Dental Assistants

Job Description

Dental assistants assist the dentist and keep patient records. They also set up the patient and dental equipment. They assist the dentist in times of emergency and instruct patients in proper teeth cleaning, monitor supplies and inventory and may clean and polish hand-held dental instruments.

Academic Requirements

Many dental assistants are trained on the job, although most choose to enroll in dental assisting programs at a community college or trade school. Many states require that a prospective registered dental assistant graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). These programs generally take one year to complete and graduates earn a diploma or certificate. Associate’s degree programs are also available, and typically take two years to complete.

Dental Assistants
$25-41
Thousand
Average
Salary
High
Patient
Interaction
13.62%
Job
Growth
 
Medium
Blood
Interaction
Associate's Degree or Certificate
Education
Required

Schools

Anthem College – St. Louis – Fenton Branch

645 Gravois Bluffs Boulevard
Fenton, 63026

Kansas City Kansas Community College

7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
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Dental Assistant

Career Spotlight

Megan Struemph, Dental Assistant

I love working in a fast-paced environment. There is always something to do from sterilization to cleaning rooms. No patient or procedure is the same so you have to think and act fast and anticipate. Patients compliment my work sometimes too and that makes me feel great. I love making people feel confident about their smile and showing the home care that they can do. I work for a great doctor and office staff that make my job enjoyable.