Dental Assistant

Dental assistants assist dentists during the examination and treatment of patients. Duties include chair-side assistance, instrument and equipment care, instrument sterilization, laboratory procedures, oral hygiene instruction and possibly clerical functions.  Dental assistants work primarily in dentists' offices, but they might also be employed by government and educational institutions.  Also known as Health Care Assistant, Medical Assistant.

Skills Required

  • 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

Dental Assistants should enjoy dealing with people, having clear guidelines, and operating and maintaining equipment.

Education/Training Required

Diploma or certificate

Schools Offering Career Program

Holland College
Oulton College
Dental Assistants College of Saint John Inc.
Nova Scotia Community College
Academy of Learning College

Average Starting Salary

Growth Rate

Education Required
1 year