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Dental Assistant

Work with people in a caring, clean and professional environment.

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.

Dental Assistant

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.
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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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Dental Assistant roles in AUS were typically advertised between $40k and $60k over the last 3 months.
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How to become a Dental Assistant


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There is no formal training required to commence entry-level work as a Dental Assistant. However, vocational training is recommended to increase job prospects. You can complete either a Certificate III in Dental Assisting HLT35015 or Certificate IV in Dental Assisting HLT45015 at an accredited TAFE institution.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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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Certificate III in Dental Assisting

The certificate provides you with the skills to assist dentists and other practitioners during oral health care procedures.
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Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Gain the skills to provide an advanced level of assistance to dentists, dental hygienists and other oral health professionals with this certificate.

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Bachelor of Science

Develop broad skills in science to prepare for opportunities in a range of industries with this qualification.

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Latest Dental Assistant reviews

Latest reviews from 134 Dental Assistants surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Nursing is humble job and best part of it is, you can meet lots of people and communicate with them and when you see , some one sharing their thoughts and you can understand them. Best part of this job, you can take care of mass people.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dental Assistant
The good things
Dental assisting is a powerful job which is from one side is so tough but from another side, it is charming if you can cope with this and have a good environment. in a multicultural society, we have ...
The challenges
Need to be proactive and positive and have to be capable of taking the challenges on an everyday basis because each and every day you have to face a different kind of people and procedure.
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May 2021
I love walking into work as everyday is different but seeing clients smiles is worth it
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dental
The good things
Great range of clients from infants to elderly and no day is the same. Dental assisting is challenging but rewarding
The challenges
Adapting skills takes time to pick up but once you gain the skills you never forget them
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