About Dental Assistants

What does a Dental Assistant do?

For The Doctor

  • Record the patient’s oral condition during the dental examination
  • Take, develop and mount x-rays
  • Assist dentist in performing procedures on patient
  • Prepare appropriate materials for procedures
  • Sterilize instruments
  • Set up instrument trays
  • Prepare treatment rooms
  • Inventory dental supplies

For The Patient

  • Greet the patient
  • Escort patient to treatment area
  • Seat the patient (proper dental chair adjustment)
  • Comfort the patient with conversation
  • Drape the patient
  • Describe the procedures to be performed
  • Emphasize the benefits of the procedure(s)
  • Elaborate on the dentist’s expertise to perform the procedure