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Times have changed for the role of the dental assistant

Times have changed for the role of the dental assistant

Anesthetic Work

She should know how to operate the gas machine if one is used and how to properly administer the anesthetic. She should understand thoroughly how to change inhalers to prolong the anesthetic.

She should know what to do in case vomiting, cyanosis, or other untoward symptoms develop.

How to position the patient for the purpose of resuscitation; how to administer amilnitrate, and how to prepare the patient for and give a hypodermic injection.

In positioning the patient for the operation, she should see that there is no strain upon the neck muscles or veins; that the patient is in a comfortable position affording complete relaxation.

She should see that all of the instruments required for the operation are in a place convenient to the operator, and that sterile sponges and gauze are at hand.

She should understand first aid manipulation to revive the patient when necessary, and should take entire charge of the patient after the operation.

Care of Patient After Operation

After the patient has been taken to the recovery room and wishes to lie down, it is best to have her lie on her right side, and see that she is well covered. A basin should be well under her chin so that she does not have to raise her head to expectorate. There should be plenty of fresh air in the room. If the patient feels nauseated, a glass of lukewarm salt water may be given. The best way is to have her sit up, rinse her mouth well, then drink the salt water all at once. This either settles the stomach or washes it out, and the patient generally feels much better immediately. A cold wet towel upon the face adds much to the comfort. After a few minutes rest the patient may be dismissed.