Why Become a Dental Assistant?
The Bureau of labor statistics states that the annual mean wage of dental assistants in Pennsylvania as of May 2021 was $43,540, or $20.94 per hour. Dental Assisting National Board’s Salary and Satisfaction Survey report from 2022 highlights that 2/3 of dental assistants were satisfied or very satisfied with their work, and that 78% of dental assistants agree or strongly agree that dental assisting is a career, not a job.
Roles of a Dental Assistant
- Assist dentists in daily procedures and treatment
- Prepare treatment rooms
- Sterilize instruments
- Offer dental chair-side support
- Help schedule patient appointments
- Manage digital records
- File insurance claims
- Stock supplies