Dental Ergonomic Knowledge That Will Move You 

Thursday, April 7     8:30 - 11:30 AM

Course Description:  Gividen picAt first glance, this topic to many is boring or trivial. Understandably so, but I will assure you, it’s not. Although we would willingly and undoubtedly give credit to the concepts of dental ergonomics as only being about sitting up straight and keeping our shoulders back, there’s a lot more that goes into the assessment and subsequent implementation of proper body posture while working and yes, even to what you do outside the walls of your office. The culmination of improper twists, turns and holding static positions are the result of why 1 in 3 dentists are being forced into early retirement due to muscular skeletal disorders (MSD’s) and those that aren’t retiring early, are more than likely affected by it in one way shape or form. This lecture will address all the things you should consider about dental ergonomics including:

-        Why practicing ergonomically is vital for a proper, long-term healthy work-life balance

-        Financial implications

-        Signs and symptoms of MSD's and how your personal situation can be assessed

-        Approaches you can take, both inside and outside the office, to improve your ergonomic status quo

-    Office design considerations and proper (or ideal) posture for specific operating situations

-    How and why to lay emphasis on the significance of proper long-term ergonomics to your staff

-    Why it’s NOT too late to change.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Why should proper dental ergonomics even matter?
  2. Types of muscular skeletal disorders (MSD’s) as a result of poor ergonomics
  3. Risk factors for MSD’s
  4. Signs and symptoms of MSD’s / how to assess your personal situation
  5. Intervention / how to combat MSD’s
  6. Dental equipment and armamentarium that assists in better ergonomics
  7. Ideal posture for specific operating situations
  8. Ways to reduce stress and strain – outside the dental settings
  9. Why you should encourage auxiliary staff to maintain healthy ergonomic practices

Course Information

Date: Thursday, April 7

Time: 8:30-11:30am

Cost: D- $68 H- $28

Most Appropriate for: ALL

Credit Hours: 3 Clinical Hours

Academy of General Dentistry Code: 770