So, you want to become a dental assistant. Congratulations! This is an interesting career that has the potential to increase your earnings over time. Also, it doesn’t require years of study; you’ll learn everything you need to know to successfully enter the job market in just three months when you study with Sunrise School.
So, what exactly does the career entail? Read on for some of the tasks you can expect to do during your career as a dental assistant.
Preparing Dental Trays
As the dentist whom you work for sees patients, he or she will need a tray of sterilized instruments. Part of your job will be to prepare these trays. You’ll learn which instruments are important for each procedure during your education at Sunrise School, but each dentist will have his or her own favorites! You’ll get to know these during the course of your employment, and soon enough, will have everything that the dentist needs within easy reach.
Assisting With Procedures
One of the most exciting parts of dental assisting is taking part in four-handed dentistry. As you work with a dentist (or with a group of dentists), you’ll learn to work seamlessly with him or her, handing over and collecting instruments, rinsing and drying teeth, and mixing cements and other filling materials. Your job is to make sure that the dentist has what he or she needs right when it’s needed. This might sound overwhelming, but it will seem like second nature once you get to know an individual dentist’s rhythms and routines.
Making Patients Feel at Home
If you are a people-person, you’ll love this aspect of the career! A large percentage of people feel intimidated, nervous or downright scared while at the dentist’s office. With your smiling, calm demeanor, part of your job will be to help your patients feel comfortable. Whether that entails bringing them a magazine, explaining what some of the dental instruments do, chatting about their vacations or providing them with a blanket or earbuds, you’ll be the one to meet them where they are and help them get through the procedures with a minimum of stress and discomfort.
Sterilizing Instruments and Cleaning Rooms
Part of dental assisting is taking part in the very necessary housekeeping that needs to take place in order to keep the operatories and instruments safe and sterile. You’ll learn how to properly clean and disinfect an exam room, as well as how to operate the ultrasonic cleaning machine and autoclave. You’ll know which instruments are cold-sterilized and which are heat-sterilized, as well as what items need to be disposed of after use.
Depending on the individual office that you work in, you might be responsible for ordering supplies, charting, entering information in the computer or other duties. In most offices, dental assistants take dental xrays; you’ll have your radiograph certification upon graduation from our program. Your employer will let you know exactly what you are responsible for in the office.
If this sounds like a career that you would love, please get in touch with us for more information before the next dental assisting course begins. We can’t wait to help you get started in your new career as a dental assistant!
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!