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Dental assistant responsibilities can include clinical (back office), administrative (front office), and other special projects or lab tasks within the dental office. To a large extent, the size and specialty of the dental practice determines the day-to-day job duties the dental assistant performs.
Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists to provide patient care during procedures and examinations. Their chairside tasks include handing instruments to the dentist and keeping patient’s mouths clean and dry with suction devices.
Dental assistant clinical tasks (back office) and duties may include:
Administrative (front office) tasks that dental assistants perform may include:
It is also important that dental assistants possess professional “soft” skills required to communicate effectively between the dentist, the patient, and the other dental office team members. They may teach patients general oral hygiene tips for maintaining oral health or communicate post-operative instructions to them.
Many times, patients are extremely nervous to visit the dental office and have dental procedures completed. It is important for dental assistants to be able to help keep patients calm and comfortable, so the dentist can perform procedures as needed.
Dental assistants work in well-lit, clean environments. They often work chairside during dental procedures so they can keep the patient comfortable and hand materials, instruments, and medication to the dentist as needed. Dental assistants wear protective equipment such as gloves, eye-wear, and masks to prevent infections and cross contamination.
Dental work environments may include:
If a career as a dental assistant appeals to you, enroll in the dental assistant program at Arizona College of Allied Health’s Mesa or Glendale campus. Our hands-on training, which includes a clinical externship component, prepares you for success. Alumni of Arizona College of Allied Health’s Dental Assisting program are also encouraged to pursue dental assistant certification after graduating.
Complete a request for information form to connect with the admissions team at Arizona College of Allied Health. They’ll happily assist you with any questions you may have. Keep people smiling; take your first step toward your new dental assisting career and contact Arizona College of Allied Health today!