Welcome to Lanier Tech’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.mp4

Welcome to Lanier Tech’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.mp4


Hello! I’m Dr. David Byers, Program
Director for Dental Hygiene at Lanier Technical College. I want to welcome you
to our wonderful, new campus that we have here in Hall County, and today, I
especially want to showcase the Dental Hygiene Clinic just for you! Let’s
start out with the reception area. Come this way. Here we have Kim Duncan
running the front desk. She greets our patients, schedules the appointments, and overall ensures that everything continues to run smoothly. Yes, we do
provide hygiene care to the public. If you’re interested in becoming a patient,
or you’d like to know more about the services we offer, you can find all of
that information on our website, or you can simply call Kim. Now, I can’t wait to
show you our clinic! It is fantastic! Come this way with me. I have several hygiene
students lined up to help show us around. As we come into the clinic, you’re gonna
see that we have fifteen operatories where we provide patient care. Our goal
is to help students learn to become successful dental hygienists. One of the
ways that we do this is we like to train them with different different types of
technology that they’re likely to see when they go into private practice. One
example for this would be ultrasonic instrumentation. It’s going to make it
easier and more efficient when they’re cleaning teeth. A second example would be the use of the intraoral camera. This greatly facilitates the process when
you’re providing patient education, or when you’re treatment planning. Now, here we have Mary. Mary’s one of our hygiene students. What can you share with us
about the clinic today? Its brand new, and it’s really clean, and we are so
fortunate to have such a wonderful clinic, so that we can learn our hygiene
skills! All of our services are centered around hygiene, so we are providing exams, x-rays, cleanings, and other preventative procedures. It all depends on what you
need. We make a treatment plan that is specific for each patient, and it will be
discussed with you in detail before treatment is provided. We are an
educational program, so the appointments will run longer than what you are used
to seeing at your usual dental clinic, but you can rest assured that each step
is carefully monitored by covering faculty, and you will finish up with a thorough
cleaning.Thank you, Mary, that was very helpful. Now, I believe I can hear
Cesia running some instruments in Sterilization. Let’s go that way next. Hey Cesia, can you share with us the process that you’re following to ensure that we
have clean dental instruments? Of course, Dr. Byers. Here we have our sterilization
area, which we like to keep us organized as possible. Notice the color coding from
red to blue. The red area is for instruments that are dirty, while the
blue area is for instruments that have been properly cleaned and sterilized. We
like to use this method to ensure that everything is in its proper place. Also, notice the foot pedals along the floor. These allow us to open and close
some of our cabinetry, and use our water system. We also have a built-in sensor, which allows us to open and close our dryer. The advantage here is that we are
limiting the amount of surfaces we touch with our hands. We follow a specific
process as well to ensure that our instruments are cleaned and sterilized
properly. This way they are safe and ready for patient care. This method also
helps protect others including myself who clean and sterilize the instruments.
Thank you, Cesia. That was very good, and very informative. Now, the next stop on the tour, Radiology. Come this way. Here we have Donna getting ready to take a digital pan to help with a screening
exam. Donna, can you pause for a minute and share with us about the radiology
area? Sure, Dr. Byers. This is our digital pan that we use to help screen patients
on their first visit to our clinic. It’s a great way to get an initial assessment
as to whether they have certain dental needs and if our students are ready to
meet that required level of care. We have four other operatories that we utilize
for x-rays, and we do this by placing either film or digital sensor inside a
mouth, and that’s what most patients are probably used to. It really is
amazing the amount of detail that we can see from the x-rays that we take, which
is awesome, because the more that we can see the better the treatment plan we can
develop for our patients. Excellent! Thank you so much, Donna. We’re going next to
the Dental Simulation Lab. The final stop on our tour is the dental sim lab, and it is fantastic! In here you’re going to see students honing their skills and
perfecting their techniques. I’m gonna ask Rachel to share with us what happens
in here. Sure, Dr. Byers. This is the sim lab, and it’s one of my favorite areas. We
have sixteen operatories with mannequins set up, so we can almost exactly simulate
real-life patient care. The instructors use this area to teach
students the techniques and skills required to use a sharp dental
instrument in a state and precise manner. They insist that we have to show this
before we can begin care on a real patient. It’s a great way to build confidence, and it’s amazing how similar it is for treating a real patient! Thank you, Rachel. As you can see, we have a wonderful, new facility, and we have
terrific students that are graduating as Dental Hygienists ready to go out and
serve in the community! We’re really excited about the educational
opportunities that we have ahead of us, not just with Dental Hygiene, but with
all of Lanier Technical College, and we want to invite you to come join in the
fun!

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