Dental Assistant Certification Program
The basic dental assisting program at Gwinnett Dental Career Academy is a 10 week program that is designed to teach basic skills to allow graduates to obtain an entry level position as a sterilization tech, hygiene assistant or chairside assistant in a general dental or specialty office.
Orientation to Dental Assisting
Accepted Dental Assistant Students will attend an Orientation to Dental Assisting Class that will best acquaint students to Gwinnett Dental Career Academy, planned course load, student requirements and obligations, instructor introductions, and facility tour.
Intro to Dental Assisting
Intro to dental assisting introduces the student to the Roles and Responsibilities of the Dental Assistant. This class also discusses the Dental Practice Operations and HIPPA Rules and Regulations.
Infection Control & Sterilization
Infection control and sterilization procedures are designed to prevent the spread of disease. The role of the Dental Assistant in the dental practice is to ensure that these procedures are followed to protect patients and dental staff. Students will learn the procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and how to operate common sterilization equipment, found in most dental practices.
Topical & Local Anesthetic
Topical anesthetics are used to numb the gums prior to the injection of local anesthetics by the dentist. Topical anesthetic reduces any pain or discomfort associated with insertion of the needle. Students learn how to prepare and handle anesthetics for the dentist.
Dental Radiography (x-rays)
Dental Assistant students learn the theoretical and practical use of of x-rays in a dental practice. Students learn about patient safety, risk reduction, patient comfort, x-ray operations and labeling, digital x-rays, proper x-ray techniques. Students receive a Certificate of Completion with the Georgia Department of Human Resources Radiology Certification upon graduation.
Dental Charting & Software
Dental charting is the process of Dental Assisting that identifies and documents the dental health and wellness of patients through an examination by the dentist. Dental students learn how to properly chart the health of each tooth and the surrounding gums using digital software and written patient records.
Dental Assistants learn how to properly take dental impressions for dentist. Dental impressions are captured by the placement of a molding gel in an dental impression tray and placed in the patient’s mouth. The result is a cast model of the patient’s teeth and surrounding tissues.
Chairside Assisting Skills
Students learn about the roles and responsibilities of chairside assisting and how important the development of their skills can improve patient care and the patient experience at the dental office. Chairside dental assistants work closely with the dentist to help with dental procedures, document patient dental health and procedures, pass dental tools and prepare equipment for each patient.
Healthcare CPR Training
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.” Students are taught CPR techniques and receive a healthcare cpr certification upon successful testing and completion of this course.
Job Interviewing Skills
Interviewing for a job as a dental assistant will be a necessary task after completing the dental assistant program at Gwinnett Dental Career Academy. In this course, students participate in mock job interview scenarios and receive tips on what most dental practice managers will ask job applicants. Guidance is given on how to best prepare for the job interview.
Dental Assistant Graduation
Upon successful completion of the Dental Assistant program at Gwinnett Dental Career Academy, students are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to honor their achievement. Limited guests may also attend to capture the event on video or through photographs. This is an exciting time for graduates and instructors.