1) Where is the course held?
All dental courses are held at our clinic location: 414 South Main Street, Milpitas, CA-95035. This is also the location for pick up of any dental supplies if you live in the bay area and wish to pick up materials instead of having them shipped
2) Where can stay while I attend the course?
There are numerous motels and hotels close to our office in Milpitas. These 3 are within easy walking distance.
a)America’s Best value Inn-( across the street from our office) http://www.americasbestvalueinn.com/bestv.cfm?idp=586&rcode=gpl
b)Milpitas Inn – (about 3 blocks away,within walking distance) http://www.milpitasinn.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=places&utm_campaign=google_places_ms
c) Days Inn-(about 4 blocks away ,within walking distance) http://www.milpitasinn.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=places&utm_campaign=google_places_ms
3) Which Airport should I fly into if I am coming for your course?
You can fly into any one of these 3
a)San Jose Mineta Airport – 15 minutes away
b) Oakland Airport- 45 min away
c) San Francisco airport – 45 min away
4) Is there Bus , Train service or Taxi service ?
There is train service called BART https://www.bart.gov/
There is Bus service called VTA http://www.vta.org/
Taxi service http://www.yellowtaxicabcompanyca.com/MilpitasTaxi.html ,Ph :408-321-1234
5) Can I buy/rent instruments at the course?
Yes if there are any instruments, burs, materials, typodonts, mounts etc that you want to purchase please give us a list and you can buy on location using a cash, check or credit card of your choice.
6) Can I pay for the course with a credit card?
You can book your spot by paying the $ 200 deposit via credit card/paypal. The remaining amount is required by cash or check ONLY payable to Dr. Puneet Sandhu.
7) What time does the course start? Can I stay afterwards to practice?
The course starts at 9:30 and we end at 5:30 on both days. There is a 30-40 min lunch buffet break. We close after the course. Most of our participants stay after the course for extra practice days which can be booked. The cost is $ 100 per day ( 8 hrs) which can be split into 2 days of 4 hrs each .Slots get booked fast closer to bench test days so check for availability with Denise by calling 408-934-0693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
8) What is taught in the course? Can it be customized for me?
Dr. Sandhu typically teaches the most commonly asked preps like PFM anterior and posterior, Full gold crown on upper and lower molars, Class 2 amalgam on various teeth. Each prep is demonstrated on the typodont. She also teaches about the hand instruments and burs to be used so you are familiar with them. There are many models of preps and notes that you may use to help you .She may be able to customize it for you and teach extra preps like MOD onlay, 3/4 cown, amalgam carving etc . Please check ahead of course to see if this is possible.
9) Do I need to bring anything with me to the course?
No you do need to bring anything with you. We will provide all instruments, burs, typodont, mount, handpiece, and notes etc. The teeth you prep and the provided notes are yours to keep.
10) Are any online classes offered?
Since a lot of dentists who are attending the Bench Test have been out of touch with clinical dentistry it is very important to have a hands on course where a step by step demonstration is given. While you are prepping it is critical to have a mentor on hand, to teach you how to achieve optimal results and to give onsite feedback. This cannot be achieved in online classes. We do believe watching Youtube videos of various preps are helpful,but only as an adjunct ,AFTER you have taken a course. We may add online courses in the future.
11) I want to work as a dental assistant. How can I do that?
You may be able to work as an assistant by getting certified in X rays, coronal polishing, Sealants ( In California) .Please check your State dental board website for the requirements. It is also a good idea to get a CPR license through the American Heart Association , Red Cross or your local dental society. These typically cost $ 45-$100 and are a one day class.
12) What instruments/materials do I need to buy for home practice for the Bench test?How much does it cost to buy everything?
We have a comprehensive list of materials you may need for practicing for the dental bench test conducted by various schools.
Please remember that you may need some or all of them. The optional ones are also listed. Cost depends on this.For example USC dental school requires a wax carving of a tooth therefore you will need wax blocks and lecrons carver. However other schools do not require this and therefore if you are not planning on applying there then no need to buy these.