Dental Assistants perform a variety of duties in a dental office. They may schedule and confirm appointments in the front office, welcome patients to the office, send bills, process payments, and inventory supplies. Dental Assistants also assist the dentist during the examination and treatment of patients by handing required instruments to the dentist and using the suction or other instruments to keep the patient’s mouth clear. Dental Assistants also prepare instrument trays and assist patients with dental health care. In addition, some Dental Assistants will make dental impressions, remove sutures, and apply anesthetics to the gingiva (gums) and cavity preventatives to teeth. Dental Assistants must be reliable, work well with others, and have good manual dexterity.

Employment Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population and ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services.

National averages may not accurately reflect workers’ earnings and employment opportunities in particular parts of the country. They may include earners and employment opportunities at all stages of their careers and not just recent graduates’ entry-level wages and opportunities.

The Dental Assistant-Registered Dental Assistant program is offered at these campuses:

Our admissions representatives will be happy to answer questions and schedule a tour of our facilities where you can learn more about the path to your new career.

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