Dental Assistant Training: Suctioning


Prior to practicing suctioning on a co-student: the correct osha-approved to wipe disinfection method must be
performed on the dental unit. If you are not sure of the correct method of
disinfection of a dental unit, please review the opening wipe and barrier
video. You do not need to disinfect the utility cart or any of its attachments.
With clean hands, no gloves required, place the disposable barriers. Those
needed for this procedure are the patient chair, the light handle on the
dental assistant side of the chair only, the light switch, the HVE, the LVE suction
devices, the air water syringe, and the patient share control touchpad on the
dental assistant side only. Next, wash your hands or use alcohol rub to clean
your hands, dawn gloves, place air water tips into the syringes,
and suction tips onto the suction hose connectors. The HVE tip should be placed
into the hose connector with the bevel of the tip open and facing up and in
line with the suction device finger switch. The hole or slot on the HVE
should be up to go into the patient’s mouth. After seeding your patient, provide them
with protective eye wear and place a protective bib on. Now place the patient
into a supine position and arrange your dental assisting chair
in the correct position for the suctioning procedure. The assistant must
again use alcohol rub and dawn PPEs. They should be put on in the correct order,
which is the gown first, then safety glasses, and mask. Use alcohol rub again, then dawn new gloves. The assistant can
now be seated and pick up the HVE suction device in the right hand, holding
it in a pen grasp or a thumb to nose grasp, and turn the switch to the on
position with the right index finger. The air water syringe should be picked up
and held in the left hand with the suction device turned on a 20-second
flush of water from the syringe should be directed into the HVE suction tip. In
addition the assistant should practice an air water spray into the HVE suction
tip. Turn light on and direct the light into the patient’s mouth. To rinse a bad
taste from the patient’s mouth, the assistant should use the LVE suctioning
device held in the right hand. The assistant places the LVE tip into
the patient’s mouth and activates an air water spray to rinse back and forth
across the patient’s tongue. Be careful not to place the LVE tip in the center
of the tongue as this may cause discomfort to the patient and may
possibly cause them to gag. Lift the LVE and move it back and forth from one side
of the mouth to the other to collect the water and saliva that will pool in these
areas. Instruct the patient to keep their mouth open while you are performing this
procedure. Next, the assistant will use the HVE tip to suction water from the
patient’s mouth in the posterior area. Holding the HVE suction device in the
right hand; using a pen grasp make sure the bevel
and switch are facing up so the switch can be turned on and off using the right
index finger. When using this device, the bevel should always be held parallel to
the tooth or teeth you are rinsing in all four quadrants.
When suctioning the patient’s left side, the bevel will always be parallel to the
facial surface of the teeth. When suctioning the patient’s right side, the
bevel will always be parallel to the lingual side of the teeth. After a few
seconds of rinsing, discontinue spraying the water and collect what has pooled in
the corners of the patient’s mouth. Again avoid touching the middle or back areas
of the patient’s tongue. Use the air water syringe tip to retract the cheeks which
will create a clear vision of the area and eliminate the tendencies to suction
the soft tissues of the cheeks lip and tongue. Also be careful to avoid resting
the suction tip on the patient’s gum tissue or lips during a procedure. Be
aware of where your suction tip is located at all times as this can cause
the patient great discomfort. When the dentist is preparing the tooth from the
lingual aspect of the anterior area, position the HVE tip so that it is
parallel to the facial surface and extends slightly beyond the incisal edge.
When the dentist is preparing the tooth from the facial aspect of the anterior
area, position the HVE tip so that it is parallel to the lingual surface and
extends slightly beyond the incisal edge. Limited area rinsing is performed
frequently throughout a procedure as debris accumulates during the
preparation and restoration of a tooth. This rinsing must be accomplished
quickly and efficiently causing no delay in the procedure. This occurs mostly when the dentist exits the mouth and pauses for inspection. Suctioning is an
important dental assisting skill that takes a lot of practice. Do not be
discouraged if this procedure difficult and frustrating at first. With
practice you’ll become proficient in this skill.

25 thoughts on “Dental Assistant Training: Suctioning

  1. Hi! Im so interested about this.
    I am a secondary education graduate, is it possible for me to get this job?
    I am willing to have some trainings

  2. Haha this brings me back to my PCC dental assistant student days. Though I don't think we had to watch this video

  3. I have an oral evacuation assessment tomorrow at school. This video helps me a great deal! 🙌🏾🤗🙏🏾 Thanks for posting! 👌🏾

  4. Quite different with Japanese dental clinics.
    First, in Japan, GIRLS are too young and they change her job very often.
    Also, they luck of medical care. Now days, It's difficult to find a good dental office.

  5. OMG I just started working this week as DA and boy it's alot to keep up with, it's so different when you have to do it for real then in school, especially when they only train you for two days then they leave you in your own 😌

  6. Wow I've been a dental assistant for 26 years this is a total Overkill I can guarantee you that not very many offices are going to make you wear a disposable gown and put sanitizer on your hands this is really ridiculous

  7. It’s hard auctioning when the dentist doesn’t let you see cus they’re all over with the hand mirror & high speed & gives me anxiety seeing the patient have so much water in their mouth & the dentist won’t let you suction properly cus they want to finish the procedure fast. & it’s hard to retract the tongue & auctioning at the same time & passing the instruments while retracting the tongue

  8. Hi..I am a dentist in my country.I want to move for being dental assistant in Canada…My choice is Georgian College and my question is:: What I should choose Dental.assistant certificate it takes 1 year or dental assistant diploma program which it takes 2 years..? ..which one? My goal find surgery assistant job and during work pass dentist exams and become a dentist im Canada…thansk for reading..if you have any good advice for choosing best Colleges and programs there.I am ready to hear these

  9. using a pen grasp is just a waste of time, use your whole hand you will have better control of the HVE and can use it better with retracting with it.

  10. I've been a dental assistant for many years trust me this all text book .. real dental assistant life in so different

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