What does a Dental Assistant III do?
Dental assistants are responsible for providing the patient with high quality care by performing a variety of office, laboratory, and patient care duties. This usually entails helping the dentist handle patients, instruments, and supplies during the treatment of the teeth, mouth, and gums. Dental assistants also document patient care and take x-rays.
Most dental assistants are Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs). While requirements vary by state, it is common to require the following to become an RDA: completion of an accredited dental assistant program, completion of a minimum number of work hours, certification in CPR, and passing of a practical and written exam. Dental assistants must have strong interpersonal and listening skills.
- Take and document patient dental history and updates, as well as overall health and medication history
- Assist dentist by handling supplies and instruments as requested
- Prepare tables and trays for dentist with necessary instruments and supplies
- Clean and sterilize instruments, and prepare treatment rooms as needed
- Take, expose, and mount high quality dental radiographs
- Ensure appropriate supply of equipment and materials
- Perform patient charting as instructed by the dentist
- Welcome patients and get them situated in the appropriate treatment room
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
- Licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) or a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF)
- Current CPR certification preferred
- Radiology certification preferred
- 1-2 years of experience as an RDA
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Proven ability to follow outlined policies and guidelines
- Possess a professional and positive attitude
How much does a Dental Assistant III make?
Dental Assistant III Career Path
Learn how to become a Dental Assistant III, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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“My supervisor was very understanding and worked with me the best he could it was a very rewarding job”
“You have all the opportunities to learn and grow and become the best at what you do.”
“Dr.Nguyen its super flexible and reasonable with the schedule which is one of the many reasons why I love working here.”
“All training provided (I didn't go to school for anything remotely dental).”
“I dont mind that much though because I know we're providing life changing treatment and helping patients!”
“You can work and learn it’s a nice place to work especially if you love what you do”
“Dr.Sbenati dedicates a great deal of his time to group training in the office which translates to the best service for our patients.”
“Once the interview stated I felt rushed and I told her he much I was wanting to start.”
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