What makes dental assisting a good career?
There are many benefits to choosing a career in dental assisting:
- Job security. Dental care is a growing field and dental assistants are in high demand.
- Financial incentives. Benefits include great pay, medical benefits, retirement plans, paid vacation/sick days and paid holidays.
- Freedom. No more hourly jobs or working nights and weekends. You now have the freedom to do what you want to do.
What is the job description of a dental assistant?
Dental assistants perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to assisting the dentist, setting up equipment, preparing patient for treatment and keeping records.
Dental assistants may prepare materials for impressions and restorations, take x-rays, make bleach trays, apply topical anesthetics to gums, and place dental dams to isolate teeth for treatment.
Assistants are responsible for making patients feel comfortable in the dental chair and preparing them for treatment.
During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist to provide assistance. They hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients’ mouths dry and clear by using suction hoses or other devices. They also instruct patients on postoperative and general oral healthcare.
Dental assistants with laboratory duties make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions, clean and polish removable appliances and make temporary crowns. Those with included office duties may schedule and confirm appointments, receive patients, keep treatment records and order dental supplies and materials.
Dental assistants work closely with and under the supervision of dentists. Additionally, dental assistants should not be confused with dental hygienists, who are licensed to perform a different set of clinical tasks.
How long is the program?
Our education and training program lasts 8 short weeks.
When is DASGA enrolling?
Our program is now enrolling. You can review our school schedule here. We have many students that are interested in getting their careers started quickly and as a reminder, our classes are a first come first serve basis. Some classes may already be limited so hurry and register!