April 2013

October 2011

Nitrous Oxide Monitoring is now included with 2012 Modern Dental Assisting!

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The NC dental board has revised the rules for dental assistants who wish to expand their skills by monitoring patients under Nitrous Oxide analgesia. Now, both DA1 and DA2 assistants can monitor patients under the direct supervision of a dentist after taking an approved seven hour course. This is great news! In response, we have added an 11th session included with the 2012 MDA001 class which will complete the requirements for this extra certification. As always, this class is available separately as well. The following is excerpted from the revised rules.

21 NCAC 16O .0402 EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
A Dental Assistant I or a Dental Assistant II not otherwise qualified under G.S. 90-29(c)(13) may aid and
assist a licensed dentist in the administration of nitrous oxide-oxygen inhalant conscious sedation after
completion of a Board-approved course totalling at least seven hours and directed by an individual or
individuals approved by the Board. Such course shall include:
(1) Definitions and descriptions of physiological and psychological aspects of pain and
anxiety;
(2) The states of drug-induced central nervous system depression through all levels of
consciousness and unconsciousness, with special emphasis on the distinction between the
conscious and unconscious state;
(3) Respiratory and circulatory physiology and related anatomy;
(4) Pharmacology of agents used in the conscious sedation techniques being taught,
including drug interaction and incompatibility;
(5) Patient monitoring, with particular attention to vital signs and reflexes related to
consciousness;
(6) Prevention, recognition and management of complications and life threatening situations
that may occur during the use of the conscious sedation techniques, including cardio
pulmonary resuscitation;
(7) Description and use of ventilation sedation equipment; and
(8) Potential health hazards of trace anesthetics, and proposed techniques for elimination of
these potential health hazards.

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April 2011

Congratulations new dental assisting grads, Winter 2011!

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Congratulations to our newest dental assisting graduates!

Congratulations to our newest dental assisting graduating class, Winter 2011! You all will be great dental assistants and we wish you the best of luck in your new career and we are proud of you. Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing and remember that we are always here to help.

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April 2009

Congratulations to the Winter 2009 Graduates!

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MDA001 Winter 2009 Graduating Class

Congratulations to the first Modern Dental Assisting Class! We are proud of all of you and hope you enjoyed your learning experience. More importantly, we wish you the best success for the future in your new career. Remember that a good assistant will continue to learn throughout their career. Take every continuing education opportunity and keep expanding your skills. We’re here if you need us!

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January 2009

Advanced Laboratory Techniques (ALT001)

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2 Clock Hours Didactic Instruction
6 Clock Hours Laboratory Instruction

Single Session 8am to 5pm

Tuition $ 225.00
Laboratory $ 215.00
Textbooks $ 45.00
Total $ 485.00

Course Prerequisite

Completion of MDA001 or previous DA Level II certification is required.

Course Description

The Advanced Laboratory course at DSI is open to students who have completed MDA I or who are licensed DA level IIs who wish to review or expand their skills. Participants will learn advanced chairside and office laboratory techniques.

Areas covered include advanced model preparation, facebow and articulation, provisional fabrication using multiple techniques and materials and the repair and refurbishing of removable and orthodontic appliances. Lastly, students will learn a precise technique for fabricating whitening trays, surgical guides and retainers. All units consist of both didactic and hands-on sections. By the end of the course, all students will have properly mounted casts on which they will have created provisional restorations

Course Outline

AM Session

Fabrication and duplication of several types of study casts to make individual working casts.
Shade taking, photography and lab communication.
Proper laboratory disinfection
Study model preparation including orthodontic trimming and soaping
Introduction to facebow records
Articulation and mounting of casts on various types of articulators.
Using the vacu-former for retainers, trays and stents
Repair and polishing of removable appliances including use of the pressure pot for proper acrylic curing.

PM Session

Using casts and stents from the morning, the afternoon session will concentrate on the proper fabrication of several types of provisional restorations as well as whitening trays. Proper provisional cementation as well as patient management will be reviewed.

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Coronal Polishing for DA II (CP001)

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4 Clock Hours Didactic Instruction
4 Clock Hours Clinical Instruction

Single Session 8am to 5pm

Tuition $ 300.00
Clinical $ 95.00
Total $ 395.00

Course Prerequisite

DA Level II certification is required.

Course Description

The Coronal Polishing Certification course at DSI is open to licensed DA level IIs who wish to expand their skills. This course consists of a full day session designed to satisfy the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners as provided by the North Carolina State Practice Act. Students will receive three hours of didactic instruction on rationale, stains and deposits, methods, equipment and materials. The second four hours include supervised clinical time to allow for the development of coronal polishing skills on course participants. Students who complete all 8 hours of instruction and pass the didactic exam will be awarded a certificate of achievement. This certificate allows for supracoronal polishing of patients’ teeth under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in North Carolina.

