Dental assistants prepare patients for oral examination and assist other dental workers, such as dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists, in providing treatment to the teeth, mouth and gums. Dental assistants also carry out reception and administration duties.
Duties & Tasks
Dental assistants may perform the following tasks:receive patients and prepare them for necessary dental proceduresprepare surgery for dental treatment with correct instruments/materials for use as directed by the operator record findings from oral examinationsprovide instruments and dispense materials during oral examinations or treatments, as directed by the operator provide pre- and post-operative instructions for patients undergoing general or local anaesthesiaclear the patient's mouth of saliva or dental materials used in the treatment by operating handheld suction or air and water-spraying equipmentclean and sterilise instruments used after treatmentclean and tidy the surgery, and implement standard decontamination procedures for infection controlprocess, mount and file dental X-raysmaintain and restock dental suppliesperform routine care and maintenance of dental equipment and instrumentsmake appointments for patients, keep records of patients' treatments and send out reminders for re-examinationsprepare accounts and collect paymentsanswer the telephone and carry out other office duties.
Dental assistants may work with just one person, or as part of a team. They may have to work under pressure as most treatments have to be completed in a minimum amount of time.
- good with hands able to concentrate and follow instructions good communication and interpersonal skills good organisational and time management skills interested in healthcare work.