INTERESTED IN A DENTAL ASSISTANT CAREER? A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DENTAL ASSISTANT
Dental assistants play a crucial role in making sure a dentist’s
office runs smoothly. With many different responsibilities to perform
every day, dental assistants are a critical part of a dental practice’s
team. These dedicated professionals are often the first to greet a client
as they step into the dental office.
But what does the rest of a dental assistant’s day look like?
After dental assistant training, you will typically start your day at the
office early, before the very first patient arrives. This gives you time
to prepare for the busy day ahead. You might start by getting all the
necessary equipment and instruments ready. You would head to the sanitation
room where all instruments are sterilized, and take any instruments out
of the instrument washer or ultrasonic cleaner. You would then place those
instruments on trays, and bring them to each patient room or operatory
for the dentist and/or hygienist to use.
As the first patients begin to arrive, you’ll greet each client and
set them up in the dental chair. By settling them in and making them as
comfortable as possible, you’ll help to put each patient at ease
as they begin their appointment. You will ask them specific questions
about their dental habits and how they have been feeling. Depending what
state you are employed, you may perform duties such as x-rays so that
when the dentist arrives they have everything they need to get to work.
Once the dentist arrives to see the patient you will assist them to help
ensure that the appointment runs smoothly and you stay on time. The dentist
you’re working with will likely be seeing multiple patients at once
in different rooms, so your assistant helps the dentist make the most
out of the time they spend with each patient.
Throughout your dental assistant career, you’ll also be responsible
for keeping premises and instruments clean and sterilized. After each
patient has finished their appointment, you’ll help them out of
the dental chair, and then gather up the dirty tools used by the dentist
or hygienist. You’ll bring these tools down to the sanitation room
to be cleaned and sanitized. Then, you will prepare the operatory for
the next patient by wiping down the area and readjusting the necessary
instruments and equipment. These important steps are vital to preventing
cross-contamination, and, as a dental assistant, you’ll complete
them for every patient you have that day.
As the last patient leaves, you’ll end the day by cleaning up the
workspaces, attending to the x-ray machine and developers, sterilizing
instruments, and performing other closing duties.
Are you interested in enrolling in a dental assistant course? Contact Brewer
Dental Center has a dental assisting program starting soon.
If you have questions, please contact us at (406) 412-6365.