A career as a dental assistant is dynamic, engaging, and full of numerous personal rewards each day. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what being a dental assistant entails, this page is for you.
Unlike many other medical professions, dentistry usually revolves around a typical 8-hour workday. This fact alone makes dental assisting an attractive option for those who desire a medical career but do not want to work erratic hours, be on call, etc. Furthermore, many private dental practices do not work a full, 40-hour workweek, providing dental assistants ample free time in addition to a bustling career.
The core responsibility of a dental assistant is to provide chairside assistance to dentists during procedures. Prior to dental procedures, assistants are responsible for preparing and organizing the dental operatory and required instruments, as well as seating patients and reviewing medical history and other pertinent information in the patient’s chart. During the procedure, assistants provide suction and deliver instruments to the dentist in a timely and efficient manner as they are needed. Other tasks, like fabrication of temporary crowns, may be required depending on the procedure itself. Once the procedure is complete, assistants escort patients to the check out area, and then begin preparing the operatory for the next procedure.
A dental assistant career, however, can be much more varied than simply providing chair side assistance. In some offices, assistants are tasked with sterilizing instruments, helping track inventory and ordering dental supplies, or assisting with front desk operations. Dental assisting is truly an adaptive career, one in which no two days are exactly alike.
The field of dentistry is expected to remain in high demand as large portions of the population age and more people gain access to dental care. As such, dental assistants will be in high demand for the foreseeable future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the rate of dental assistant careers to grow much faster than average over the next decade.
Choosing a career as a dental assistant means choosing flexible work hours and work environment, competitive pay, professional fulfillment, and a skill set that will be highly valued almost indefinitely.
If a career as a dental assistant sounds appealing to you, Sunrise School of Dental Assisting is the best place to begin. Our comprehensive programs prepare students to enter the workforce already endowed with the knowledge and skills that employers value the most. With our convenient class schedules and multiple locations, your journey toward a dental assisting career has never been more accessible. We look forward to meeting you and having you as part of our family!
Michelle H. January 29, 2019
I attended Sunrise School of Dental Assisting in 2016. It was a very convenient program with it only being two days a week (at night) it’s the perfect career opportunity especially for someone who needs to work while going to school. Since graduating, I have had many opportunities open up one of which is working at Sunrise itself. I had an excellent instructor who helped as much as she could to prepare us for a job in the dental field. I would highly recommend signing up, you won’t regret it!
Kourie U. January 29, 2019
I attended Sunrise Dental Assisting School in 2008 and still today am so grateful I did. My experience in the school was awesome. The instructors were very attentive and always available. Since the school is based in a dental office you are able to have endless opportunities for hands on learning. In addition the schedule is very accommodating for all lifestyles. The last thing I would like to note about SDAS is that once you have completed the program Sunrise still advocates for you. Paulette Jolly is a tremendous help with job placement and helping you along your way. Now that Sunrise Dental has allowed me the entrance into the dental field I know dentistry is my passion. Sunrise Dental has been a great blessing to my life.
Victoria R January 29, 2019
Enjoyed the hands on and guided learning experience the instructors provided. Had the opportunity to shadow and assist for an oral surgeon set up by instructor Tammy. SSDA Fayetteville was a laid back environment which made attending class enjoyable. I feel confident using what I learned in the course for future careers.
Rhonish W January 29, 2019
Attending SSDA was the best thing I could have ever done ! My instructor Tammy was beyond amazing she made sure we understood everything taught and even gave us multiple opportunities to gain experience shadowing In her office ! Sunrise is the best !
Jaylyn Miller September 5, 2017
Prior to attending Sunrise School of Dental Assisting I had zero knowledge of the dentistry field and what this career choice would have in store for me. I had an awesome instructor, as well as current Dental Assistants at Sunrise, to help guide me and continue to be successful in my career. Everyone has been extremely helpful and I have had nothing less than a great experience. After graduation, I was hired on by Sunrise and couldn’t be more happy with my job and the decision to attend Sunrise School of Dental Assisting! Thank you all!!
Katie Panchak February 17, 2017
If you’re looking into a promising career as a dental assistant, look no further! I recently graduated from Sunrise School of Dental Assisting and couldn’t be happier with the program! This course provided me with all the knowledge and tools that I needed to become successful in my field. Now I am proud to say that after graduation I have been hired on by Sunrise Dental and LOVE my job! Thanks guys!
Madison McCullock January 12, 2017
Sunrise School of Dental Assisting provided me with the knowledge and skills I needed to begin my career in the Dental field. The instructors were very helpful and thorough in explaining the lessons and procedures to the class, and also made it a point to provide any additional help/tutoring before/after lessons for students. I enjoyed my experience at Sunrise School of Dental Assisting. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to receive the proper education necessary in order to excel in their Dental Assisting career
Ashley Hicks June 15, 2016
At Sunrise they give you the tools you need to become successful as a Dental Assistant. You have smaller numbers in the class, so you are able to have more one on one time with an instructor if needed. It is a fast paced class, but the instructor is willing to meet with you before class time if you need help. It is a good balance between lectures and actual lab time. You have great hands on experience and work with live “patients” (class members) in order to get an actual feel of what it would be like. The team at Sunrise Dental are very encouraging and push you to strive for your best. They also help with shadowing at different offices and even inform you if there are job openings at other offices. I would recommend this program to anyone and know that they would also get the great training that I have received!