Dental Assistant Review Program
Dental assistants are an integral part of nearly every dental office. With the ability to perform both medical and administrative tasks, a good dental assistant helps to ensure a safe and productive visit for patients.
Saint Patrick´s Dental Assistant program offers students a well-rounded education on a variety of both medical and administrative skills that are essential to working in the dental profession. These include learning dental anatomy and dental instruments, as well as how to assist patients, make charts, and label x-rays.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of Dental Assistant jobs is projected to increase by 18% through 2024 which is much faster than average.
The dental assistant's role is often thought to be to support the dental operator by typically passing instruments during clinical procedures. However, in fact, their role extends much further to include: providing patients help with their oral hygiene skills, preparing the patient for treatment, sterilising instruments, assisting during general anaesthetic dental procedures, positioning suction devices, exposing dental radiographs, taking dental impressions, recording patient notes and administration roles such as scheduling appointments.