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This holiday season, why not give yourself the gift of a new career and find more fulfillment and balance in your life. If you have been feeling like you want to change your career path, this is a good time to consider giving yourself the training you need to qualify for the job stability and great pay offered to good dental assistants.

With the help of our Dental Assisting Institute and hands-on training, you can find out if you have what it takes to become a successful dental assistant by learning firsthand under the tutelage of our practicing dentist, Dr. Tom G. Schleicher, and his caring dental team!

Potential Administrative Duties 

  • Setting up dental appointments for your patients and giving them a reminder call for their upcoming dental appointment. You may even help patients with their billing and payments.
  • Help your office manager with the office’s record-keeping.
  • You may transcribe notes and keep patient files up to date.
  • Filing insurance claims and following up on the claims.
  • Order supplies and materials needed by the dentist and the whole office.

Patient Care Duties 

  • Get the patient ready for their treatment.
  • Prepare the work area for both the dentist and patient so it is good to go.
  • Help make the patient feel comfortable and relaxed.
  • Make sure the dental tools needed for the patient’s treatment are ready.
  • Help out your dentist during the treatment by handing them the tools and equipment needed.
  • Dry the patient’s mouth with suction throughout the treatment.
  • Educate the patient on the best oral hygiene practices for their unique needs.
  • Help the dentist to process any dental X-rays taken before the treatment.
  • Take care of any lab tests the dentist requires for the patient.

As a dental assistant, you might be hired by a private dental practice with one or two dentists or take a job with a large clinic or hospital with many dentists on staff.  You could even choose to work for an outpatient home healthcare service offering you a different experience.

No matter what the environment may be, much the same knowledge and skills can be expected for you to know and you will quickly adapt with the hands-on training you receive wherever you go. Our Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia can teach you what you need to know to enter a thriving career as a dental assistant in the U.S. Call 804-526-0231 to speak to one of our team today!