Considering becoming a dental assistant?

Have you thought about becoming a dental assistant?

 

Ever wondered what it takes? The need for dental assistants continues to grow year after year so now is the time to get into it!

Entry into Dentistry

Are you uncertain about being in the dental field? Well consider this! You can become an assistant in between four months and two years. No 4-year degree needed to dip your toes in before taking the plunge.

There is a wide range of what you can learn and be trained in so I do not recommend online programs which have no hands on curriculum. The shorter programs of four, six, or nine months can be full time and intense. A hard worker that goes above and beyond can become a great assistant with any legitimate education.

As a dental assistant, you will learn a lot about dentistry in general, whether you like it or not. You can use your experience to decide if you want to transition into a different role in the office like front office, hygienist, lab tech, or dentist.

When looking into programs, look at the length of time a program takes to complete as well as the hours of commitment in a day or week. Next, check the quality of the program, the instructor’s education, the facilities equipment, and the curriculum. Also check to see if they have a placement or alumni program, all while keeping in mind your own personal obligations such as; job, family, and hobbies.

Each state has their own rules, regulations, and polices, so check online for your state’s requirements. Typically, you will participate in a program that is 1-2 years long, through a junior college or a privately

owned facility. These provide both the education and hands-on training necessary to give your patients the proper care. For this reason alone, I would lean away from any online only dental assisting programs.

Great Space to Learn

A dental assistant helps everyone in the office!

Sometimes they pull charts or welcome patients to help the front office. They may help the dental hygienists with perio charting and turning over their operatory. Primarily though, they will be sterilizing the instruments and assisting the dentist during treatment of patients.

As a dental assistant, you gain knowledge in everyone’s position throughout the office. This can help you determine if you want to take a different path in dentistry or if being a dental assistant is your chosen career for now.

Caring and Compassion is Key

Finally, though possibly most important, this is a healthcare service position in the field of dentistry. You have to truly care and show compassion for your patients. Being a good listener is important for them to feel comfortable in a situation that many find painful and scary.  Your patience, confidence, and friendly attitude will help them relax and make their experience as smooth and rewarding as it can be.

Does this sound like the job for you? If so, go out, gather some basic information, and let us know if we can help!

Shannon


Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is a new and innovative company that is redefining how dental staffing services and dental staffing agencies are designed and offered to the dental community. Today’s business environment requires companies have more than just a website and a central location for conducting face-to-face interviews. We provide an elegant dental staffing agency solution to your dental temping and dental permanent staffing needs. 

Dental Temp Staffing Solutions frees dentist’s time and saves money by providing temporary staffing, payroll, and credit card processing at a fraction of the cost. Through our easy to use system, we give dental hygienist jobs, dental assistant jobs, floaters, front desk staff, dental lab technicians, and dentists rapid access to what jobs are available around them without any of the hassle. 

Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is breaking the mold of today’s dental staffing environment, developing multiple value added services, to manage, streamline, and lean out costly labor intensive processes. Over time, Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is a one-stop shop; offering a Whole Office Management Solution. This will be ideal for the dentist who desires to remain independent of the corporate model while gaining the advantage of a large organization through affiliation. Additionally, this will be a great resource for those looking to gain the next competitive advantage by sharing administrative resources. 

Dental Temps Staffing Solutions provides all the services of a dental staffing agency and much, much more all across America and currently has a larger presence in Washington and Florida specifically – Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Orlando, northern and southern Florida.  

Sound interesting? 

Check these out- 

Instagram: http://instagram.com/dtstaffingsolutions 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dtstaffingsolutions/ 

Website: www.dtstaffingsolutions.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DentalTempsSS 

Medium: http://medium.com/@DentalTempsSS 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-3ZlEjIYyfliRlWgO9WLPQ/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dental-temps-staffing-solutions/ 

Or call 888-653-1657 

Just Graduated? Ready to get to it?! 

Most new graduates come out in May or June and are hungry to sink their teeth into some of the work they have been studying for years! 

Here are some quick tips on how to get a position you like and keep it! 

Uncertain which offices you should apply to?  You can check out some tips here!

Be organized and reliable! 

These usually go hand-in-hand but always be on time, be prepared, and be responsible!  

