Chair-Side Assisting

Learn how to assist the Doctor during procedures by passing instruments, retracting and suctioning.

While Chair-side assisting you will work primarily with the dentist using four-handed dentistry techniques. Four-handed dentistry is a seated dentist and chair-side assistant working together as a well-oiled machine.

A chair-side assistant will mix dental materials, exchange instruments with the dentist, and will provide oral evacuation during dental procedures. Through out the patients time in the chair, the chair-side assistant has the opportunity to to put the patient at ease, helping them to feel comfortable and relaxed.

A Chair-Side assistant May Have Duties Such As:

  • Prepares room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
  • Prepares patient for dental treatment by caring, comforting, seating, and draping patient.
  • Provides data to patients and staff by respondent queries and requests.
  • Provides instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area; positioning instruments for dentist’s access; suctioning; passing instruments.
  • Provides materials by choosing, mixing, and putting materials on instruments and within the patient’s mouth.
  • Provides diagnostic data by exposing and developing x-ray studies; grinding, trimming, and shaping study casts.
  • Maintains patient look and skill to masticate by fabricating temporary restorations; cleanup and sharpening removable appliances.
  • Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque management, and surgical directions.
  • Documents administered services by charting in patient records.
  • Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping data confidential.
  • Maintains safe and clean operating atmosphere with procedures and standardized practices.
  • Protects patients and workers by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
  • Ensures operation of dental instrumentality by finishing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; maintaining instrumentality inventories; evaluating new instrumentality and techniques.
  • Maintains dental inventory by checking stock to see inventory level; anticipating required inventory reordering; putting and expediting orders for supplies.
  • Maintains skilled and technical information by attending academic workshops; reviewing skilled publications; establishing personal networks; collaborating in skilled societies.

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