Assists the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures.
Takes and develops dental radiographs (x-rays).
Inquires about the patient’s medical history and takes blood pressure and pulse.
Serves as the infection control officer, prepares and sterilizes instruments and equipment.
Interacts with patients to help feel at ease before, during and after dental treatment.
Provides patients with instructions for oral care pre and post treatment.
Teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain optimum oral health (e.g. brushing, flossing, counseling).
Takes impressions of patients teeth for casts (models of teeth).
Processes admissions on all patients as well as verifies insurance authorizations.
Maintains data integrity in the system for all patients.
Performs office management tasks inlcluding scheduling, registration and data entry.
Communicates with patients and suppliers (e.g. scheduling appointments, answering telephone, billing, ordering supplies).
Helps provide direct patient care in all dental specialties.