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!

How can the classes be so short?

A majority of the learning is hands-on. Our classes take place in a dental office rather than in a classroom. The classes begin with lecture/class discussion, but a majority of the time is spent in lab where students are in the operatories learning one on one with instructors to take impressions, pour up models, etc. When our students finish the program, they feel comfortable in the dental office because that is the environment that they trained in.

Will I be more qualified if I go to school longer?

When you graduate from any dental assisting school you receive a certificate of completion. Many students ask if they can expect to make a higher starting salary if they attend a longer school. The answer to that is no. The starting salary for a Dental Assistant does not have anything to do with how long you spent in school or how much you paid for your schooling.

What are the job prospects after completion of this course?

As long as there are dentists, there will continue to be a need for qualified dental assistants. There are many opportunities for entry-level positions, but some dentists prefer to hire experienced assistants.

Is the DASGA a licensed institution?

Our program is licensed by the Non-Public Post Secondary Education Commission.

What is the cost to attend DASGA?

Tuition for our program is $3,600. There is a nonrefundable initial application fee of $30.  Tuition deposit must be paid in full before or on the first day of class. 

Is there any financial assistance?

Financing for program is available through www.carecredit.com and www.paypal.com.

PayPal Credit is a PayPal service that lets students buy now and pay later with a credit line that's built into your PayPal account, subject to credit approval. Think of it as an instant and reusable credit line, similar to a credit card, that you can use at checkout when you pay with your PayPal account. You must have a paypal account for this option.

Care credit is similar to Paypal credit, it is a healthcare card for purchases made specifically in the healthcare industry. Click here www.carecredit.com/apply/ and under "select a doctor by name", seach for Canton Pediatric Dentistry and begin your application process. You can make and schedule payments online in your secure online access.