Taking a Closer Look Into the Life of a Dental Assistant

a dentist and dental assistant performing work on a female patient

While enrolled in a hands-on dental assisting program, you’re learning about the ins and outs of your future role in dentistry. This likely includes studying the terminology, understanding how to effectively clean and sterilize dental instruments and equipment, and honing your skills to ensure patients feel comfortable, safe, and at ease while talking to you. Amid all the studying and hands-on practice, it’s always nice to hear from someone with real-world experience. As you continue your pursuit to become a dental assistant, spend a few minutes taking a closer look into what a professional DA experiences day-in and day-out.

Starting the Day

It is necessary for a dental assistant to arrive to work well before the office opens to patients. Why? Because you will need to prep the treatment rooms for those with early appointments. This includes gathering the medical records of individuals arriving shortly after opening, making sure all instruments are thoroughly sterilized and rooms are cleaned, and setting up the procedure room with any instruments or materials the dentist might need.

From Mid-Morning Through Lunch

As you progress throughout the day, you will find yourself greeting patients, escorting them to treatment rooms, and helping them to prepare for their upcoming exam. From providing them with a bib and protective eyewear to discussing their medical history and updating their records, you will ensure they are comfortable before moving on to assist the dentist and/or hygienist. Once treatment is complete, you will go over payment options with the patient, at-home tips for improved oral hygiene, and even help them find a convenient time for their next appointment.

While lunch might feel like a time to relax, it’s usually spent making sure everyone gets adequate time to step away and grab a bite to eat, so you likely won’t be eating with your fellow assistants. Before you leave for lunch, you’ll need to sterilize all instruments and equipment, too.

Post-Lunch Afternoon

Throughout the remainder of the day, you can expect to perform a wide array of services, including:

  • Taking dental X-Rays for the dentist to review
  • Assisting with general checkups and cleanings as well as helping to fill cavities by applying topical anesthetic and rinsing out the patient’s mouth when instructed
  • Taking down any notes the dentist might have about various issues a patient may be experiencing as well as noting any concerns the individual expresses

Before You Leave

At the end of the day, much of your responsibilities will find you helping administrative staff with everything from processing invoices and payments to confirming appointments with future patients. You’ll also be responsible for restocking treatment rooms with necessary supplies and materials for the office.

There’s never a dull moment as a dental assistant, and you can expect each day to look different from the last.

About Dental Assistant Pro
For more than 25 years, Dental Assistant Pro has been providing aspiring dental assistants with essential knowledge and hands-on skills learning. Our philosophy is the best dental assisting training should be taught in a dental office at an affordable cost, so why not take a chance and enroll in our 10-week course schedule? It’s now more affordable than ever to become a dental assistant! To learn more about our available dental assisting classes, visit our website or call (513) 515-6611.

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Kenzie Clark
Kenzie Clark
13. August, 2022.
Great experience!!
kaitlyn mcgarvey
kaitlyn mcgarvey
13. August, 2022.
Quick easy way to get a dental assistant certificate. Quick way to get into the dental field. More job opportunities opened after I received the certificate. Also received radiology license from class. Instructor is easy-going & bubbly personality.
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Kaitlyn Waits
13. August, 2022.
Enjoyable, quick program to get into a dental office. I'm looking forward to starting my new career
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Sydnee Burgess (Syd)
13. August, 2022.
It was a great experience! I was very nervous about dental and wasn’t sure how much I’d like it but through this experience I feel a lot better about going into the field. Jeanie who is the instructor is also a very warm person and truly cares for each of her students and their growth in the field.
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11. May, 2022.
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Lilly Collins
7. May, 2022.
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7. May, 2022.
Dental Assistant Pro is a wonderful program! The instructors, Jeanne and Abby, are very welcoming and do a great job at teaching their students. This program teaches you all of the basics and allows you to enter at an entry level dental assisting position at any Office. It was very convenient having classes only on the weekends and was so much fun!
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Megan Sellman
7. May, 2022.
I went to Dental Assistant Pro from 7:30am-12pm, Jeanne and Abby made the program very fun and enjoyable! I learned a lot from this program and they made it easy to learn.
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kiranpreet kaur
7. May, 2022.
I am only 18 and a Dental assistant now. I went to Dental Assistant Pro at Lebanon. It was a wonderful and thorough program. Jeane and Abby made it so easyyy to accomplish my goal. I learnt a lot in this program- X-rays, impression, diagnostic caste model and a lot of other things. Hands on training, awesome experience!!!!! Loved it 😊