  • Be 10-15 minutes early for your shift in case of traffic  
  • Pack your lunch and some snacks so you have lots of energy for the day 
  • If you have trouble arriving on time, make sure everything is ready the night before for  you to jump up, grab it, and go! 

Be a team player! 

Not everything in the office is your responsibility but seeing where you can help out endears you to the staff and gives you the opportunity to develop new skills! Sometimes, just knowing how to stay positive is all it takes to turn someone else’s day around.

For example, if you often have patients that don’t show, you could make reminder calls the day before to help make sure your day doesn’t fall apart. Learning how to professionally remind people to come to their appointments is a great skill set to develop! 

Try, try, try again! 

I recommend you try out a bunch of different offices to get as much experience in as many different environments as possible! This will give you a much broader experience of what you do or do not like about the – 

  • operatories 
  •  doctors 
  • coworkers 
  •  kinds of patients 

and many more things you hadn’t even considered! 

 If you are interested, we have a much larger list! Simply sign up here today – https://brisk.workxpress.com/CandidateRegistration/dtss and we will make sure you get one! 

 Hopefully this helps you get a jump start on your new career, or new career move, and if you have any questions, let me know! 

Shannon


Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is a new and innovative company that is redefining how dental staffing services and dental staffing agencies are designed and offered to the dental community. Today’s business environment requires companies have more than just a website and a central location for conducting face-to-face interviews. We provide an elegant dental staffing agency solution to your dental temping and dental permanent staffing needs. 

Dental Temp Staffing Solutions frees dentist’s time and saves money by providing temporary staffing, payroll, and credit card processing at a fraction of the cost. Through our easy to use system, we give dental hygienist jobs, dental assistant jobs, floaters, front desk staff, dental lab technicians, and dentists rapid access to what jobs are available around them without any of the hassle. 

Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is breaking the mold of today’s dental staffing environment, developing multiple value added services, to manage, streamline, and lean out costly labor intensive processes. Over time, Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is a one-stop shop; offering a Whole Office Management Solution. This will be ideal for the dentist who desires to remain independent of the corporate model while gaining the advantage of a large organization through affiliation. Additionally, this will be a great resource for those looking to gain the next competitive advantage by sharing administrative resources. 

Dental Temps Staffing Solutions provides all the services of a dental staffing agency and much, much more all across America and currently has a larger presence in Washington and Florida specifically – Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Orlando, northern and southern Florida.  

Sound interesting? 

Check these out- 

Instagram: http://instagram.com/dtstaffingsolutions 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dtstaffingsolutions/ 

Website: www.dtstaffingsolutions.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DentalTempsSS 

Medium: http://medium.com/@DentalTempsSS 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-3ZlEjIYyfliRlWgO9WLPQ/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dental-temps-staffing-solutions/ 

Or call 888-653-1657 

Finding the Right Dental Office

Are you looking for a dental office where you feel like part of a family? One where you can grow with through the years?

Let’s face it… We all want to be part of a great working environment especially because we spend most of our time on the job. Few get lucky enough to find that on their first go around. It may take several bad choices to find that perfect, right choice; a dental office that you belong in. If you are a dental hygienist, dental assistant, floater, front desk worker, or dental lab technician, this article could save you a lot of time and grief.

Imagine this scenario…

You are excited to get back to work and you have submitted your resume to a dental office from a local ad. One of those ads had a phrase that caught your attention: “Come join our dental family and become a part of our fun team. We provide benefits, great pay, time off, and a great team that helps one another.” That’s what you want, right? You want to be a part of a fun family that works together, don’t you?

Your first day comes and you show up 30 minutes early, but no one else was there. The rest of the office gets there, opens with five minutes till the hour, and by this time the first patient is waiting at the door with you. You let them know you’re the new assistant. The staff brings you back to briskly let you know; ‘you can put your purse there, here’s today’s schedule, you will be working out of these two operatories, and your first patient is waiting.’ You feel like you were just thrown to the wolves, left there, all alone but you’re a trooper, you know your stuff, you got this.

You set up for the procedure and, by looking through the drawers, find most everything you need. Halfway through the procedure the doctor needs a special instrument. You stop, leave the room, ask someone where it is, re-glove, start again just to once again have to fetch something else, same drill all over again. Running an hour behind, with no help from anyone, you feel incompetent. It was just day one.. things will get better you tell yourself but, unfortunately, similar scenarios continue to play out through the week.

