safe and successful procedure. This includes preparing necessary materials, ensuring all equipment is properly functioning, efficiently handing off to the dentist the needed tools to complete the procedure and ensuring the patient’s comfort through the procedure.

Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Dental assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Minor oral surgery procedure
Step 2.1 - Minor surgical procedure for simple extraction
Step 2.2 - Minor surgical procedure for extraction of impacted tooth
Step 3 - Post-operative care
Step 3.1 - Post-procedure care
Step 3.2 - Patient recovery
Step 4 - Complete the procedure
Step 4.1 - Discard materials
Step 4.2 - Complete the documentation
Step 4.3 - Disinfect equipment and work area
Step 4.4 - Remove your gloves and wash your hands
  • Describe the pre-procedure considerations for minor oral surgery.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for minor oral surgery.
  • Understand minor surgical tray setup and recognize common instruments included.
  • Demonstrate the dental assistant's role during minor surgical procedures.
  • Explain the post-procedure process for minor surgical procedures.
  • Describe correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Describe correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and correctly use related medical terminology.
  • Describe clinical safety according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Describe the purpose of the state Dental Practice Act and its relevance for dental assistants.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including key terms and hyperlinks to references
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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