The Hospital Dental Services (HDS) dental assistant functions under the direct supervision of the faculty provider, providing assistance for the faculty provider, dental students, and residents in all areas of the hospital dental department. Hospital Dental Services has three defined programs, pediatrics, adult dentistry, and oral surgery. Hospital Dental Services (HDS) provides care for medically fragile and special needs patients. Dental Assistants in the department assist in both the clinic and the operating room. Along with the requirement to perform dental assisting while patients are under general anesthesia in an operating room and to monitor sedated patients for vital signs in the dental office.
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