About Dental Assistant Careers
Having to go through any sort of dental procedure can be extremely scary and nerve racking for anyone. The anxiety alone is enough to cause many people to cancel or constantly reschedule their appointments. This is where the dental assistant has their moment to shine. Before patients even get to see their dentists, they have interaction with their assistants. Because of this, it takes a very special person to go into this field.
Roles and Responsibilities
Many times dental assistants are confused with dental hygienists. The difference between the two careers is the roles each position entails. As an assistant, one is responsible for preparing the patients for their appointments and making them feel comfortable and relaxed. They are also responsible for sterilizing and disinfecting any equipment that will be used doing procedures, organizing the setup tray, handing tools to the dentist when needed and keeping the patient’s mouth dry by using a suction device.
An assistant may also be required to perform laboratory duties such as making crowns and taking the teeth impressions of the patient. They may be asked to make preparations for x-rays and radiographs as well. Some office duties may also be asked of a dental assistant. These could include scheduling and confirming appointments, keeping patient records up to date, sending bills and receiving payments, ordering supplies and greeting and receiving patients as they enter the office.
A dental assistant working in Houston can expect to earn roughly $30,790 annually. (Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.) Currently Houston has one of the highest employment levels in America for dental assisting with over 6,000 dental assistants employed in the Houston metro area. Assistants with more skills and experience have potential to earn up to $43,880 a year.
Much of the knowledge a dental assistant obtains comes from on the job training. However, taking courses at a local community college or trade school would be beneficial before training in the field. Before attending these classes, a high school diploma or GED is needed. Many states, including Texas require certification before one is allowed to work in certain areas of this field.
There are many options to choose from in order to cover the costs for the education in the field. Students may apply for scholarships, student loans and grants. Federal financial aid is available for many and some schools offer a work study program where you are able to earn money while earning your education at the same time.
Dental Assistant Schools in or near Houston
At Remington College, we offer a variety of educational programs.
While no reputable school can guarantee employment after graduation, our programs are designed with an emphasis on helping students to prepare for entry-level employment in various career fields.
This combination of traditional teaching methods along with practical classroom experience provides an opportunity for students to apply and practice their knowledge and skills.
Not sure which program is right for you? Remington College understands that choosing a career path can be stressful for some students. That’s why we have admissions staff available to students in order to help them find an area of study that is right for them.
Some programs that may be available in your area:
- Criminal Justice
- Medical Assisting
- Pharmacy Technician
Why choose Remington College?
- Small class sizes
- Day or evening classes available in select programs
- Career focused educational programs
- Financial aid available for those who qualify
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