Make sure to visit our website for more information about our school, our instructors, school location, and upcoming classes!
We look forward to meeting you!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dental Assistant School in Utah

    Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is a Dental Assistant School in Utah that offers education for dental assisting and dental office administration. What are you going to get at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah?
    Practical Dental Assisting of Utah Website
  • Education in Basic and Specialty Dentistry so that your options are wide open!
  • Skills to acquire a dental assisting job in a STABLE and fun career field.
  • The ability to work in a great environment with energetic people and a job that you can LOVE!
  • A job with amazing hours and pay that is more than double the minimum wage.
     Other courses at our competitor schools offer courses too long and too expensive to pay for. They may offer special financing and long classes, but you can achieve the same Radiology Certification and Dental Assisting Diploma at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah and pay less than half the cost of our competitors AND finish your course in just 12 weeks!

    Feel free to check out our website, call us, or email us with any questions. The class for January 2011 is filling up fast and only a few spots are available. Call today! We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dental Assisting School in Utah

Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is a competitive Dental Assisting school in Utah County with competitive pricing 
and financing options to suit every students needs.

"My experience with Practical Dental Assisting was awesome! The instructors are great, and really take the time to help you understand everything to your needs. It was very hands on making it easy to learn the material that was needed to be learned.  Everything was taught in a very thorough matter, in a way that was easy to learn. Classes were small making it easy to become a "family" to help each other and learn together. The facility is a great, with the dental office feel.  I learned so much about dentistry, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience at PDA. Great school, great staff, and great people!"
-Jake M.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dental Assistant Salary

     Are you wondering what kind of salary or income you can make as a dental assistant? We at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah want our students to have a job BEFORE they graduate from our dental assisting school in Utah County. The average dental assistant salary and hourly wage varies according to state, city, number of dentists in a specific area, and the type of dental office they may work. We found the following to be a good summary of a dental assistant salary.
  • Dental assistants work in a number of health care professions, but the most popular industries tend to be dental prosthetic services, family dentistry, health care, orthodontics and pediatric offices.  The salaries of these industries are similar as they start out a little less than $12 an hour and may increase to just under the national average of about $16. *
  • The average yearly salary is typically between $24,000 and $35,000. You may start at an hourly rate of a little more than $11 and eventually work your way to more than $16 an hour. *
  • Someone with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology may start off around $10 an hour and may eventually work up to $15. *
  • A certificate of completion can get you started above the average hourly salary with around $12 and can eventually earn you a slightly higher salary than you would have with a BS. *
     We understand the need for a stable and rewarding career. The great fact about dentistry is people are always going to have teeth and will always have dental care needs! The Dental Field is not under threat from our current economy and each of our instructors have years of experience in the field. We are currently updating and extending our curriculum to better educate our students in basic and specialty dental assistant training. Feel free to check out our website and call us with any questions!

*Information cited from

Friday, November 26, 2010

Dental Assistant School in Utah

     Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is looking forward to 2011 and to extended courses for Dental Assisting and Dental Administration. We listened to our students' reviews and decided that our 10 week courses were not quite enough time for our students to feel completely comfortable with everything they had learned.
     So, as of January 7, 2011 our courses will be 12 weeks long and will include more time for students to practice in our functioning dental office, weekly review time, and expanded topics such as dental specialties and their procedures!

     Feel free to check out our website for more information and call today for a tour of our school, meet our director, and check out our easy financing options!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dental Assisting School Special Holiday Pricing!

     Practical Dental Assisting is an amazing Dental Assisting School that takes pride in affordable tuition for the BEST education available.Our tuition will beat our competitors and we are making sure of it by offering Special Holiday Pricing! 
Click here to take advantage of 
over $500 in savings!
     We have a few spaces available for our January classes so feel free to explore our website and call us for a tour of our dental assisting school in Utah county and the on-site dental office! We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all a very Happy Holiday!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dental Assisting

Ever wonder what makes a GREAT Dental Assisting School in comparison to others?

At Practical Dental Assisting of Utah we train our assistants in a classroom and functioning dental office. Our students receive the best education by learning the most effective and widely used skills in dental offices. We don’t waste our students’ time and money on classes and subject material that they will never use on a day-to-day basis. Our school is efficient and effective and educates our students to graduate as skilled, trained assistants capable of any assisting task they may face.

