Advanced Dental and Orthodontic Assistant Training Course: Orthodontics, Sleep Apnea, and TMD – (NOA 150)



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No Prior Dental or Orthodontic Assisting experience required

  • Convenient Learning: Fully online and on-demand format, perfect for busy professionals and individuals seeking flexibility in their education.

  • Affordable Investment: Exceptional value at only $500, making advanced dental assisting education accessible to a broader audience.

  • Open to All in the Dental Field: Whether you are a dental assistant with any or no experience, a registered dental hygienist, or even a dentist and specialist looking to expand your knowledge, this course is designed for you.

  • Career Advancement Opportunities: Provides essential skills and knowledge for career advancement, allowing dental assistants to increase their income, and offering hygienists and dentists practical skills that can enhance their practice.

  • Earn 14 CE Credits: Upon successful completion, earn 14 Continuing Education credits, supporting your professional development and meeting licensure requirements.

Introduction:

Introducing the Advanced Dental and Orthodontic Assistant Training Course: Orthodontics, Sleep Apnea, and TMD—a premier, fully online, on-demand educational program tailored for dental assistants and hygienists keen on significantly elevating their expertise and employment prospects in these specialized fields. This comprehensive course delivers 14 continuing education (CE) hours recognized by the ADA CERP (American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program), setting the stage for participants to advance their careers and secure higher-paying roles as proficient dental orthodontic assistants.

Designed with the modern demands of the dental profession in mind, our curriculum is both flexible and rigorous, allowing learners to enhance their skills and knowledge at their convenience. The course features a series of interactive modules that provide hands-on practice in advanced techniques, supported by real-time feedback and assessments from seasoned instructors.

Topics range from basic principles of orthodontic care to cutting-edge approaches in managing sleep apnea and TMD, with practical, simulated learning experiences that replicate the complexities of real-life cases. This ensures that participants are well-equipped to excel in these niche areas, distinguishing themselves in the dental assisting field.

Course Objective (No Prior Dental or Orthodontic Assisting experience required)

Upon completing the Advanced Dental and Orthodontic Assistant Training Course, participants will be equipped to:

  • Understand the Fundamentals of Orthodontics: Gain a comprehensive understanding of orthodontic care principles and practices, including appliance management and patient care strategies. No prior dental or orthodontic assisting skills are required to enroll in this program, making it accessible to individuals new to the field or looking to shift their career path.

  • Manage Sleep Apnea Cases: Acquire the skills to identify, diagnose, and assist in the management of sleep apnea treatments and appliances.

  • Address Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD): Develop a deep understanding of TMD’s etiology, diagnosis, and available treatment options.

  • Master Orthodontic, TMD, and Sleep Terminology & Instruments: Become familiar with the specific terminology and instruments used in the treatment of orthodontics, TMD, and sleep apnea.

  • Interpret Diagnostic Records and Utilize Mirror Photography: Learn how to accurately take and interpret diagnostic records for orthodontics, TMD, and sleep apnea, including the application of mirror photography for clinical documentation.

  • Recognize the Importance of Cephalometric Landmarks and Tracings: Understand the significance of cephalometric landmarks and how to perform accurate cephalometric tracings for patient assessment.

  • Execute Banding, Bracketing, and Tube Placements: Develop the technical skills required for placing bands, brackets, tubes, and teeth separators efficiently and effectively.

  • Implement Phase I and II Orthodontic Treatments: Grasp the principles of early and advanced orthodontic treatment, including the use of facemasks, headgear, expanders, utility arch wires, and clear aligners.

  • Navigate the Straight Wire Series and Address Malocclusions: Learn to differentiate between Class I, II, & III malocclusions and master strategies for space management, treating deep and open bites.

  • Apply Finishing Techniques and Use Elastics: Master finishing techniques for orthodontic cases, including the strategic application of elastics for optimal treatment outcomes.

  • Understand Debonding and Retention Strategies: Acquire knowledge about debonding procedures and retention strategies, such as lower lingual fixed retainers and removable retainers.

  • Conduct Sleep Apnea Testing and Treatment: Gain expertise in sleep apnea testing, appliance fabrication from impressions or scans, adjustments, billing practices, and patient follow-up care.

  • Perform TMD Examination, Testing, Imaging, and Treatment: Learn how to conduct comprehensive TMD examinations, select and interpret appropriate tests and imaging techniques, and apply effective treatment strategies.

  • Treat TMD, Bruxism, and Utilize Splints and Occlusal Guards: Understand the treatment approaches for TMD and bruxism, including the use of splints and occlusal guards.

  • Advance Your Career with New Skills: Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools needed for career advancement, including job hunting strategies, resume building, and networking within the dental community to secure higher-paying positions and achieve financial independence.