Course Outline

AM Session

North Carolina law for selective coronal polishing.
Selective Polishing and effects
Indications and contraindications
Types of stain and deposits
Review of Abrasives and equipment
Handpiece usage and care
Rationale for flossing and fluoride
Step by step overview

PM Session

Demonstration of clinical techniques
Group breakout session for supervised clinical practice of learned techniques
Written and oral examination

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Dental Radiography Certification (DR001)

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8 Clock Hours Didactic Instruction
8 Clock Hours Clinical Instruction

Friday and Saturday Sessions 8am to 5pm

Tuition $ 380.00
Clinical $ 95.00
Textbooks $ 85.00
Total $ 560.00

Course Description

The Dental Radiography Certification course at DSI incorporates two full day sessions to satisfy the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. Students will recieve eight hours of didactic instruction in the terminology, production, usage and types of radiography used in dentistry. The second eight hour session includes hands-on instruction and clinical application of the knowledge gained in the didactic portion. Students who successfully complete all 16 hours of instruction and pass the dental radiography exam will be awarded a certificate of achievement.

Course Outline

Session 1

X-ray discovery and history
Radiation Physics
The Dental X-Ray Machine
Types of Radiation
Radiation effects and safety
Dental fim
Hand and automatic processing
Digital image capture and processing
Intraoral radiography: paralleling, bisecting, bite-wing and occlusal techniques
Extraoral radiography: panoramic, cephalometric and skull views
Emerging cone-beam 3D technologies

Session 2

Clinical application using the Rinn XCP instruments, various other film holders and the dental radiography mannequin
Infection control
Technique error review
Recognition of anatomic landmarks
Mounting intraoral radiographic series
Usage of the panoramic machine
Dental Radiography exam

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Nitrous Oxide Analgesia Monitoring (NO001)

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4 Clock Hours Didactic Instruction
4 Clock Hours Clinical Instruction

Single Session 8am to 5pm

Tuition $ 200.00
Clinical $ 95.00
Total $ 295.00

Course Prerequisite

None

Course Description

The Nitrous Oxide/Inhalation Sedation Certification course at DSI is open to licensed DA level Is and IIs who wish to expand their skills. This course consists of a full day session designed to satisfy the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners as provided by the North Carolina State Practice Act. Students will receive four hours of didactic instruction followed by three hours include supervised clinical time to allow for the development of monitoring skills on course participants. Students who complete all 8 hours of instruction and pass the didactic exam will be awarded a certificate of achievement. This certificate allows for the monitoring of patients using nitrous oxide under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in North Carolina.

Course Outline

AM Session

History and overview
Myths and Realities of analgesia
Chemical makeup
Indications and contraindications
Review and definition of equipment
Occupational exposure reduction
Patient assessment and monitoring
Patient education
Step by step overview of administration

PM Session

Demonstration of clinical techniques
Group breakout session for supervised clinical practice of learned techniques
Written and oral examination

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Modern Dental Assisting (MDA001)

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88 Clock Hours Clinical and Didactic Instruction
12 Clock Hours Observation and Externship
Now Includes Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certification!

Saturday Session 8am to 5pm

Tuition $ 1,740.00
Laboratory $ 505.00
Textbooks $ 340.00
Deposit $ 395.00
Total $ 2,980.00

Course Description

The Modern Dental Assisting: DA Level I Certification course at Dental Staff Institute consists of 88 hours of lecture/lab preparation and a 12 hour hands-on clinical internship in a general dental office with a practicing dentist. Students completing the program will obtain a Certified Dental Assistant (CDAI) certificate. Students will also obtain a Dental Radiography certificate, OSHA certificate and a CPR/AED card at the end of the course. All certificates issued will be recognized by the state of North Carolina and students will be able to accept a position upon completion of the program. The general dental internship will be required once the student has completed the eleven week training preparation and will allow for review of all the techniques and skills developed over the previous weeks.

Course Outline

Week 1: Orientation (1 hour)

Student Handbook
Hepatitis B Form
Textbooks

Week 1: Unit 1 – Introduction to Dental assisting (1 hour)

History of Dentistry
Dental Assisting Today (becoming a CDA)
Members of the Dental Team
Dental Ethics/Dentistry and the Law

Week 1: Unit 2 – Dental Diseases, Oral Pathology, and Preventive Dentistry (3 hours)

Landmarks of the Face and Oral Cavity
Dentition (Teeth) and Occlusion (Bite)
Tooth Morphology
Dental Caries (tooth decay)
Periodontal Disease
Prevention and the Role of the Dental Assistant
Oral Pathology Review

Week 1: Unit 3 – Patient Information and Assessment (3 hours)

The Patient Record and Health History
Vital Signs
Video: Taking Vital Signs
Exercise: Taking Vital signs with manual and digital techniques
Oral Diagnosis
Exercise: Guided Introduction to Charting
The Electronic Patient Record

Week 2: Review from Week 1 (1.5 hours)

Review of dental anatomy, morphology, tooth numbers and charting
Charting Exercises and Practice Exams
Week 1 material examinations.

