Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Identify the basic tenets of true four‑handed dentistry.
  • Describe motion economy.
  • Identify the basic zones of activity.
  • Explain why the concepts of true four‑handed dentistry can increase productivity.
  • Identify dental team responsibilities to ensure effective four‑handed dentistry.
  • Examine equipment to increase visibility.
  • Understand how the concepts of motion economy and ergonomics can apply to both the clinical and business areas of the dental practice.
  • Describe and discuss each team member’s responsibilities during an instrument transfer.
  • Recognize and discuss specific instrument transfer techniques including the single-handed transfer, two handed transfer, hidden syringe transfer, pen grasp, modified pen grasp, palm grasp and palm thumb/thumb to nose grasp.
  • Discuss the benefits of a proper instrument transfer technique.
  • Discuss the required commitment on the part of the members of the operating team to specific work practices before and during a dental procedure.
  • Describe the role of an additional set of hands as used in six handed dentistry.
  • Explain exercises to reduce stress.