There are many things that make dental assisting a rewarding and desirable career today. A respectable salary and high level of demand as well as job security even in today's economy make dental assisting a promising occupation to pursue. Also, dental assisting can open the door to other occupations within healthcare, such as becoming a dental hygienist.
Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists in a dental office and perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks. The primary role of a dental assistant is assisting the dentist during procedures by providing tools and materials, and by performing dental office-related tasks.
The 100-hour class prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions. The course will cover key areas and topics, exposing the student to both classroom and hands-on instruction. The classroom instruction reviews the necessary anatomy, terminology, legal and ethical issues as well as the policy and guidelines necessary to understanding the scope of practice and the practical aspects of Dental Assisting. Topics include instrument identification, equipment maintenance, tooth structure and oral cavity anatomy, dental anesthesia, sterilization, and charting. The student will learn the steps necessary to assisting the dentist while providing quality dental care within the community. Curriculum includes review of tooth charting, restorations, bridge implants, bitewing, panograph, and periapical x-ray and the mixing of dental cements.
Additionally, the class includes a Healthcare Provider CPR certification class and covers the relevant material necessary to prepare students to take the State of Texas “TSBDE” Dental Assisting exam offered throughout the State of Texas.