Dental assistants have a lot of responsibilities in the dental office. They get to see the patient before the dentist, and are usually responsible for cleaning, sanitizing, and setting up the room. In addition to preparing the patient fortreatment, the assistant generally sterilizes instruments, passes instruments to the dentist during procedures, uses suction devices during treatment, takes X-rays, impressions, and pictures, and much more.
Assistants must have great time management and organizational skills. They should be caring and compassionate, and willing to talk to people. They should be meticulous and thorough, and should be able to work with all kinds of people. Dental assistants should work hard, but also be friendly and personable. Having compassion for, and caring about, patients is essential to being a good dental assistant.
Using these skills, you can help the dentist to provide the best dental care to patients. But, the patient is not the only one who gains from your expertise. Seeing a patient in pain leave the office pain-free and happy, or helping a nervous patient through their treatment can make you feel great about your work. Dental assisting is a very fulfilling career!