Chairside Assistant Program
This 17 week program goes over in-depth what it means to be a chairside assistant in the dental office. Students will learn the fundamentals of dental assisting, operative dentistry, chairside assisting, dental specialties, and dental radiography. Students will be taught how to transition from the operatory room to sterilization and dental lab. Students are exposed to digital x-rays, an intraoral camera, sterilizers, ultrasonic, model trimmer, and vacuum formers to name a few. The format of the class will consist of a power point presentation lecture followed by a hands-on lab section.
Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 7 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations. About 55,100 openings for dental assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. Almost all dental assistants work in dentists’ offices and more than half work full-time. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed.
Dental assistants typically work with patients to make them comfortable in the dental chair and to prepare them for treatments and procedures, sterilize dental instruments, prepare the work area for patient treatment by setting out instruments and materials, help dentists by handing them instruments during procedures, process x rays and do lab tasks under the direction of a dentist and keep records of dental treatments. Some assistants who do lab tasks, such as making casts of a patient’s teeth, work under the direction of a dentist. They might prepare materials for a cast of teeth or create temporary crowns.