Today’s dental sessions require an exhaustive knowledge of products, instruments and equipment.
Our profession has evolved and grown to a new level which offers us continuous challenges to recognize the new advances in technology and their use in dentistry. As professionals providing health services, we should be at the pulse of clinical devices and treatment while being able to recommend product protocols for use in the office. The process of care (assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation) requires us to understand what these products are, how to use them, contemporary treatment options, how to implement the procedures and evaluate what is and what is not working for us as individuals and as clinicians.
There is also an increased focus on ergonomics in the workplace and its impact on repetitive motion injuries. State and National agencies are paying specific attention to causes and how they impact the clinician’s ability to provide the best possible care for patients. A review of ergonomics, how to increase your awareness of repetitive motion injuries and how they may be impacted by operatory design, instrument utilization/design/selection, sharpening skills/options and a variety of other issues.
We will also discuss communication styles and motivational hints to bring acceptance of the challenges of the new era of dental hygiene therapy and dental treatment to your patients and team members.
At the conclusions of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Recognize improvements on products utilized by dental professionals
- Select materials and products for dental hygiene therapy
- Discuss diagnosis assistance with employers and rationale for changes in assessment forms and diagnostic tools
- Select options in appropriate delivery of various therapeutics
- Communicate effectively to patients and assist in the business of the dental practice
- Recognize and evaluate changes to implement in their office
- Discuss strategies that incorporate efficiency in patient treatment for a more productive schedule
- Identify habits that lead to repetitive movement which may cause harm to the clinician’s instrumentation abilities
- Recognize need for a variety of instrument selection to successfully prepare for patient conditions/therapies