Bringing Best Practices into Your Practice

Category: Dental Learning , CAD/CAM
Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists
Cost: $29.00
ADA Credits: 2
AGD Credits: 2

Dental professionals work in a complex environment that requires consideration of ergonomics. This encompasses physical, psychosocial and organizational factors. Four-handed dentistry results in organized and collaborative performance of work, effectiveness, increased productivity and efficiency, and helps to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries when performed properly. The dental operatory design, operatory furniture and instruments require particular consideration and can help provide ergonomic solutions in dentistry.

Learning Objectives

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information on ergonomics and office design. After completing this article, the reader will be able to: 

1. Describe work-related musculoskeletal injuries that may occur in the dental office environment and factors involved; 
2. List and describe factors influencing ergonomics in the dental office; and, 
3. Review the elements of office design that can foster good work practices for ergonomics and health, and considerations in designing a healthy office.

Abstract

Dental professionals work in a complex environment that requires consideration of ergonomics. This encompasses physical, psychosocial and organizational factors. Four-handed dentistry results in organized and collaborative performance of work, effectiveness, increased productivity and efficiency, and helps to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries when performed properly. The dental operatory design, operatory furniture and instruments require particular consideration and can help provide ergonomic solutions in dentistry.