If you like interacting with people in a professional setting, becoming a dental assistant will give you plenty of opportunity to see patients from all walks of life. You will you be the person who offers comfort and assurance to someone who is nervous about being in the chair. Your friendly face and soothing words could truly make a difference in someone’s entire dental experience. Everyday will be rewarding while you perform a wide range of responsibilities.
- Greeting and seating patients in examination rooms.
- Assessing the patients and updating medical and dental history forms.
- Dental instrument processing, sterilization and disinfecting dental operatories.
- Business office Management.
- Taking dental x-rays.
- Working with the dentist during examinations and procedures.
- Taking dental impressions, and making dental models.
- Making custom mouth guards, retainers, whitening trays.
- Meet and network with people.
As a dental assistant, you’ll teach patients the basics of good oral care and what to do after oral surgery or tooth restorations. According to the American Dental Association, "Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care."
3. Job Security
Dental Assistants have many job opportunities available. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the occupation is seeing above average job growth and is expected to grow by 11% through 2028, much fast than the average. New dental practices are opening every year, which means more opportunities for you!
The best things about choosing to work as a dental assistant is the amazing career advancement opportunities that come with the role. Opportunity to work in a dental specialty and earn a higher income is always a possibility.
- Oral Surgery
While working as a dental assistant can be a lifelong career, many people use the role as a stepping stone towards where they want to be. After spending a couple of years as a dental assistant, you could undergo further training to climb the dental career ladder. You will have the career foundation to become an Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Hygienist, or Dentist!
A nice and serene work environment
You will most likely work in a private dental office in a calm and professional environment. You will be working in a family and team centered environment that is enjoyable to spend time in. While you can work in a hospital as an oral surgery dental assistant, most dental assistants have the opportunity to work in private offices. These clinical and surgical operatories are calm and professional working environments.
Good income potential
The amount you can expect to earn as a dental assistant varies depending on your location, type of dental office or dental specialty office you choose, and the hours you work. However, regardless of these factors, the annual income potential of a dental assistant is quite high.
Plus, there is also potential to increase your income as you become more experienced. The longer you work as a dental assistant and the more experience you gain, the more likely you are to get a pay rise.
It’s no surprise that if you work in a dental office, you may get dental benefits and discounts. Many dental assistants also receive medical insurance and paid sick leave, depending on their employer. Dental Assisting is a respected profession. They are treated with the respect and professionalism they deserve in and out of the dental office.
One of the perks of becoming a Dental Assistant is the flexible schedule you could create for yourself. Depending on your dentist office, you might work part-time or even divide your time between two dental practices. More than one-third of Dental Assistants work part-time which is especially appealing if you have young children or other demands on your time. As a dental assistant, you will have the opportunity to work flexibly. You will not only be able to apply for full-time roles, but also part-time flexible opportunities.