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Are you feeling restless in your current job duties or considering leaving your current field of work for something more fulfilling? If so, you have come to the right place! Dental assistants have been making a big difference in their chosen field, helping patients and dental teams alike to prosper. Going to the dentist can often be stressful, but a good dental assistant can take the worry out of it for greater patient satisfaction!

Our professional dental team at the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia offers our dental assisting students the comprehensive curriculum they need to embark on their new career. Our school is set in the beautiful Colonial Heights, Virginia area, run by our practicing dentist, Dr. Tom G. Schleicher and his experienced dental team. Under his tutelage, you can graduate with your dental assisting diploma in just 13 weeks, complete with 78 hours of lectures, labs and a 50-hour dental assistant internship under your belt.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Do you know your patient’s oral anatomy?
The mouth is where people bite, chew, swallow and even breathe. It’s important to promote a healthy smile with strong healthy teeth and gums, tongue and salivary glands. Each plays an important role!

Do you understand radiography?
Learn how dental X-rays and other high-energy radiation affects the mouth so you can help your team effectively diagnose and treat any oral conditions.

Do you know your dental materials?
Learn about standard dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, temporary dressings, dentures, endodontic materials and impression materials.

What is clinical dental assisting?
Learn how to properly assist your dentist and dental hygienist during a patient’s treatment. You might assist with clinical procedures, sterilize equipment after each patient and help run diagnostic tests on a typical day.

Do you know how to assist with administrative tasks?
Checking in patients, scheduling their next appointment, handling intake and interviewing patients may require your assistance. You may even help with billing, paperwork, answering phones, registering/scheduling patients and keeping up with inventory.

Can you gather and record your patient’s medical history?
You may help patients fill out paper forms under protected health information (PHI) into their medical record using electronic dental records, computerized systems or paper charts.

How good are your chairside manners?
Learn how to make your patient comfortable before, during and after their treatment, how to pass instruments needed by your dentist, manage your patient’s chairside water and suction and generally work with the patient so they leave relaxed and happy after their treatment.

If learning about how you can start your dental assisting career excites you, we want to welcome you to our school. We can help you reach your goals by completing our course in Colonial Heights, Virginia. We invite you to call 804-526-0231 today and learn how you can launch your dental assisting career!