Are you considering a change in career? Do you like intermingling with people? Do you find hands-on work a pleasure? If your response to these questions is yes, then becoming a dental assistant might be the career you are searching for!
In the dental health industry, a dental assistant plays a vital role. Apart from the dentist, in most dental offices, the dental assistant has the second most vital role.
Duties of a Dental Assistant
According to the dental setting, the dentist allocating the duties and state rules, a dental assistant can carry out a number of duties. These duties include:Sterilize dental tools.
- Help the dentist with procedures.
- Perform x-rays.
- Sterilize and assist with dental tools.
- Patient management duties at the front desk such as welcoming patients, answering phone calls and fixing patients’ appointments.
- Office supervisory duties such as working on financial issues and gathering reports.
- Communicate with patients to get to know their dental past, inform them what the dental services they will have involves and inform them about follow up treatment following a procedure.
- Offer consolation to the patient in connection with worries prior, in the course of and following dental processes or services.
- Arrange tools as well as supplies.
- Make orders for supplies and maintenance.
- Carry out teeth impressions.
- Take out stitches.
- Check a patient’s vital signs like heart beat and blood pressure and recording.
- Store a patient’s records through computer or paper.
Our class environment is a very modern Dental office, so the students gain a genuine respect for the operation of newer equipment and a feel of working in an actual office.
Charles F. Reed, DDS