This program is designed to be inclusive and comprehensive, allowing individuals without prior dental or orthodontic assisting experience to embark on a rewarding career path filled with opportunities for growth and advancement.

Course Content (No Prior Dental or Orthodontic Assisting experience required)

The Advanced Dental and Orthodontic Assistant Training Course is meticulously designed to deepen participants’ understanding and skills in dental assisting with a focus on Orthodontics, TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders), and Sleep Apnea. 

This curriculum is tailored to provide dental assistants with advanced knowledge and practical skills in specialized areas of dental care, preparing them for enhanced career opportunities and professional growth.

This course has both hands-on exercises, presentations and lectures. 

The curriculum include:

  • Orthodontic, TMD, and Sleep Terminology, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Instruments

    • An introduction to the specific terminology, diagnosis techniques, treatment planning strategies, and instruments utilized in Orthodontics, TMD, and Sleep Apnea treatments.

  • Diagnostic Orthodontic, Sleep, and TMD Records, Camera & Mirrors, and Photography

    • Techniques for comprehensive record-taking using cameras and mirrors, emphasizing clinical photography to support diagnosis and treatment planning.

  • Importance of Cephalometric X-ray Landmarks and Tracings

    • Detailed instruction on cephalometric X-ray analysis, landmark identification, and tracing techniques for accurate treatment planning.

  • Banding & Bracketing, Molar Tubes Placements & Teeth Separation

    • Practical training in banding, bracketing, placing molar tubes, and teeth separation techniques.

  • Orthodontic Space Maintainers: Band and Loop, LLA, TPA

    • In-depth coverage of space maintainers, including band and loop, lower lingual arch (LLA), and transpalatal arch (TPA) appliances, from impressions or scans to appliance seating and adjustments.

  • Phase I – Early Orthodontic Treatment

    • Strategies for addressing early orthodontic issues, utilizing facemasks, headgear, expanders, and habit cessation appliances for thumb sucking and open bite correction.

  • Utility Arch Wire & Its Capabilities

    • Exploration of the utility arch wire in treatment, focusing on its diverse capabilities.

  • Phase II – Understanding the Straight Wire Series, IPR, and Clear Aligners

    • Advanced concepts in the Straight Wire technique, interproximal reduction (IPR) for addressing crowding, and comprehensive clear aligner training from impressions or scans to appliance seating and patient instruction.

  • Malocclusion Types: Class I, II, & III, Open and Deep Bites

    • Diagnosis and treatment modalities for various malocclusion types and bite issues.

  • Space Management: Closing and Opening Space

    • Effective techniques for managing space within orthodontic treatment plans.

  • Bite Corrections: Treating Deep Bites and Open Bites

    • Specialized strategies for correcting bite problems.

  • Finishing Cases & Elastics Strategies

    • Techniques for concluding orthodontic treatments and employing elastics.

  • Debonding & Retention Methods

    • Procedures for debonding orthodontic appliances and ensuring treatment retention.

  • Sleep Apnea: Testing, Treatment, Appliance Fabrication, and Billing

    • Comprehensive management of sleep apnea, including testing, treatment options, appliance fabrication, adjustments, and billing.

  • TMD Examination, Testing, Imaging, Treatment, and Billing

    • Detailed approaches to TMD management, including examination, testing, imaging, treatment strategies, billing, and full mouth occlusal adjustments.

  • Use of Splints and Occlusal Guards for TMD and Bruxism Treatment, and Marketing

    • Utilization of splints and occlusal guards for managing TMD and bruxism, alongside strategies for marketing these treatments in dental practices.

  • Career Advancement: How to Find and Secure Employment with Your New Skills

    • This crucial module is dedicated to leveraging your enhanced skills for career advancement. It covers effective strategies for job hunting in the specialized fields of Orthodontics, TMD, and Sleep Apnea assisting. Participants will learn how to highlight their new competencies in resumes and interviews, network within the dental community, and identify opportunities in practices that value advanced dental assisting skills. The goal is to empower dental assistants with the knowledge and tools needed to secure higher-paying positions, thereby increasing their income and laying the foundation for financial independence. This section also includes guidance on professional development, continuous learning, and the importance of staying updated with the latest trends and technologies in dental care to further career growth.

By incorporating comprehensive technical training with career development strategies, the Advanced Dental and Orthodontic Assistant Training Course aims to not only enhance participants’ clinical capabilities but also equip them with the skills necessary to advance in the competitive dental care industry. Graduates of this course will be well-prepared to take on new challenges, secure rewarding positions, and achieve their professional and financial goals.

 

The Nagy Orthodontic Academy is an ADA CERP* Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

 

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