Registered Dental Assistant Level II
- receive and prepare patients for treatment
- sterilize, prepare and set out dental instruments and materials
- process x-rays
- assist dentists during dental procedures
- record dental procedures performed
- educate patients.
- As intra-oral assistants, dental assistants who have appropriate training and registration may:
- polish clinical crowns and apply fluoride
- apply dental dams, pit and fissure sealants, desensitizing agents, topical anaesthetic, acid etch materials and cavity bases and liners
- take preliminary impressions for diagnostic casts
- apply and remove matrices and wedges
- answer telephone calls
- co-ordinate appointment schedules
- use and maintain dental computer software
- maintain an inventory of supplies
- co-ordinate treatments for patients.
Dental assistants need the following characteristics:
- the ability to pay close attention to detail
- the ability to put patients at ease
- good communication and interpersonal skills
- steadiness, the ability to remain calm under pressure and in emergencies
- critical thinking skills
- good organizational and time management skills
- the ability to co-operate and work as part of a team.
They should enjoy dealing with people, having clear guidelines, and operating and maintaining equipment.