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Assist with Anesthetic Delivery

Dental Assisting > General
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This course explains the dental assistant’s role in knowing and understanding the various anesthetic solutions and techniques used when administering local anesthesia.

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Overview

The use of anesthesia has become an important part of dental practice and has been fundamental in offering oral healthcare to individuals who may have otherwise been left untreated.

This course discusses a variety of pain and anxiety control procedures that are available for use in dentistry. The most commonly used method of pain control is local anesthetic agents, which have been essential in decreasing pain and discomfort during dental treatment. Local anesthetics help manage pain by injecting an anesthetic solution near the nerve where dental treatment is to take place.

This course explains the dental assistant’s role in knowing and understanding the various anesthetic solutions and techniques used when administering local anesthesia. The dental assistant will also understand how to properly prepare, safely transfer, and care for the aspirating syringe and other items needed for the procedure.

You’ll learn

  • the most common methods of anesthesia in dental practice
  • relevant medical terminology
  • important safety considerations
  • pre-procedure and post-procedure considerations
  • correct recording and reporting procedures
  • how to prepare anesthetic for delivery
  • to understand the different injection sites and which needles are appropriate for each
  • to visualize the anatomy of  the teeth, gums and the nerves surrounding the upper and lower teeth
  • the common clinical scenarios where anesthetic is utilized
  • to practice and perfect your skills in the delivery of anesthetic during dental procedures
  • the impact of the state Dental Practice Act. 
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Dental assistant preparation
Step 1.2 - Patient preparation
Step 1.3 - Setup of topical anesthetic
Step 2 - Procedure
Step 2.1 - Apply topical anesthetic
Step 2.2 - Prepare aspirating syringe
Step 2.3 - Deliver aspirating syringe
Step 3 - Post-Operative Instructions
Step 3.1 - Post-operative 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
  • List and describe the most common methods of anesthesia in dental practice.
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for anesthetic delivery.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for anesthetic delivery.
  • Explain the technique for preparing anesthetic for delivery.
  • Demonstrate the role of the dental assistant in delivery of anesthetic in the dental practice.
  • Understand the common clinical scenarios where anesthetic is utilized.
  • Explain the post-procedure process for anesthetic delivery.
  • Know the correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Understand the impact of the state Dental Practice Act.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patient's Bill of Rights.

 The content of this dental assisting module has been written to take into account the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) guidelines. 

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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