A degree in dental assisting leads to a career that is among the fastest growing in the nation. To be successful in dental assisting, you need to have:
- applied equipment knowledge
- good one-on-one communication skills
- strong written and verbal communication skills
- critical judgment and decision making skills
- good personal hygiene
- good finger dexterity
In a profession where people may have reservations about coming to the dentist, it is important to be able to read verbal and non-verbal cues, communicate clearly, and have patience. Imagine a small child's first trip to the dentist. He or she might be scared and timid. As a dental assistant, you will need to be able to read the child's expressions and body language in order to make him or her feel comfortable. All the while, you make sure you are caring for the teeth.
In addition to a pleasant chair side manner, it is also your responsibility to provide high-quality dental care. At Lake Michigan College, you will learn about dental anatomy, dental procedure, standard first aid and personal safety, dental radiography, and medical issues.
Other skills needed include:
- Self-motivation and a willingness to work diligently
- Responsibility and organization
- Ability to be self-sufficient and anticipate work that needs to be done