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Dental Assisting Classes

At the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting, our classes are designed to cover a broad variety of subjects, both didactic and clinical, that prepare our students for the wide-ranging responsibilities of a dental assistant.

Beginning in the first weeks of our dental assisting program, students are immersed in classes that provide the foundation for dental assisting credentials. Students start with topics such as ethics in the practice of health care, including HIPAA compliance, as well as dental jurisprudence (laws that govern the practice of dentistry).

Other initial lessons include sterilization concepts, such as proper cleaning of instruments and operatories, as well as infection control, or how to prevent the spread of disease in a clinical setting. These topics include both classroom lectures as well as clinical exercises that help students put their knowledge to practical use.

In order to be a valuable and successful member of a dental team, assistants must possess a wide range of knowledge. For this reason, classes covering microbiology, embryology, histology, and pharmacology are part of the Sunrise curriculum. In addition, anatomy of the head and neck make up an important portion of the curriculum and, of course, tooth anatomy, morphology, and terminology are essential components of the dental assistant education.

Sunrise students also learn all of the important practical aspects of dental assisting, including dental charting, proper chairside techniques, and identification and proper use of dental instruments. Students also gain an understanding of the different types of local anesthetics and nitrous oxide. Additionally, the clinical training includes topics such as dental office emergencies as well as CPR training.

Radiology training comprises a large portion of the Sunrise curriculum, evidenced by the NC Radiology Certification our graduates receive. Classes on the principles of radiology precede numerous clinics that allow students to practice obtaining and critiquing x-rays. Radiology safety is a vital component of this process.

Advanced clinical courses cover many topics, such as impression techniques, fabrication of bleaching trays, fluoride treatments, sealants, gingival retraction, and temporary crown fabrication. Each of these topics is accompanied by clinical labs taught by highly dedicated and experienced faculty who help students hone their skills.

The basics of different dental specialties are also incorporated into the curriculum, including periodontics, orthodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery.

Because becoming a successful dental assistant requires more than just clinical ability, our students are instructed how to compose resumes, conduct job searches, and succeed in interviews.

At the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting, our comprehensive curriculum will provide you with all the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Combined with our dedicated student services, our graduates are confident and prepared in their job searches.

To lean more about our curriculum, please contact us or visit our application page to learn about the application process.

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