Sep 30, 2023  
2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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DHY 183 - Dental Hygiene I Theory

Last Date of Approval: fall 2021

2 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 30
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course builds upon the fundamental level dental hygiene knowledge and skills acquired in DHY 174 - Principles of Dental Hygiene . Emphasis centers on the dental hygiene process of care and utilizes the care model as the basis for the provision of care to individuals in specific populations, patients with special needs, and medically compromised patients. Emergency procedures and protocol will be presented and practiced with emphasis placed on the recognition and prevention of emergency conditions, medico-legal considerations, and management of emergencies in a dental environment. This course is only offered to students who are accepted into the dental hygiene program. This course is the first of four DHY theory courses. This course will help students develop knowledge of clinical dental hygiene and patient management skills. Students will use these skills to critically think as they evaluate and treat dental hygiene patients. This knowledge will be beneficial to the career of dental hygiene. 

Corequisites: DHY 184 
Mode(s) of Instruction: face to face

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): Comprehensive final examination

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  • Use the dental hygiene process of care to assess, provide a dental hygiene diagnosis, and develop a dental hygiene care plan for a variety of patients.
  • Identify and discuss the prevention and management of dental emergencies
  • Discuss medical and legal considerations related to dental office emergencies.
  • Identify specific social, or health/medical conditions that require modification of normal dental hygiene treatment regimens and describe the associated modifications for each group.
  • Design a treatment plan based on specific patient needs and overall integrate with the overall appointment plan.

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