Dental Assistant

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 - 2 years
Average pay $37,304
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 5,700

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

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Certificate IV in Dental Assisting