Jul 07, 2022
DEHY 241 - Dental Hygiene Clinic 4 5.5 CR
This course is a combination of dental hygiene theory and clinical practice. In theory class, the emphasis is placed on the continuation of managing special needs patients in the dental practice setting. The focus is on case-based learning. During clinical practice sessions, students continue to provide comprehensive dental hygiene services to all their patients. Students also learn the techniques needed to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide conscious sedation on student partners during a laboratory portion of this course. Once the students demonstrate competency in the lab setting, they are able to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide conscious sedation on appropriate patients in the clinical setting under the direct supervision of clinical instructors and supervising dentists. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program. Lab Fee
Additional Information: Formal admission to the Dental Hygiene Program required.
Requisites: Take DEHY 240 with at least a grade of C.
Course Learning Outcomes:
- Apply knowledge of systemic disease processes to the process of dental hygiene care.
- Relate knowledge of dental hygiene treatment and preventive education concepts to the dental hygiene treatment plan for patients with various special needs.
- Use correct skills to perform the dental hygiene process of care for all clinical patients including those with special needs.
- Explain to the patient with special needs, and or their caretaker, specific home care recommendations related to his/her specific systemic condition and clinical oral findings.
- Use behavior modification techniques to help patients implement preventive oral health habits.
- Demonstrate the skills required in the delivery of preventive education including sensitivity in dealing with a diverse patient population.
- Integrate principles from previous clinical dental hygiene courses into the delivery of dental hygiene care.
- Perform patient services in a professional and ethical manner.
- Demonstrate a professional demeanor while in the clinical setting, according to the program guidelines.
- Apply principles of service, leadership and teamwork to the practice of dental hygiene.
- Follow up with all patients to complete treatment and make correct entries into the patient record.
- Manage time effectively during patient appointments to maintain quality care for the patient while maximizing efficiency.
- Maintain the highest standards for clinical and laboratory sterile/aseptic technique.
- Correspond to the patient’s dentist of record about treatment and the need for further dental services.
- Employ personal marketing tools to obtain and maintain employment as a dental hygienist.
- Apply the dental hygiene process of care to achieve competency as an entry-level dental hygienist, in preparation to enter the U.S. dental healthcare workforce.