About this course
A dental assistant helps with the direct care of patients under the supervision of a dentist. Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. They work chair side as dentists examine and treat patients.
They make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment, and obtain their dental records. Assistants hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients’ mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices. Assistants also sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare trays of instruments for dental procedures, take impressions and radiographs and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care.