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If you have been considering entering the field of dental assisting and you live in Virginia, the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia led by a practicing dentist, Dr. Tom G. Schleicher, might be a perfect fit for you. Our comprehensive coursework includes rigorous training that offers you 78 hours of lectures and teachings in the classroom.

Our goal at the Institute is to give you the knowledge you will need to work for a dental practitioner, whether it is for a dentist, orthodontist, endodontist, or oral surgery clinic with your new background. For the second phase of your coursework, you will participate in an internship that offers 50-hours of hands-on, real-world experience. Once you have completed this training you will be certified to work at any clinic in the dental field.

Why pursue a dental assisting career? You’ll be in great working conditions in an appealing environment. You can advance by becoming an office manager or a sales rep for dental products. Since this field is expected to grow quickly, you’ll have job opportunities wherever you go. This in-demand field offers you job security and on average you can make around $37,000 a year. You can enjoy a set schedule or work part-time if that’s what you are looking for. The work is often fulfilling as you’ll play a vital role in making patients feel comfortable, safe, and happy during their visit.

Dental Materials

Typical dental assistant duties related to dental materials might include the operation and maintenance of dental equipment, preparing the materials to be used and the work area or treatment room the patient will be using as well as the dental laboratory. This means sterilizing the equipment and instruments your dentist and hygienist might use, according to the strict guidelines for sterilization and disinfection set by OSHA, CDC, EPA, and OSAP. Along with taking dental X-rays, you may be involved with:

-Taking dental impressions for mouth guards, custom trays or whitening trays
-Applying periodontal dressings, dental sealants or topical anesthetics
-Ordering or monitoring dental supplies/inventory

If you are ready to make a life-changing alteration in your career trajectory and you live in one of the neighboring communities surrounding Colonial Heights, Virginia, we invite you to take the first step towards a rewarding career in dental assisting! Please call 804-526-0231 today to learn more from one of our representatives here at the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia. If you like people, are detail-oriented and reliable, dental assisting may be just right for you!