Don't Let Practicing Dentistry Break Your Bod!

  • Thursday 1/26/2023
  • Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Course Code: 147TL
  • Cost: $125
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 204 B
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
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Stephanie Botts, RDH has been a full-time clinical dental hygienist for over 13 years. She is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist providing both in-office and virtual ergonomics consulting and coaching to dental professionals. She also provides CE to dental and dental hygiene associations on the topic of ergonomics. Her experience as a clinical dental hygienist and ergonomics expert has allowed her to recognize the unique challenges of practicing pain-free in the dental setting. Stephanie believes that by learning effective strategies to optimize proper ergonomics both inside and outside the operatory, dental professionals can practice pain-free and ensure career longevity.

Knowing and practicing ergonomics is crucial for anyone working in dentistry. We all know we should be sitting up straight and protecting our bodies while working, but how do we do that when working on patients? This course will offer practical guidance on incorporating basic ergonomic principles into the operatory. Patient positioning and operator positioning are crucial elements to focus on while in the operatory, and this course will offer a deep dive into both of these topics. It will also cover the differences in operatory design with the unique benefits and challenges specific to each. Finally, we will learn how to reduce our stress and risk of injury with activities such as breathing, exercise, and diet. Practicing dentistry is tough, but it does not have to break your bod!

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Understand foundational ergonomic strategies and how to achieve proper ergonomics in the operatory
  • Identify proper operator positioning depending on the task or treatment area 
  • Utilize different patient positions to assist in ergonomic dental practice
  • Compare and contrast different operatory layouts 
  • Comprehend different strategies to downregulate the nervous system and reduce the risk of future injury
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist, Office, Technician