Ontario Dental Assistants – Scope of Practice
LEVEL I CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT SKILLS (CDA)
- Preparation of the treatment/clinical area.
- Cleaning and sterilization of instruments and hand pieces.
- Passing instruments to the dentist or hygienist (single- and two-handed technique).
- Proper use of High Volume Evacuator within the Oral Cavity.
- Preparation of Restorative Materials.
- Perform simple laboratory procedures such as the pouring and trimming of study models.
- Maintains supplies and equipment (stocks and replenishes supplies).
- Monitors inventory.
- Assesses emergency situations, aware of emergency protocols, knowledge of First Aid and CPR.
- Assists in maintaining emergency drug kits.
- Ability to interpret Material Safety Data Sheets.
- Conducts spore/biological indicator tests.
- Recording data on patients’ record or chart as directed by the DDS.
- Patient and community education on oral health (extra-oral).
- Other extra-oral duties as required by the dentist.
- Instruction in care and maintenance of pre-fitted appliances.
- Expose, process, and mount radiographs as specified by HARP.
- Obtains vital signs.
LEVEL Ⅱ INTRA-ORAL DENTAL ASSISTANT SKILLS (CDA Ⅱ)
(with NDAEB certificate)
- Includes, but not limited to, all duties of CERTIFIED Level I Dental Assistants as listed above.
- Mechanical polishing of the coronal portion of the teeth.
- Placement and removal of rubber dam.
- Taking of preliminary impressions of teeth for study models.
- Topical application of anti-cariogenic agents.
- Oral hygiene instruction with an intra-oral component.
- Dietary counseling relative to dentistry.
- Application of materials topically to prepare the surface of the teeth for pit and fissure sealants.
- Application of pit and fissure sealants.
- Application of topical anaesthetics.
- Application of desensitizing agents.
- Whitening of the coronal portion of the teeth using materials generally available to the public without prescription.
- Polishing restorations.
- Oral irrigation.
The following skills cannot be performed by Level II Dental Assistants in Ontario at this time as they are considered Controlled Acts.
- Application of Matrices and Wedges.
- Application of Treatment Liners.
DENTAL RECEPTIONIST/FRONT DESK ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS (CDR)
- Patient reception and dismissal
- Appointment book control and maintain recall system
- Block out times for reserved emergency and new appointments
- Maintaining and controlling business area
- Handle all incoming calls promptly and efficiently
- Patient follow-up treatment calls
- Public relations
- Managing receivables and payables
- Prepare and balance bank deposits on daily basis
- Age and prepare outstanding account statements
- Maintaining financial records
- Incoming mail, invoices, packing slips and statements (forward to appropriate person for verification and/or payment)
- Maintaining file system
- Ordering and receiving supplies
TREATMENT COORDINATOR SKILLS (CDTC)
- Performs required part of consultation
- Reviews medical history and explains office policies and procedures
- Makes a definite financial agreement with each patient/parent in accordance with the financial policies of the office. Prepares financial agreement form for each patient
- Monitors patient progress through each treatment
- Sends the patient records for consultation with appropriate specialists as required
- Co-ordinates goodwill program
- Helps to co-ordinate practice building and public relations efforts with patients, parents and referring professionals
- Print and proofread patient correspondence
- Keeps treatment acceptance rate within practice goals
- Ensures the follow-up of "will-advise" and mail-in referrals
- Educates patients with respect to appointments and financial obligations
PREVENTIVE DENTAL ASSISTANT SKILLS (CPDA)
(Listed with RCDSO prior to January 1, 2000)
- Includes, but not limited to all duties of CERTIFIED Level I Dental Assistants as listed above
- Chairside Dental Assisting (Level I)
- Mechanical polishing of the coronal portion of the teeth
- Placement and removal of rubber dam
- Taking of preliminary impression of teeth for study models
- Topical application of anti-cariogenic agents
- Oral hygiene instruction with an intra-oral component
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