DNHY 1310 - Pain Control for the Dental Hygienist
Credit Hours: 3.00
Prerequisites: Admission into the Dental Hygiene Program; DNHY 1210 , DNHY 1212 , DNHY 1214 , and DNHY 1215 all with grade C or better
Corequisites: BIOL 1400 , DNHY 1312 , DNHY 1314 , and DNHY 1315
This course explores a working knowledge of theoretical and practical applications of the various physical, chemical, and psychological modalities intended for pain and anxiety management. Students acquire an in-depth pharmaceutical understanding of the common local anesthetics and vasoconstrictors used in dentistry as well as the various administration techniques for local anesthesia and nitrous oxide in the dental clinical setting.
Billable Contact Hours: 4
When Offered: Spring/Summer semester only
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain anesthesia utilized in dental hygiene.
- Explain the pharmacological properties, actions, considerations, and contraindications of local anesthetic agents.
- Explain the pharmacological properties, actions, considerations, and contraindications of vasoconstrictors.
- Explain the pharmacological properties, actions, considerations, and contraindications of nitrous oxide.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to select appropriate methods to control pain.
- Identify methods to address patient anxiety.
- Identify the uses for topical and noninjectable anesthetics.
- Explain pain/impulse conduction related to nerve anatomy and physiology.
- Identify intraoral landmarks involved in the administration of local anesthetics.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to select an analgesia method based on a patient’s needs.
- Summarize pain control techniques according to legal, ethical standards, and state board regulations.
- Summarize the different local and systemic complications from the administration of local anesthesia.
- Summarize management of local and systemic complications from the administration of local anesthesia.
- Identify items in local anesthesia armamentarium.
- Demonstrate lab competence administering local anesthesia.
- Demonstrate lab competence in administering nitrous oxide-oxygen analgesia.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will utilize professional behaviors in accordance to the Dental Hygiene Practice Act.
- Explain HIPAA compliance in health care.
- Demonstrate accurate documentation of clinical findings.
- Demonstrate accurate documentation of patient services.
- Explain the ADHA Code of Ethics.
- Explain professionalism as it relates to the practice of dental hygiene.
- Identify management techniques for medical emergencies that occur in the dental practice.
- Explain the permitted functions and supervision levels for dental hygienists in the State of Michigan.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
Week 1: Introduction to Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist; Legal Considerations
Week 2: Pharmacology of Local Anesthesia; Medical Emergencies
Week 3: Neurophysiology
Week 4: Pharmacology of Vasoconstrictors
Week 5: Clinical Action of Specific Agents/Topical Anesthetics
Week 6: Physical and Psychological Evaluation (MIDTERM)
Week 7: Anatomic Considerations; Basic Injection Techniques
Week 8: Supplemental Injection Techniques; Problems in Achieving Pain Control
Week 9: Maxillary Anesthesia
Week 10: Mandibular Anesthesia
Week 11: Nitrous Oxide
Week 12: Anesthesia for Specialists; Recent and Future Trends in Anesthesia
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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