2022 Catalog: All Courses
DA0023: Periodontal Expanded Function Dental Assistant [EFDA] Course - Polson
Please read this section carefully! If you are waitlisted for this course, you are encouraged to register for another course in addition to this one.
The periodontal EFDA course is designed to teach dental assistants to provide dental cleanings to remove visible calculus by using state-of-the art Piezoelectric scalers or Magnetostrictive ultrasonic scalers. Hand scaling is no longer a part of the periodontal EFDA curriculum.
1. All DAs registered in this course must complete the prerequisite course, DA0001, at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. Failure to do so may result in removal from the course by the course director.
2. All DAs registered in this course should be prepared to take the course. If you feel that you need additional preparation prior to the course, please work with your dental director.
3. All DAs and course instructors participating in this course must comply fully with IHS COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Failure to comply will result in removal from the course by the course director.
During the Course:
1. Participants are expected to pass a series of didactic [lecture] and clinical examinations to show proficiency in course content. This includes clinical work with typodonts and with real patients.
2. At the conclusion of the weeklong course, the course director will provide participants with a completion code. The DA will then have 3 days to complete the online post-course evaluation and get CDE credit. Failure to get CDE credit will result in non-certification down the road, so it is important to do this right away!
1. DAs must complete 20 dental cleanings which are checked and scored by the hygienist/dentist at their home dental clinic. These should be done under direct supervision of the dentist or hygienist [dentist/hygienist in the room while the DA is performing the cleaning, able to provide tips and recommendations as needed]. Grading is documented on the Follow-Up Training Progress Record provided by the course director, which is then maintained at the local program.
2. Post-course requirements must be completed within 6 months of the EFDA training.
3. When the DA has satisfactorily completed the post-course cleanings, the dental chief/director under whose license the DA will be working should then e-mail the IHS EFDA Coordinator [IHSEFDA@ihs.gov] to inform them that post-course requirements have been met and that the record is on file at the local clinic. This should be done using this format only: "_______________________ [name of DA] has satisfactorily completed the post-course requirements as a periodontal EFDA. He/she took course ____ [course number] on ______ [date] at ______________ [location]. A copy of his/her evaluation form is being maintained in this office. Please issue instructions for certification.”
4. Once this is done, the IHS EFDA Coordinator will provide the student with instructions on how to receive their CDE certificate and their EFDA certificate.
5. After the 20 cleanings done under direct supervision by the dentist/hygienist, the DA should NOT perform any further cleanings unless CERTIFIED by the IHS EFDA Coordinator. Following certification, the new EFDA may perform cleanings under indirect supervision [dentist/hygienist in the facility but not directly overseeing the work until a final check is needed].
1. The Dental Director/Dental Chief is encouraged to complete an annual competency evaluation on the periodontal EFDA to ensure high quality care is being delivered.
2. The annual competency evaluation can be found on the IHS Dental Portal under the Clinic Tab - Competencies.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Relate Community Periodontal Index of Treatment Needs [CPITN] scores to a need for potential periodontal treatment.
2. Detect disease, supra and subgingival calculus.
3. Provide thorough ultrasonic scaling of teeth..
4. Accurately code for periodontal and hygiene procedures with IHS/ADA coding. .
5. Recommend effective toothpastes, mouth rinses and oral hygiene aids to patients.
6. Motivate patients to improve plaque removal and periodontal health.
7. Identify who is at risk for periodontal breakdown.
It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.
None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.
Dental assistants must have basic knowledge about periodontal disease before attending the Periodontal Expanded Functions-Basic course and must successfully complete the Prerequisite Course at least 2 weeks prior to attending the course.
Tuition is due only from staff from tribal programs that have taken their HQ dental shares. Tuition Payment is due at least 30 days prior to the start of the course. Please submit tuition payment to the address on the Tuition Payment Form [obtain the form by contacting IHSCDECoordinator@ihs.gov] or downloading from this site.
As of January 1, 2017, dental staff from Title V Tribal Compact Programs are required to pay tuition for courses. For this course, Title V compacted programs should send a check or money order made out to the
Tuition is required only for staff from Title V Tribal Compacts who have taken their dental shares. Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start of the course – please see the tuition policy below.
Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.