Prerequisite: DA 101, DA 103, or DA 105
93.5 Clock Hours; 2.48 Credit Hours
Topics in this course include microbiology, contagious diseases concerning the dental team, universal precautions, barrier techniques, and handling hazardous chemicals. Students learn operatory disinfection using approved agents and methods. They study cranial anatomy as it relates to anesthesia administration and pain control. Methods for taking and recording vital signs and blood pressure are introduced. Skills performed by the dental assistant in the specialty areas of oral surgery and endodontics (root canals) are presented, including procedures for the administration of topical and local anesthetics.
Students practice acquired skills on Typodont manikins, placing instruments and materials. Career development instruction focuses on interview techniques, and related dental terminology is studied.