Dental Chairside Assistants play important roles in the patient experience. In addition to working side-by-side with dentists to ensure procedures are performed smoothly, efficiently and comfortably, they are often the first ones to greet patients as they settle into an exam chair. Assistants help patients get comfortable, ask about recent medical and dental health issues, take X-Rays and more.
Because they spend so much time interacting with patients – many of whom may be anxious or tense about visiting the dentist – dental assistants must also possess outstanding interpersonal skills in order to calm fears and make patients feel more at ease. From the time a patient is seated to the time they leave, it is the Chairside Assistant who can most directly affect how smoothly an appointment goes.
Dental Chairside Assistants may also help prepare instrument trays for the Dental Hygienists who perform routine cleanings. During dental procedures, they transfer instruments to the dentist and maintain the operating field through the use of the dental light, the air/water syringe, the high volume evacuation, saliva ejector and mouth props.
Lincoln College of New England’s Certificate program in Dental Chairside Assistant will help you build the technical and “soft” skills you need to become a highly skilled dental chairside assistant, and to function effectively as an integral member of a professional dental team. You’ll learn all the required skills and related office and laboratory procedures under direct professional supervision. Highly skilled dental professionals teach our students laboratory and clinical procedures in just one academic year – making this course ideal to speed your entry into a new career!
The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Lincoln College of New England also holds an institutional membership with The American Dental Education Association. More information can be found at www.adea.org.
LCNE’s Certificate program in Dental Chairside Assistant prepares you to become a qualified dental professional who would be a wonderful addition to any dental team!
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