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DANB GC Review Part I

Explore important dental assisting concepts and prepare for the DANB General Chairside Assisting exam with the interactive, online DANB GC Review course, which features patient scenarios and other learning strategies to further hone your knowledge of four-handed dentistry.

Course Overview

CE Credits
Pre-Assessment Questions
Months to Access Course
Hours to Complete
Post-Course Assessment Questions

The dental practice centers on the patient, and as a chairside assistant, you’ll work alongside the dentist to provide value before, during and after the patient exam. Working chairside involves everything from collecting preliminary patient data and providing patient education, to applying four-handed dental assisting techniques and maintaining the field of operation. You help the dentist and the patient when you know the proper instruments and dental materials in preparing the armamentarium and how to correctly set up trays for procedures.

The DANB GC Review Part I covers all of these important topics and more, as it walks you through patient scenarios related to general chairside assisting. This course covers the procedures involved in performing preliminary examinations, as well as charting and treatment documentation. You’ll also learn how to select the proper materials and instruments for various procedures, as well as techniques that aid in maintaining the field of operation, and more. Understanding these topics is an important foundation for performing a variety of dental procedures and will help you prepare for the DANB General Chairside Assisting (GC) exam.

Questions in the review course are not from actual DANB exams, and completing the review course does not guarantee you will pass the DANB GC exam.

Course Credentials

January 2012
October 2015; September 2018; August 2021
Next Review:
August 2024


General Chairside Assisting (GC) exam

Course Compatibility

Desktop and laptop

AGD Code: 10

After completing this review course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic oral and dental anatomy, physiology and morphology
  • Identify the procedures involved in performing a preliminary examination
  • Implement charting and treatment documentation that adheres to HIPAA and other legal standards
  • Prepare for and understand how to collect or assist with the collection of diagnostic data
  • Understand how to prepare for and integrate four-handed dentistry techniques when assisting with patient procedures
  • Identify techniques that aid in maintaining the field of operation throughout all dental procedures
  • Recognize the importance of selecting proper materials and instruments when preparing the armamentarium and setting up trays for various intraoral procedures
  • Understand how to assist with various general dentistry procedures, including prophylaxis, fluoride application, placement of sealants, and desensitization
  • Understand how to prepare for and assist with cavity preparation and restoration
  • Demonstrate how to deliver pre- and post-treatment patient instructions
  • Demonstrate ways to manage patients, including apprehensive patients and patients with special needs
  • Demonstrate how to provide patient education and oral health management
  • Demonstrate how to prevent and manage emergency situations
  • Understand legal concepts related to patient recordkeeping, records retention, and records transfer
  • Understand the concepts of implied and informed consent

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Subject Matter Experts

Ms. Krueger is a faculty member at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa. She has extensive experience in dental radiography and clinical dentistry from her work for private dental practitioners before becoming a dental assistant educator. Ms. Krueger served as a committee member of the Iowa Dental Board from 2000 to 2002 and is a member the American Dental Assistants Association. Ms. Krueger has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Ms. Martin is a retired program director and dental assisting instructor; she previously has worked at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. She also served as a consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and as an item writer for the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB). She is an active member of the Washington State Dental Assisting Association. Ms. Martin has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Ms. Orosz is an administrative coordinator and dental assistant for an independent dentist in Lyndhurst, Ohio. She has been assisting in dentistry for 38 years, with experience in dental chairside assisting and practice management. Ms. Orosz has also served as an item writer for the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB). Ms. Orosz has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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