An Overview of Modern Dental Technology

Categories: Dental Assisting

Dental Assistants are responsible for a wide variety of on-the-job tasks, with duties including everything from making patients as comfortable as possible in the dentist’s chair, to obtaining and maintaining patient records, and everything in between. As you begin your career in Dental Assisting, it is important to familiarize yourself with the various tools and equipment you will be using on a day-to-day basis. As a Dental Assistant, you will be responsible for operating and sterilizing a range of sophisticated equipment and instruments. Many dental tools are used to keep the patient’s mouth dry and clear of debris to aid the dentist’s visibility and make the patient more comfortable. Most Dental Assistant responsibilities do not include using any invasive equipment, like drills. The most commonly used tools include the suction hose, high-volume evacuator, and air-water syringe. Dental Assistants use the suction hose (also commonly referred to as a saliva ejector…

What is Myofascial Release?

Categories: Massage Therapy

Myofascial release is a massage technique that incorporates stretching and massaging of the soft connective tissues, also known as fascia. In the late 1990s, patients began to realize the potential for pain management and increased flexibility using myofascial release, which is when this form of Massage Therapy began to gain in popularity among Massage Therapists. The practice of myofascial release begins with a gentle massage, designed to warm and loosen the muscles. During this portion of the massage, the Massage Therapist will identify areas of tension that need further attention and will then return to those areas to stretch the muscles and work the fascia. Muscles can hold a great deal of stress and tension, which can cause muscles to seize or lock, making the myofascial release treatment rather intense – but it should never be painful. However, patients may experience soreness and stiffness following their treatment, which will diminish…

Helpful Tips for New Allied Health Students

Categories: Uncategorized

As you take your first step toward an exciting and fulfilling career in allied health, be sure to keep these helpful tips in mind to make your educational experience here at Arizona College as valuable and rewarding as possible. Utilize our school’s Career Services Department! Career Services can provide you with resume assistance, mock interviews to help you land your dream job, and even job leads. Stop by the Career Services office as soon as possible (even if you just started your program) and let them provide you with job-focused guidance throughout your training. To make funding your education a bit more affordable, be sure to look into various sources for financial aid. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov as soon as you can to see if you qualify for federal grants or state aid. At Arizona College, the cost of textbooks is included…

Phlebotomy Equipment

Categories: Phlebotomy

When beginning your Phlebotomy training, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the wide range of equipment you may use on a day-to-day basis. At a minimum, the equipment required when drawing blood includes gloves, alcohol or iodine to cleanse the area, a tourniquet, tubes, a tube holder, needles, tape, and gauze. A Phlebotomist should be completely aware of the wide range of needles, tubes, etc. that they may encounter in the field, including: Syringe – syringes are used to collect blood from patients with small or fragile veins. Another tool that can be used in these situations is a butterfly needle. Multi-sample blood collection needle – this device has two needles that are screwed into the holder. One needle is inserted into the vein while the vacuum blood collection tube is inserted into the holder and punctured by the needle on the other end of the tool. Tourniquet –…

Happy Holidays to Come

Categories: Uncategorized

During the holiday season, it truly is better to give than to receive. This year, Arizona College is getting back to the basics of what the holidays are really about with our annual Arizona College Christmas Angel Tree and Thanksgiving Adopt a Family events, which are all about providing assistance and support to those students who are in need of a helping hand. During the holiday season, Arizona College’s Director of Student Services & Career Services will be coordinating these events to give back to select students. During past years, the Thanksgiving Adopt a Family event included feeding four families within the student body full Thanksgiving meals. These meals were complete with everything from the Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings, to pumpkin waffles for the next morning’s breakfast, handmade by Arizona College staff members. We are pleased to say, that this year, we were able to adopt eight Arizona…