This course will provide dental assistants with the proper educational requirements as stated in Illinois law for application of pit and fissure sealants and coronal polishing which includes didactic study in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and dental emergencies followed by a written exam. This course will also include two hours of clinical experience on pit and fissure sealants and two hours on coronal polishing. The clinical instruction on coronal polishing will include work performed on a human subject.
Each participant must agree to act as a patient for coronal polishing. In addition, each participant must follow the OSHA guidelines for infection control and use of clinical Personal Protective Equipment (i.e., gloves, mask, eyewear and clinic gown).
At completion of this course and prior to being permitted to perform these expanded functions in Illinois, the dental assistant must meet the following requirements:
• Dental assistant is 18 years of age and has been working as a dental assistant for at least 1,000 hours.
• The supervising dentist must personally observe the successful placement of six sealants on a patient(s) by the dental assistant.
• Successful participant will receive a certificate of completion.