Becoming a Dental Assistant
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Becoming a Dental Assistant

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Also known as Dental Chairside Assistant, Dental Nurse.
Prepares patients for dental examination and assists Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.
Training time 30 weeks - 1 year
Average pay $36,603
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 6,200

What does a Dental Assistant do?

  • Receives and prepares patients
  • Arranges and hands instruments, medication, and other dental requisites to Dental Practitioners
  • Prepares dental materials and processes X-rays
  • Uses suction devices and water sprays
  • Performs routine maintenance on equipment
  • Sterilises and prevents cross infection of equipment
  • May advise patients on dental health education and post-operative care and procedures
  • May act as receptionist for Dental Practitioners

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