This lack of support plus you discovered the “time off” mentioned in the ads was just five holidays and one week vacation after you’ve been there for two years. Your pay is $2.00 less than you thought and you get 25% off your dental work. WOW.

Does this sound familiar to you? Has this scenario happened to you or a friend?

If so, here are some tips and tricks to avoid this situation and to ensure you make the right choice in finding the right dental family.

1. Find a reputable staffing company that cares about their clients and candidate’s needs.
This takes the majority of the hassle of finding a job away from you. They know the offices, the people, their philosophies, and they have feedback from others that went before you. Make sure they are going to hire you properly and that you are properly compensated. They have already built relationships with the dental families and can act, on your behalf, to find the right fit. This eliminates all the time, energy, and cost you would have to print resumes, drive out to twenty different offices, awkwardly talk to staff about current positions in the hope that you will stand out, and finally getting a call back. If you temp through a quality staffing company, they will know you, your preferences and strengths, and be able to place you to maximize synergy for all parties involved.

2. Have a working interview for a minimum of two weeks to minimize negative surprises.
We all have been through a honeymoon period in a relationship – everyone puts on their smiles, isn’t bothered by little things, and generally meshes well. If you only know someone in a honeymoon period, you will think everything will always go well and we all know it’s better to know how people work under stress. By having a longer working interview, it puts everyone involved in several different scenarios over time, which gives all parties time to see if the relationship will even have a chance.

3. Get everything in writing.
Require that everything, such as start date, rate of pay, all benefits (uniform allowance, dental work, holidays, vacations, time off, continuing education, etc.), over time, time off, duties, and expectations all be enumerated before you start. This should be in the form of a contract with all parties’ signatures to assure that there is no confusion and that all parties are certain of expectations.

4. Get a copy of the contract, the office manual, and policy & procedures.
By having a copy of all pertinent documents, you can help prevent any future manipulation and unreasonable demands. Knowledge is power and having all of the information at your disposal will help keep you operating to your potential and help prevent any legal issues.

5. Ask to be assigned a lead/mentor to be there for you until you’re comfortable on your own.
Having someone to help guild you around a new space makes the transition much easier as well as helping to build camaraderie. What could take you twenty minutes to find on your own takes less than one minute when someone else already knows where it is. Learning through someone who has already experienced the pitfalls exponentially decreases your training time.

If you ensure all of the previous pertinent steps are taken, the right office will come sooner, and you will be in a space you enjoy going to everyday where you, and your dental family, will grow for years to come. 😊

Shannon


Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is a new and innovative company that is redefining how dental staffing services and dental staffing agencies are designed and offered to the dental community. Today’s business environment requires companies have more than just a website and a central location for conducting face-to-face interviews. We provide an elegant dental staffing agency solution to your dental temping and dental permanent staffing needs. 

Dental Temp Staffing Solutions frees dentist’s time and saves money by providing temporary staffing, payroll, and credit card processing at a fraction of the cost. Through our easy to use system, we give dental hygienist jobs, dental assistant jobs, floaters, front desk staff, dental lab technicians, and dentists rapid access to what jobs are available around them without any of the hassle. 

Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is breaking the mold of today’s dental staffing environment, developing multiple value added services, to manage, streamline, and lean out costly labor intensive processes. Over time, Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is a one-stop shop; offering a Whole Office Management Solution. This will be ideal for the dentist who desires to remain independent of the corporate model while gaining the advantage of a large organization through affiliation. Additionally, this will be a great resource for those looking to gain the next competitive advantage by sharing administrative resources. 

Dental Temps Staffing Solutions provides all the services of a dental staffing agency and much, much more all across America and currently has a larger presence in Washington and Florida specifically – Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Orlando, northern and southern Florida.  

Sound interesting? 

Check these out- 

Instagram: http://instagram.com/dtstaffingsolutions 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dtstaffingsolutions/ 

Website: www.dtstaffingsolutions.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DentalTempsSS 

Medium: http://medium.com/@DentalTempsSS 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-3ZlEjIYyfliRlWgO9WLPQ/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dental-temps-staffing-solutions/ 

Or call 888-653-1657