Dental Assisting

Sylvania HT 206 | 971-722-4795 | Staff

Technical Standards

The Dental Assistant student must be able to meet the following technical standards:

  • Ability to work independently and manage a variety of tasks in a short amount of time.
  • Handle stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards of patient care situations.
  • Provide physical and emotional support to the patient during dental procedures.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal relation skills.
  • Communicate both verbally and in writing in an effective manner to explain procedures and give instructions.
  • Understand and react quickly to verbal instruction.
  • Follow directions effectively and work closely with members of the dental team.
  • Hear under normal conditions with or without hearing device.
  • Possess eyesight capable of viewing small visual images with or without glasses, and distinguish between black, white and subtle shades of gray.
  • Demonstrate finger dexterity and eye/hand coordination to perform large and small motor coordination in a small working area (a patient’s mouth).
  • Stand in place for long periods of time.
  • Lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Operate dental radiology equipment, which could require pushing, pulling or moving.
  • Stoop to retrieve dental supplies.
  • Sit for prolonged periods of time on the dental stool and occupy a small space opposite the dentist in the operatory (approximately 3’ x 3’).
  • Reach to overhead radiographic equipment and dental operating light (approximately 5’ above the floor).
  • Possess tactile sense for examining teeth and oral tissues.
  • Not prone to psoriasis, dermatitis, or other chronic skin disorders with open lesions or allergic responses to dental materials and agents.
  • Perform skills (such as CPR) related to emergency procedures required in a dental office.