Dental assisting is a rewarding career, perfect for those who are kind, caring, and enjoy helping people.
What exactly does a Dental Assistant do?
Without a Dental Assistant, the Dentist would be lost. As a Dental Assistant, you will perform many key tasks, including the following:
- Make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment, and obtain dental records.
- Hand instruments and materials to dentists, and keep patients' mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices.
- Sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare tray setups for dental procedures, and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care.
- Sometimes prepare materials for making impressions and restorations, expose radiographs, and process dental x-ray film as directed by a dentist.
- Sometimes remove sutures, apply anesthetics to gums or cavity-preventive agents to teeth, remove excess cement used in the filling process, and place rubber dams on the teeth to isolate them for individual treatment.
- Make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions.
- Clean and polish removable appliances.
- Make temporary crowns.
- Schedule and confirm appointments.
- Receive patients.
- Keep treatment records.
- Send bills and receive payments.
- Order supplies and materials.
Siouxland Dental Assisting School was put in place by Doctor John Meis of Siouxland Dental Health for the sole purpose of filling a valuable demand. SDHAS helps fill this demand through training and education and arms you with the knowledge needed in order to work as a Dental Professional.