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If you are considering embarking on a new career and have decided on the concept of dental assisting, our team at the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia in Colonial Heights, Virginia, would like to talk with you. Our training program offers personalized, hands-on training with a practicing dentist in an actual dental office!

Our dentist, Dr. Tom G. Schleicher, along with our dedicated team have been helping many people transition to a successful career in dental assisting. We teach you what you need to know to work in a dental related field right away. With class sizes of up to only 12 students, you will receive the training and confidence you need to work anywhere in the nation when you graduate.

Recording Medical Histories

One of the areas we focus on in our instruction is recording medical histories — a necessity for all patients. These are vital to help your dentist and staff treat the patient safely, appropriately and successfully. Recording medical histories with paper charts or electronic dental records must be thorough and accurate. Functioning as a blueprint for effective care and treatment, the patient’s chart also helps prevent malpractice.

The patient’s medical information needs to be current so that it can help identify conditions that may be relevant to the patient’s dental health or affect the treatment. Having their medical information on file can help if a medical emergency arises while they are in the office. So, for example, patients who have allergies, diabetes, epilepsy or a heart condition should have this information noted on their chart. If they have a heart condition that requires monitoring they might need to take antibiotics before their dental treatment. Also, patients who have any condition which slows their body’s healing ability needs to be known before having oral surgery or tooth extraction.

Data That Should be on the Patient’s Record

-Systemic illnesses, diseases, allergies or past reactions to anesthetics
-Current medications and medical treatments
-Their general doctor and contact information
-Dental history (past surgeries and injuries)
-Medical history (past and present)
-Social and family history
-Regular updates to their medical history, progress notes, or change in their health
-Their demographics
-The reason they are coming in for treated and the history and symptoms of the complaint

Medical history forms can be sent to patients to fill out and bring in when they to their appointment or downloaded from the internet or filled out in the office when they come in. Usually, this task falls to dental assistants to make sure these forms are filled out even if they are coming in for a dental emergency (before they can be treated).

After completing your career development program with our Institute in Colonial Heights, Virginia, you will be ready to join a dental practice as a valuable employee. If you would like to know more, please call us at 804-526-0231 and get ready to change your life!