Dental assisting offers a number of career options. These positions include clinical assistant, infection control manager, practice manager, preventive assistant, and business/reception assistant. Most dental assistants work closely with the dentist and provide a host of support services. Clinical dental assistants review patient histories, perform blood pressure screenings, take and develop dental radiographs, apply dental sealants, and directly assist the dentist with patient procedures. In addition to chair-side procedures, dental assistants are responsible for instrument sterilization and, in many practices, help manage the dental office.
Where to Get Education
Eligible for licensure by exam after graduating from an accredited program (typically 10 months)