Check out our website or call us today to learn more. Enrollment for January 2011 has just begun and classes fill up fast!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dental Assisting School

We are so proud to be a competitive college of Dental Assisting in Utah County! We offer affordable classes in Dental Assisting and Dental Office Administration. We are all booked up for the remainder of this year but are enrolling students for January! Call today and learn how to achieve a great job in a stable career field.

Here’s what a recent graduate had to say about her experience:

“I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had to attend Practical Dental Assisting of Utah! I learned so much about dentistry and about myself. The staff was amazing and was always there to help in any way they could. I have never been a good classroom learner but at PDA of Utah I learned wonderfully! The classes were small so you could really have one on one time with the teachers and the “hands on” learning really helped me to succeed! If I had to suggest any dental assisting program I would definitely suggest PDA of Utah!!! I loved it and will always be a fan!”

Angie T.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dental Assisting School in Utah

At Practical Dental Assisting of Utah, we pride ourselves on providing excellent Dental Assistant education with the most up-to-date technology. Our Dental Assisting School trains each student in the following areas.
  • Dental Terminology
  • Dental Procedures
  • Dental Specialties
  • Dental Front Office Administration
  • Radiology and CPR Certification
  • Dentrix Computer Systems
  • Dental Office Sterilization
  • Digital and Traditional X-ray Techniques
  • Chair-side Assisting

 If you are interested in learning more about our school, meeting our staff, or would like a tour of our facilities, call us today at (801) 369-1563 or check out our website.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dental Office Administration

We are excited to introduce our NEWEST Dental Assisting school addition: Dental Office Administration! It will be a BLAST to teach and we have updated all of our technology, computers, class sizes, curriculum, and much more! Starting January 7th, 2011, our first Office Administration course will begin!

Check out our website for more information. Remember our Dental Assisting Class will begin again January 8, 2011 as well. We have extended and improved the course to 12 weeks and included additional education into our existing course. We look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to call with any questions or comments!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dental Assisting School

Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is proud to offer the most effective Dental Assisting education available. Our school is located in Lindon, Utah and connected to a functioning dental office. This key element of our school allows us to give each student hands-on training in the functioning dental office. We have found that our hands-on training allows each student learn and memorize each skill, in addition to become familiar and comfortable with their tasks.

The following is what a recent graduate of our school had to say about her experience.

"Practical Dental Assisting of Utah was very helpful and worked with my busy schedule. The class was very hands on which was an easier way for me to learn. The instructors were always there to help when needed. I never needed to ask twice. The instructors made learning the material fun and had games to help with memorizing.  They taught me everything I needed to know to get the great job I have today.  Going through the Practical Dental Assisting program provided opportunities for assisting in real dental offices before I was employed. I found a job with an oral surgeon within weeks of finishing the program. I love my job and I loved Practical Dental Assisting of Utah."        
- Aubrey C.

Visit us online at to learn more about our school or to read other testimonials from recent graduates!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Why Become a Dental Assistant?

     Dental Assisting is a fun, exciting, stable career that many men and women enjoy for life. There are various career options within the dental field that a trained dental assistant may choose from and create a rewarding, life-long career from.

     Dental Assistants may choose to be a chair-side assistant, sterilization assistant, dental lab aide, dental lab technician, dental office secretary, dental office treatment coordinator, or dental office administration manager. Each of these career choices can be achieved with the proper education and knowledge about dental offices, assisting, and procedures.

     Dental Assistants can use assisting as a stepping-stone to future education. We currently have a young man in our course who is planning on becoming a dental assistant to help him enter and succeed in Dental School. Many of our students also plan to continue their education and become Dental Hygienists, using assisting skills to prepare them for whats ahead.

Our Dental Assisting School in Utah is an excellent school in Utah County that prides itself on the best educational techniques, hands-on training in a functioning dental office, and small class sizes with qualified instructors for one-on-one attention. For more information about where we are located or when our next class begins, check out our website and contact us with any questions!

Dental Assisting School of Utah

     We believe that our Dental Assisting School in Utah County offers the most comprehensive, clinical, hands-on learning available. Our classes are fun, exciting, educational, and offered at various times of the week. We teach every student the skills needed to work in a dental office and prepare them for a wonderful career in Dental Assisting!

