4 Things Your Dental Patients May Not Be Telling You

Categories: Dental Assisting

It’s not uncommon for people to experience a degree of anxiety when it comes time to take a seat in the dentist’s chair. As a Dental Assistant, it’s important to be aware of this in order to put your patients at ease while providing as calming an experience as possible. In addition, be sure to ask your patients questions throughout the examination process, as there may be some things your patients aren’t necessarily telling you about their dental health and habits. Ask your patients about their diet. Many of your patients may not have a true understanding about just how much their diet can affect their teeth. Patients may be hesitant to tell their dentist about any underlying illnesses or ailments they are suffering from that don’t necessarily have anything to do with their teeth. It is extremely important to find out if there are any illnesses, recent surgical procedures,…

New Year’s Resolution: Get a Fresh Start with a New Career

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Why not get 2013 off to a fresh start with a new career in allied health? There are a variety of training programs at Arizona College for those interested in becoming a Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapist, Phlebotomist, Pharmacy Technician, or Health Information Specialist. The term “allied health” describes the professions in healthcare that do not include nurses, medical doctors, pharmacists, or dentists. By working closely with these healthcare experts, allied health professionals are able to provide a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care. To get a fresh start at Arizona College in 2013 and take the first step toward a new healthcare career, schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable staff members and take a tour of one of our campuses. All students must meet the following requirements: ·Students must have a high school diploma or GED verification. ·All students must receive a…

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

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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…