What's it like to be a Dental Assistant?
A Dental Assistant (sometimes referred to as Dental Nurse) prepares patients for dental examinations and assists Dental Practitioners with instruments, treatments and X-rays.
Tasks and duties
- Preparing treatment rooms and patients for dental procedures.
- Preparing instruments for the Dentist to use by ensuring they are sterilised, in the treatment area, and positioned so the Dentist has easy access to them.
- Performing suctioning and passing instruments as they’re required during procedures.
- Maintaining a dental supplies inventory by checking inventory levels and anticipating shortages.
Dental Assistants most commonly work in private practices, but they are also employed at dental clinics in hospitals and community-based clinics.
What can I earn as a Dental Assistant?
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How to become a Dental Assistant
- Complete either a Certificate III in Dental Assisting HLT35015 or Certificate IV in Dental Assisting HLT45015. You’ll learn how to work alongside Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.
- Check if there are any vaccination requirements. While these are not mandated it is strongly encouraged to have current vaccination for Hepatitis B, and Tetanus along with the normal childhood vaccination recommendations (measles, mumps, varicella and polio).
- Many Dental Assistants with several years’ experience continue to further their education with additional formal training in order to progress their careers, such as specialising in dental hygiene or dental therapy.
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