Week 2: Unit 1 – Foundations for Clinical Dentistry (3.5 hours)

Tour of the General Dental Office
Dental Hand Instruments
Preset Cassettes and Color Coding Systems
Exercise: Hand instrument Identification
Dental Headpieces and Rotary Instruments
Moisture Control
Video Demonstration of the Dental Dam
Anesthesia and Pain Control

Week 2: Unit 2 – Infection Control in Dentistry (3 Hour OSHA Certification)

Survey of Microorganisms
Disease Transmission and Infection Control
Disinfection
Instrument Processing and Sterilization
Dental Unit Waterlines
OSHA

Week 3: Review from Week 2 (1 hour)

Review of Instruments, Headpieces and Equipment
Review charting terminology and anatomy
Week 2 material examinations
Dental Charting Examination
Instrument ID examination

Week 3: Unit 1 – Delivering Dental Care (1 Hour)

Ergonomics
Delivering Dental Care

Week 3: Unit 2 – Introduction to Restorative Dental Procedures (1 hour)

General Dentistry
Matrix Systems
Preventive and Periodontics
Sealants and Polishing

Week 3: Clinical Exercise, Putting it all together! (5 hours)

Processing and Opening Instrument Packs and Cassettes
Setting up the dental operatory for preventive or restorative
Clinical Greet and Seat Exercise
Vital Signs Review
Clinical Charting Exercises
Four Handed Passing Exercises
Tofflemeyer Band Setup

Week 4: Review of Week 3 (1 hours)

Review of General Dental Procedures and Clinical Exercises
Week 3 material examinations
Charting and Terminology Practical Examination
Tofflemeyer Band Setup Practical Exam

Week 4: Unit 1 – Dental Specialties (2 hours)

Fixed Prosthodontics: Crowns and Bridges
Removable Prosthodontics
Dental Implants
Endodontics
Oral Surgery
Pediatric Dentistry
Orthodontics (and Invisalign)

Week 4: Unit 2 – Restorative and Esthetic Dental Materials (2 hours)

Restorative Materials
Liners, Bases and Bonding
Dental Cements

Week 4: Clinical Exercises, Putting it all together! (3 hours)

Processing and Opening Instrument Packs and Cassettes
Setting up the dental operatory for specialty procedures
Clinical Charting Exercises
Four Handed Passing Exercises
Mixing Amalgam, cements, bases and liners
Bonding Exercises

Week 5: Review of Week 4 (2 hours)

General and Specialty Procedures
Mixing Cements, bases and Liners
Amalgam and Bonding

Week 5: Unit 1 – Dental Impressions (1 hour)

Impression Materials and Techniques

Week 5: Unit 2 – Laboratory Equipment and Materials (1 hour)

Dental Models

Week 5: Clinical Exercises, Putting it all together! (3 hours)

Taking and Pouring Alginate Impressions
Fabrication of a custom tray
Fabrication of a vacuformed stent or tray
Trimming and Mounting Models

Week 6: Mid Term Review (1 Hour)

Week 6: Clinical Exercises Continued (5 hours)

Mixing cements
Taking Impressions
Fabrication of Provisional Restorations
Fabrication of whitening trays and stents
Polishing Dentures and Temporary Crowns
Pouring and trimming Models

Week 6: Mid Term (2 hours)

Mid Term Exam covering all topics to date.

Week 7: Unit 1 CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (6 Hours)

The American Heart Association teaches this full-day course to help students respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants. Students will obtain CPR certification at the end of the class.

Week 7: Unit 2 – Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office (2 Hours)

Basic Pharmacology
Assisting in a Medical Emergency

Week 8: Dental Radiography – Didactic Portion (8 hours)

Foundations of Radiography; Equipment and Safety
Dental Film and Processing
Legal Issues QA and Infection Control
Intraoral Radiography
Extraoral and Digital Radiography

Week 9: Dental Radiography – Clinical Portion

Intraoral dental radiography using Rinn XCP instruments and the DXTTR Manikin.
Use of panoramic machine
Dental Radiography Written Exam

Week 10: Nitrous Oxide Analgesia Monitoring (8 hours)

The student will learn how to monitor Nitrous Oxide Analgesia with topics covering physiology and psychology of pain and anxiety, pharmacology, equipment, prevention and management of emergencies, drug interactions and potential hazards. Students will obtain a certification for this class.

Week 11: Unit 1 – Ancillary Procedures

Business Operating Systems
Overview of Practice management Software
Marketing Your Skills
Finding Employment
Places to search
Resume and Interview
Becoming a DAII

Week 11: Review and Final Examinations (4 hours)

INTERNSHIP

An internship of 12 hours in a practicing general dentist’s office is required following the eleven week Modern Dental Assisting course. A certificate will be awarded after successful completion of your internship.

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