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The Concepts of Four-handed Dentistry Including Ergonomic Instrument Transfer and Exercises for Stress Reduction

Course Number: 643

Operator Responsibilities

  • Use a non verbal signal to indicate a need to exchange an instrument; this avoids tedious and repetitious verbal communication throughout the workday.

  • Withdrawal of the used instrument from the operative field often serves as a non verbal signal and it repositions the used instrument for better access by the dental assistant.

  • Place the used instrument in their hand in a position that enables the assistant to safely retrieve it.

  • The assistant grasps the used instrument.

  • The assistant transfers the new instrument.

  • Maintain eyes on the operative field.

  • Refrain from removing instruments from or replacing instruments onto the pre-set tray.