How to Become a Dental Assistant

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What do I need to study to become a Dental Assistant?

The online HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting course provides you with the education and training to build your career as a qualified dental assistant. View course information
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Specialise in radiography and set yourself up for a rewarding career in the dental services sector with this HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting ) & HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation) qualification. View course information
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Learn how to assistant dentists with radiography procedures by studying this HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography) course. View course information
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Definition of Dental Assistant

Most dental procedures require the hands-on involvement of a Dental Assistant, making them an important part of any dental practice. Providing support to the dentist and other clinicians, they greatly increase efficiency and enable the provision of a higher standard of dental care.

One of the major aspects of a Dental Assistant’s work is patient care. They greet patients, help them feel at ease, prepare them for treatment, and educate them on procedures and proper oral care.

Another key responsibility is to function as an extra set of hands, working alongside the dentist or hygienist during examinations and treatments, passing equipment, mixing materials for fillings, operating suction devices and recording information.



The Dental Assistant ensures that proper standards of infection control are maintained, prepping and cleaning rooms and equipment before and after each patient. They may also be tasked with some clerical duties such as managing stock, updating patient records, documenting procedures and processing X-rays.

What are the responsibilities of a Dental Assistant ?

  • Greeting patients and helping them feel at ease.
  • Performing reception duties, updating patient records and managing stock.
  • Preparing patients, rooms, materials and equipment before procedures.
  • Documenting treatments and processing X-rays.
  • Assisting dentists and other clinicians by organising and passing instruments and materials during dental procedures.
  • Operating water sprayers and suction devices during examinations.
  • Upholding standards of infection control, cleaning and processing instruments and rooms after use.
  • Educating patients on procedures, oral hygiene techniques and post procedure treatment plans.

Career Outlook for Dental Assistant

The average age of people working as is 27 with 2.20% of them being male. 58.20% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 35.5 hours per week.

 

Unemployment is average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $893 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 18,400 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be moderate, with numbers around 19,300 in 2020.