      When you complete our Dental Assisting Program, you will be educated in basic Dental Assisting skills, OSHA sterilization practices, Radiology, and many dental specialties. The first half of our course is focused on basic terminology, familiarizing our students to the dental office, Chair-side assisting, radiology, and dental cleanings. The second half of our course then expands on the foundation of knowledge already achieved and each student learns the procedures of each dental specialty such as Endodontics, Periodontics, and Oral Surgery. These are only a few of the dental specialties each student will learn and have the opportunity to intern at a specialty of choice.

Check out our website for more information and call us today to schedule a free tour of our school and learn more about our program.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Utah Dental Assisting School

         At Practical Dental Assisting of Utah, we pride ourselves on our unique course that offers our Dental Assistants training in a functioning Dental Office. We believe this hands-on training is necessary for preparing each student for the workplace and increases their comfort with other Dental Offices. We also encourage and help each student acquire an internship to further increase their skills and confidence. Our courses are 10 to 12 weeks in length and with our training, every student is prepared, confident, well-educated, and has Dental Assisting experience when they graduate.

A previous student practicing Alginate Impressions
To learn more about our Utah Dental Assisting School, meet our staff, view our school, or apply for the next class check out our website! We look forward to hearing from you!

Dental Assisting School in Utah

Recent Graduates showing their silly skills!

Dental Assisting is one of the most energetic, compassionate, and fun careers to have. Each of our Instructors have been Dental Assistants for years and can attest to the amazing career choices available. Our students are encouraged to make friends in our courses, gain experience in many internship opportunities, and have fun! We have just begun a new Saturday course that will extend into December and all of our new students are amazing.

Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is focused on teaching amazing men and women the art of Dental Assisting. We are a Dental Assisting School located in Lindon, Utah and welcome all to contact us for a tour of our school! Check out our website and call us today!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Utah Dental Assisting School

     Our Utah Dental Assisting School has had hundreds of graduates who loved their training and currently love their jobs! We pride ourselves on providing current education, hands-on training in a functioning dental office, small class sizes for a better learning experience, and graduating our students with all the skills they will need for an excellent career in the dental field.
     The following is what one of our recent graduates had to say about us!

“Practical Dental Assisting Of Utah was one of the best things to happen to me! I went into the program not knowing anyone and came out feeling like I had known these girls forever! My teacher Jana was so sweet and made sure we understood everything we were being taught. I love my job! I am 19 (18 when i graduated) and have matured so much! I wouldn't have changed one thing about PDA! It was the greatest experience I have ever had! Thank you PDA! I don't hesitate in recommending you guys!”
Sydney P.
For more Practical Dental Assisting of Utah testimonials check out our website or contact us for more information!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Utah County Dental Assisting Jobs

     There are many ways to search for dental assisting jobs in Utah County.  The BEST way to find a job and make a presence in an interview is NETWORKING. There are a huge number of dental offices who will not post job openings online or in the newspaper. These offices want referrals for assistants they have already met or whom their staff may already know.
     How do you get in this network? The answer, INTERNSHIPS! It is the best way to introduce yourself to the dental field, meet other assistants, dentists, and dental office personnel. This also helps you to learn how different offices function and improves your dental assisting skills while you may be unemployed.

     Our Utah County Dental Assisting Program is located in Lindon, Utah and is connected to a functioning dental office. Our website has all the information about us and what our program offers. We have a facebook page as well with constant updates and helpful tips for dental assistants. Feel free to contact us for more information! We look forward to meeting you!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Dental Assisting in Utah County

Dental Assisting is an exciting, upbeat, and secure career. These three items are hard to come by in the current economy! Our classes are 10 to 12 weeks long and offer all the training and education needed to be a successful, desired employee.
Our short courses are designed to get you trained and in the dental field quickly. The classes are offered on weekends to provide those with children or who work during the week to attend classes. We have financial options and our program cost is low and affordable to everyone!
Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is located in Utah County and is connected to a functioning dental office. This provides our students with lecture time and hands-on training in the dental office for optimal training.

Our website has all the information about our course outline, program requirements, financial options, Utah County location, and when the next classes begin! Check it all out and feel free to contact us for a tour of our program and all registration information.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dental Assisting Skills Training

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. They sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare and lay out the instruments and materials required to treat each patient, and obtain and update patients' dental records. Assistants make patients comfortable in the dental chair and prepare them for treatment. During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist to provide assistance. They hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients' mouths dry and clear by using suction hoses or other devices. They also instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care.

