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Dental Assistant Courses
NAHCE’s Dental Assistant continuing education training course is a comprehensive resource and an ideal way for competent individuals to earn the necessary credentials to become an Dental Assistant. The course content covers all administrative aspects of dental assisting, basic to advanced clinical skills, key practices and procedures, equipment, and patient and employee safety standards when providing dental patient care in a hands-on environment. Students who complete NAHCE’s dental assistant continuing education training course will find that the course material contains all the required Information to pass the most popular Dental Assistant National Certification Exams.
ost dental assistants work full-time days and almost all dental assistants work in dentists offices. Dental assistants are a valued member of a dental office staff either in administrative roles or treating patients under a dentist’s supervision or both. They work in a team-oriented environment that is highly professional and fast-paced. Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to record keeping and scheduling appointments as well as maintain patient records using Electronic Health Records ( EHRs ). EHR is increasingly becoming used by dental facilities to record all aspects of dental health information. Dental Assistants need to manage and organize information as it is associated to Medical Insurance Billing And Coding so the dental facility can be reimbursed for the services rendered.
Dental assistants provide patient care and chair-side support assisting with dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, and extractions as dentists complete exams These technical duties include:
- Ensure that patients are comfortable throughout the exam
- Prepare the work area for treatments and procedures
- Sterilizing of dental instruments
- Hand instruments to dentists during procedures
- Dry patients’ mouths throughout the exam using suction hoses and other equipment
- Process x rays and complete lab tasks
- Keep patient records of dental treatments using EHR
- Schedule patient appointments using EHR
- Work with patients on billing and payment
- Coding procedures and treatments for billing
- Prepare materials for dental impressions.
- Coronal polishing
- Sealant application
- Fluoride application
- Topical anesthetic application
- Coronal polishing
As a dental assistant, you will be asked to execute a variety of administrative jobs and responsibilities on a regular basis. The scope of these tasks will change from office to office but could include: Performing office management responsibilities, including electronic health records, billing and coding work and scheduling appointments which will require many hours on the phone and behind a computer.
Good people skills and being friendly and compassionate is one of the most notable skills to have. As a Dental Assistant you’ll need to be a good communicator as well. You may be called to greet patients, check them in and prepare them for their check-up, surgery, or treatment. You may also be responsible for inquiring about their health background and perhaps take their blood pressure and pulse. During the patients visit you’ll be guiding them to and from treatment areas. You will also be responsible for teaching patients proper dental care and good oral hygiene including care instructions after procedures or surgery. Dental Assistants also have to be good listeners and have the skillfully ability to place patients at ease who are experiencing stress and anxiety or pain prior, during and after treatments. To remain calm and continue to communicate in sometimes stressful situations is critical. Ideally, a Dental Assistant is detail oriented, focused, with high energy and anticipates the needs of the dental team and their patients.
Dental Assisting is a fast growing profession. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants held about 332,000 jobs in 2016. Growth in dental assistant employment is much faster than the average for all occupations and is expected to add 64,600 new jobs into the workforce between 2016-26.
The median annual wage for dental assistants was $37,630 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,170, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,130.
Most dental assistants work full time. However, nearly 1 in 3 assistants worked part time in 2016. Some may work evenings or weekends.Search Dental Assistant Jobs
Certification & Licensing
The The Certified Dental Assistant ( CDA ) is a nationally acknowledged certification. It is not required to have a national certification to work as an Dental Assistant but the majority of dental facilities will require the accomplishment of a one year nationally recognized training program. getting your Certified Dental Assistant certification significantly increase your likelihood of employment.
Advantages Of Certification Training
In this occupation those who are certified have a big advantage when searching for a job. A certification is a way to stand out from any prospect and it is the simplest way to prove qualifications and a certain level of competence. There is less on-the-job training, which will save you and employers valuable time and resources. A certification proves to employers that the candidate is serious about their profession.
- Psychology, Communication, and Multicultural Interaction.
- Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
- Oral Health and Preventative Techniques.
- General Anatomy and Physiology.
- Head and Neck Anatomy.
- Embryology and Histology.
- Tooth Morphology.
- Infection Control.
- Management of Hazardous Materials (Occupations Health and Safety Administration Standards (OSHA).
- Preparation for Patient Care.
- Dental Charting.
- Emergency Management.
- Introduction to the Dental Office and Basic Chairside Assisting.
- Basic Chairside Instruments, Tray Systems, and Instrument Transfer.
- Isolation and Moisture Control, Including Dental Dam.
- Anesthetic and Sedation.
- Introduction to Dental Radiography and Equipment.
- Produce and Evaluate Dental Radiographs.
- Extraoral and Digital Radiography.
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
- Dental Implants.
- Oral Pathology.
- Pediatric Dentistry.
- Dental Sealants.
- Coronal Polish.
- Fixed Prosthodontics and Gingival Retraction.
- Computerized Impression and Restorative Systems.
- Cosmetic Dentistry and Whitening.
- Removable Prosthodontics.
- Dental Cements, Bases, and Liners.
- Restorative Materials and Dental Dam.
- Laboratory Materials and Techniques.
- Dental Office Management.
- Employment Strategies.
The NAHCE Dental Assistant Continuing Health Education Badge Of Completion (BOC) tells your employer that you have received the highest standards in Dental Assistant education, information, and knowledge meeting the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in this field.
After program completion, students will meet the educational requirements and be qualified to pass the most popular Dental Assistant National Certification Exams.
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