Those who want to pursue a career as a dental assistant should consider earning a degree before looking for employment. While some dental offices train their employees onsite, having prior experience will earn students a larger pay check and give them more options when looking for a job. Dental assistants help dentists during dental procedures by getting their equipment ready, mixing solutions, and making sure the patient is comfortable. Dental assistants will also prepare rooms, complete necessary paperwork, and file patient records. Some dental assistants may also handle billing.
Courses students will have to complete include dental hygiene, dental instruments and equipment, patient care procedures, computerized billing, and office management. These days, dental assistants are oftentimes asked to perform cleanings, and routine checkups on patients that do not require additional care. Additional onsite training may be required in order to perform these procedures.