- Posted by National Dental Academy
- On June 30, 2016
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Greeting future dental assistants! The purpose of this article is to guide the reader onto a path of what to expect if they do indeed decide to choose the National Dental Academy of Dallas with their dental assistant career. We hope it will provide a greater insight into the day in the life of your typical dental assistant.
The day begins…
I began each day arriving 15-30 minutes early in order to prep the exam rooms for the dentists within our practice. Preparation begins with ensuring the charts, x-rays, and necessary procedure materials, such as: bonding agents, dental instruments, and other necessities are within an arm’s reach of the dentist.
The first patient arrives 5-10 minutes late as most patients do, so it’s important I have everything ready for the patient’s arrival in order to ensure a chain-reaction of appointment adjustments doesn’t occur. It’s also important to have a system in place where I know where all the supplies are located due to multiple rooms being occupied at once and patients arriving and leaving at different times.
So, I’ve started my day and I have multiple processes in line in order to streamline everything as smoothly as possible. I have to mention that when I’ve completed my portion of the exam, I will alert the dentist that it is now their time to take over and provide the patent with an additional look-through to ensure I didn’t miss anything and consult the patient on how to best maintain their dental health. All the while the dentist is performing their portion of the exam, I’m there to provide additional support, such as: maneuvering the patient’s tongue and cheeks in order to provide the most space possible for the dentist to perform their job, then rinsing and suctioning the patient’s mouth in order to rid the mouth of any particles of excess particles or cleansing gels/toothpastes we may use. I also keep a thorough summary of anything the dentist notes and anything the patient says is bothering their teeth or mouth. After the necessary procedures are completed, I rinse and repeat the process 😉
End of the Day…
The end of the day is comprised of assisting the front desk staff with anything they need help with. Oftentimes, this is helping with paperwork and contacting the patients to confirm their appointments for future dates. Sometimes, I help with sending out friendly, reminder cards that are sent out about every 6 months. I will occasionally assist the dental hygienists with developing x-rays and providing them with sterile instruments as well. I am the one that is responsible for ensuring all of the dental instruments are sterilized and in pristine condition. Finally, I’ll perform an office-wide audit of supplies and office materials to ensure that everything is well-stocked.
Overall, I love my job and it’s provided me a great opportunity to grow within a field that is ever-expanding and will continue to provide me financial stability, a sense of purpose, and most importantly something to look forward to each day!
If this sounds like a great day to you, contact National Dental Academy to find out how our 10-week class can begin your career as a dental assistant!