Dental Assistants

 

 

OFO No: 325101

 

 

 

 

Other names for Dental Assistant:

  • Dental Aide
  • Dental Chairside Assistant
  • Dental Nurse
  • Dental Surgery Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant

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What is a Dental Assistant?

A Dental Assistant’s job is to help the dentist perform efficient and safe dental procedures while they examine and treat patients.

What does a Dental Assistant do?

  • meets and greets patients and put them at ease
  • draws patients’ records from the filing system
  • prepares patients for treatment
  • passes instruments during the procedure and holds a suction device
  • helps patients rinse and clean their mouths
  • adjusts the light above the patient
  • exposes dental radiographs
  • sterilises instruments
  • performs general office duties
  • does stock keeping and placing orders

Are you . . . ?

  • good with people?
  • good at making people feel at ease?
  • empathic?
  • friendly?
  • neat and well groomed?
  • interested in dentistry?
  • good at taking orders?
  • a good listener?
  • a person with good hand eye co-ordination?
  • professional and discreet?

How do I become a Dental Assistant?

You can study to become a Dental Assistant at most universities of technology.

You will complete a 1 year National Certificate in Dental Assisting.

  • TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
  • CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHOLOGY
  • CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
  • DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Minimum requirements: (each institution has their own requirements but this gives you a basic idea):

NSC with (40-49%) English, (40-49%) Maths or Maths Lit, (40-49%) in Life Sciences or Physical Science or overall equivalent. An entrance exam to be written and an interview take place.

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Dentist or Dental Therapist

Is becoming a Dental Assistant the right career choice for me?

 

 

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