Your first chairside task will be to handle the high-speed suction.
The following pictures will help you learn how to place the suction correctly. The suction has 2 main functions:
You’ll begin by suctioning for the hygienist when she uses the ultrasonic (water cooled) scaler. Make a point of asking each hygienist when you start your day, which clients they plan to use the ultrasonic on.
Note these times where you won’t forget. The hygienists really appreciate having someone to remove the excess water, so they’ll look forward to your help.
Think of the mouth as 6 areas: upper/ lower right posterior, upper/ lower left posterior, and upper/ lower anterior. Each of these sections requires a different position both when suctioning from the lingual (inside) and facial (outside).
Now, have the chairside/ EFDA’s help me. Get a volunteer (secretary?) to sit in the chair while the chair side squirts water on the teeth and you suction it out.
Low-speed suction – bend the flexible tip into a “U” shape. Ask your client to turn toward the hygienist. Place the suction in the corner of the mouth with the tip beside the tongue. Some clients dislike this suction. With experience, you will probably be able to handle the high-speed suction well enough to avoid using the low speed.
A note on treating clients
You will be nervous. You’ll forget what you’re doing. You may drop things. Your hygienist will be helping and directing you. Your hand may shake. Don’t worry! All of us, including the doctors, had to go through this. You will develop speed and confidence with experience. Today, the point to remember is that your client won’t realize your problem unless you draw attention to it. Don’t apologize to your client. Allow the clients to assume you are competent. This helps them to have confidence. They will do better.
Write down how you position the high-speed suction in each of the 6 areas of the mouth-outside and inside. Be sure to include position of the tip, where the suction tube is, where the hose is and where the ultrasonic is.
_____________________________________________________________________________________ Hygienist certifying basic skills of suctioning accomplished.