Striving to be the best dental assistant you can be may boost your job satisfaction
You’ve worked hard to become a dental assistant, and now that you’ve gotten the job you sought, you want to succeed. We may all define success differently, but you can make a difference in how rewarding your career is by always striving to overcome challenges, staying positive, and valuing the role you play in helping people with their dental needs. If you’re wondering what you can do to improve, we’ve compiled some suggestions to get you started.
Dental assistants interact with everyone—patients, dental hygienists, dentists, and insurance companies. To improve productivity in the office, build a foundation of trust with patients, and minimize issues with insurance companies, dental assistants need to communicate effectively by being aware of what they say, how they say it (tone), and being active in conversations.
Many people fear going to the dentist. Fortunately, dental assistants tend to be compassionate and are in the position of helping others. Rely on your empathy and skills as a dental assistant to help calm fears and explain procedures. The more comfortable patients are, the less anxiety they may feel.
Be a leader
A leader notices when someone needs help and offers assistance without being asked. A dental office is a busy place. If you help when you see a room that needs to be cleaned, inventory that needs to be restocked, or a patient that needs assistance, you can show your office that you are a team player who wants to see the office succeed.
Build relationships with co-workers
It takes a team to run an efficient dental office. Get to know your co-workers and show an interest in others. It’s important to show your appreciation whenever they help you. Building relationships can help you work better as a team and help you enjoy your office time.
Stay alert during procedures
Dental assistants often assist the dentist during dental procedures. Procedures can move fast, so it’s important to pay attention to what is happening and even anticipate what the dentist may need. Organization is equally important. Make sure that instruments are where you need them to be, so you can find them quickly.
Just because you are working doesn’t mean your education is over. The field of dentistry is constantly evolving. To stay on top of new procedures, skills, and technology, seek out continuing education opportunities. You also can join professional organizations, like the National Association of Dental Assistants, that send you news about current trends and technologies. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
We hope these suggestions will help you develop the traits you need to be a successful dental assistant. Dental assistants are the backbone of the dentist’s office. You should take pride in your work and the value you bring to the dental office!
Seacoast Career Schools offers a dental assistant training program at its Manchester, NH, campus. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact us today!