The dental industry has its own set of challenges and rewards. In order to be successful in this profession, Dental Assistants must possess a great deal of knowledge and understanding regarding the latest dental technologies, treatment options, tools and software. Here are some of the important skills required to be a successful Dental Assistant and a valuable asset to your team!
The Role of Dental Assistants
As a Dental Assistant, you will be expected to work and offer complete assistance to the Dentist in his/her dental clinic. You will also be interacting directly with all the patients and ensuring they have a great experience and provide the best possible care.
Skills or Traits of a Dental Assistant
Whether a patient needs a bridge, a root canal, crowns or a simple check up, a Dentist needs help and assistance during each procedure. Apart from offering adequate amount of support during dental procedures, a Dental Assistant should posses the following skills or traits:
Patient Care: Remember, that most people are afraid of going to the Dentist. In fact, we are the most feared medical specialist! You are responsible for putting each patient at ease and ensuring that each experience is a pleasant one! Dental Assistants should display good qualities such as being kind, empathetic, cheerful and charismatic. We are there to offer reassurance, all while helping the Dentist in carrying out the procedures smoothly and efficiently.
Well Prepared and Organized: A Dental Assistant should be well prepared and organized and learn to plan ahead instead of managing things at the last moment- no Dentist will appreciate this! You will have multiple tasks, responsibilities, patients & maybe multiple doctors… sometimes juggling all at the same time! It is also important to remember, that you are part of a team. Being well organized helps the clinic, Doctors & the team run smoothly and effectively. You have a big role to play and therefore it is important to be organized and have things ready in advance.
Professional Approach: Needless to say, a Dental Assistant must be professional in every aspect in the office. Things like coming to work on or before time, having a positive attitude and mindset and dressing appropriately are important to ensure that you are highly committed towards your profession and career.
Attentive: As a Dental Assistant, it is imperative that you are attentive and give importance to each and every detail right before, during and after the dental procedure. Thus, preparing the dental instruments, taking x-rays, assisting the Dentist & maintaining patient’s records are a couple of things that an assistant should be capable of handling effectively on a daily basis.
As a Dental Assistant, you have a lot of things to be responsible for and you will wear many hats every day. But all your hard work should give you a sense of fulfillment. You have a lot of great skills that you get to utilize each and every day. Remember- you are in the business of changing peoples lives just by improving their smile 🙂