Course Title: Assist in oral health care procedures during general anaesthesia

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4320 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Title: Assist in oral health care procedures during general anaesthesia

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 200

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

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Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

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Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to assist the dentist or dental specialist in carrying out oral health care procedures on clients under general anaesthesia

All procedures are carried out in accordance with work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards, State/Territory legislative requirements and organisation policy

The demonstration of all performance criteria is to be under the direction of the dentist or dental specialist

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
 HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
 HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processesHLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA408D Assist in oral health care procedures during general anaesthesia


1. Prepare the client for oral health care procedures under general anaesthesia

2. Select and prepare equipment, instruments, materials and medicaments applicable for oral health care procedures under general anaesthesia

3. Assist the operator during general anaesthesia

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Provide written prescribed pre-operative and post-operative instructions to the client and/or carer prior to the general anaesthetic session
1.2 Confirm and document arrangements for the provision of an escort following the procedure
1.3 Provide an appropriate environment for the client and/or carer to ask questions
1.4 Make accessible in the clean zone of the surgery the client’s necessary charts and records
1.5 Maintain confidentiality of client information in accordance with dental practice/organisation policy and procedures

2.1 Prepare the equipment, instruments materials and medicaments for the planned procedure
2.2 Arrange instruments in order of use in accordance with operator requirements

3.1 Give personal protective equipment to the client and members of the dental team
3.2 Follow standard operating suite /theatre policy and procedures
3.3 Select and transfer safely the correct dental instruments, equipment, materials and medicaments
3.4 Assist the operator, when required, to monitor the client airway and vital signs as allowed by legislation
3.5 Record accurately and legibly the oral health care treatment given, materials used and medicaments prescribed

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning knowledge, and skills; assessment activities may include written tests, written work, practical assessments and a workplace assessment.