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chapter 33 delivering dental care

Chapter 33Delivering Dental Care

Copyright 2003, Elsevier Science (USA).

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Produced in the United States of America

ISBN 0-7216-9770-4

slide2

Introduction

The clinical assistant assumes the important responsibility of preparing the treatment areas, assisting in procedures, and providing expanded functions.

slide3

Preparing for Your Patient

  • Review the patient record
    • Administrative Staff
      • Review any changes in personal information.
    • Clinical Staff
      • Review for any health problems that may alter dental treatment.
      • Medical Alerts.
      • Review progress notes for planned treatment of the day.
slide4

Preparing the Treatment Area

  • The treatment room is clean, disinfected, and ready for the next patient.
  • The patient’s record, radiographs, and laboratory results are all in place.
  • The appropriate sterile preset tray and other supplies are in place.
  • The dental chair is positioned to seat the patient.
  • Equipment is moved out of the way for the patient and dental team.      
slide5

Admitting the Patient

  • Pleasantly greet the patient in the reception area by name.
  • Escort the patient to the treatment area.
  • Place the patient’s personal items in a safe place out of the way of the procedure.
  • Initiate conversation with the patient.
  • Ask if there are any questions that you can answer about treatment for the day.
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Seating the Patient

  • Ask the patient to sit on the side of the dental chair and then swing his or her legs onto the base of the chair.
  • Lower or slide the chair arm into position.
  • Place the disposable patient napkin over the patient’s chest and clasp the corners using a napkin chain.
  • Inform the patient before adjusting the chair.
  • Position the operating light over the patient’s chest, and turn on.
  • Review once again that all treatment room preparations are complete.
  • Wash hands and put on personal protective equipment.
slide7

Team Dentistry

  • Goals of work simplification
    • Decrease the number of instruments to be used for a procedure.
    • Sequence the instruments on a tray by their use.
    • Minimize the stress and fatigue by using correct positioning of the patient, dentist and assistant.
    • Use the appropriate moisture control techniques.
    • Transfer of instruments and dental materials as necessary.
    • Use the least amount of motion during the transfer of instruments and materials.
    • Allow the assistant to perform expanded functions.
slide8

Operating Zones

  • Basic concept required for practicing efficient and comfortable team dentistry (Figures 33-5 and 33-6).
slide11

Principles of Team Positioning

  • Positioning the patient
  • Criteria
    • Patient is lowered to supine position.
    • Patient slides up in chair so head is even with top of headrest.
    • Final positioning adjustments will be made by the operator.
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Principles of Team Positioning- cont’d

  • Positioning the operator
  • Criteria
    • Seated as far back as possible, with the front edge of the stool just touching the back of the knees.
    • Thighs parallel to the floor, or knees slightly lower than the hips.
    • Feet kept flat on the floor.
    • Backrest of the chair positioned to support the lower portion or small of the back.
    • Height of chair allows the operator’s forearms when bent at the elbow to be parallel to the floor.
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Principles of Team Positioning- cont’d

  • Positioning the dental assistant
  • Criteria
    • Seated well back on the stool.
    • Feet rest on the base or foot ring of the stool.
    • Positioned as close as possible to the dental chair.
    • Legs parallel to the patient’s chair.
    • Eye level 4 to 6 inches above the eye level of the operator.
slide14

Four-Handed Dentistry

  • An ergonomically sound way to practice dentistry using the skills of the dental assistant, while including work simplification techniques.
slide15

Instrument Transfer and Exchange

  • Benefits
    • Standarized operating sequence.
    • Reduces the amount of time in the dental chair for the patient.
    • Increased productivity.
    • Less fatigue and stress.
slide16

Instrument Transfer and Exchange- cont’d

  • Operator’s grasp
  • Three Basic Grasps:
    • Pen grasp: The instrument is held in the same manner as a pen.
    • Palm grasp: The instrument is held securely in the palm of the hand.
    • Palm‑thumb grasp: The instrument is held in the palm of the hand, and the thumb is used to stabilize and guide the instrument.
slide18

Instrument Transfer and Exchange- cont’d

  • Principles of instrument transfer
    • The assistant must understand the sequence of the treatment procedure and anticipate when an instrument transfer will be required.
    • The transfer of instruments should be accomplished with a minimum of motion involving only the fingers, wrist, and elbow.
    • Instruments are transferred in the position of use.
    • An instrument is transferred so the dentist can grasp the instrument for its appropriate use.
    • The instrument being transferred must be positioned in the dentist's hand firmly.
    • The assistant will transfer dental instruments and dental materials with his or her left hand.
slide19

Instrument Transfer and Exchange- cont’d

  • Variations in instrument transfer
      • Mirror and explorer
      • Cotton pliers
      • Handpiece
      • Instruments with hinges
slide20

The Expanded-Function Dental Assistant

  • Expanded function refers to specific intraoral tasks that are completed as a procedure or part of a procedure by the clinical dental assistant that have been delegated by the dentist.
    • Increased productivity
    • Less stress on dentist
    • More patients seen
    • Increased job satisfaction
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The Expanded-Function Dental Assistant- cont’d

  • Credentialing
  • Dental supervision (direct vs. indirect)
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The Expanded-Function Dental Assistant- cont’d

  • Working as the operator
  • Understanding dental anatomy
  • Operator positioning
  • Intraoral mirror skills
  • Using an intraoral fulcrum
  • Understanding cavity preparations
  • Instrumentation
  • Application of dental materials
  • Evaluation of the expanded function