Dental assistants may prepare materials for impressions and restorations, and process dental x rays as directed by a dentist. They also may remove sutures, apply topical anesthetics to gums or cavity-preventive agents to teeth, remove excess cement used in the filling process, and place dental dams to isolate teeth for treatment. Many States are expanding dental assistants' duties to include tasks such as coronal polishing and restorative dentistry functions for those assistants who meet specific training and experience requirements.

Dental assistants with laboratory duties make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions, clean and polish removable appliances, and make temporary crowns. Those with office duties schedule and confirm appointments, receive patients, keep treatment records, send bills, receive payments, and order dental supplies and materials.”

Education for dental assisting can be achieved in a variety of ways. There are some 2-year programs that offer an associates degree at accredited universities. 1-year programs offer certificates or diplomas in addition to radiology certification. There are also some assistants who are trained at the dental office and received no formal education or skills training. Our Dental Assisting Program in Utah offers simple 10 or 12-week courses and awards all our graduates with Dental Assisting Diplomas, Radiology Certification, and CPR certification. We are proud to offer a concentrated program that offers all the skills training and certification necessary to find a job and be a desired addition to any dental office. Feel free to check out our website for more information and a look at our past graduates and their testimonials. We look forward to helping you achieve a great education towards a stable and rewarding career!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Practical Dental Assisting at the Women's Expo!

Please come and speak with our school director, Kim, and new instructor, Jenn! They will have all the information for our school, enrollment, and course options at the booth. Financing and payment options are always available for our Utah Valley Dental Assisting School. Kim is our amazing director and will love to answer every question you may have! 

Special Expo tuition discounts will also be given so stop by this weekend!
Click, save, and print this coupon for 1 FREE ADMISSION and remember to stop by our booth!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dental Assistant Job Projections

In today’s unstable economy, jobs in the healthcare and dental field continue to be in high demand. Dentistry is a need for every person and the need for Dental Assistants will continue to exist and increase far into the future.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the 2010-2011 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental assistants held about 295,300 jobs in 2008. About 93 percent of all jobs for dental assistants were in offices of dentists. A small number of jobs were in the Federal, State, and local governments or in offices of physicians. They also project that "employment is expected to grow 36 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In fact, dental assistants are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 projection period. Population growth, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people, and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations will fuel demand for dental services. Older dentists, who have been less likely to employ assistants or have employed fewer, are leaving the occupation and will be replaced by recent graduates, who are more likely to use one or more assistants. In addition, as dentists' workloads increase, they are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks, so that they may devote their own time to more complex procedures.

Job prospects should be excellent, as dentists continue to need the aid of qualified dental assistants. There will be many opportunities for entry-level positions, but some dentists prefer to hire experienced assistants, those who have completed a dental-assisting program, or have met State requirements to take on expanded functions within the office.

In addition to job openings due to employment growth, some job openings will arise out of the need to replace assistants who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave for other reasons."
Our Dental Assistant Program offers classes on weekends for those who have busy schedules, are stay-at-home Mothers, or are full-time workers during the weekdays. We have wonderful financing options and payment plans. Contact us today for a tour of our program or check out our website for more information.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Congratulations Dental Assistants!

Our Saturday ladies have all passed their final test and are now official dental assistants!  
Congratulations girls!
Our graduates received their Dental Assisting Diploma, Radiology Certificates, CPR Certificates, and all the training needed for a wonderful career in the dental field. They were excellent girls and we LOVED teaching them. Call today to sign  up for our next Saturday class beginning September 25, 2010. Our website also has all the information for our Utah County Dental Assisting School.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dental Assisting School of Utah

     Dental Assistants acquire a vast amount of knowledge in the dental field. In our Dental Assisting School in Utah County, you will learn the art of communication, professionalism, Dental terminology, Sterilization, and much more!
     For those of our students who have interned at Pediatric Dental Offices, the eruption sequence of teeth is interesting and educational. For example, baby teeth begin to form while the baby is in the mothers womb. This is one of the many reasons it is very important to control the mothers health and medication intake. Certain medicines consumed by pregnant mothers can have a damaging effect on their child's teeth.
     Baby teeth begin to erupt through the gingiva at 6-8 months old on average. The first set of permanent molars begin to erupt at age 6, it actually helped coin the term "6 year molars."  For this same reason, the second set of molars are also called the "12 year molars," as they usually erupt around age 12. Wisdom teeth certainly don't have an affect on your wisdom, but they erupt when you are considered a young adult and are acquiring important "wisdom" in life.

     Pediatric Dentistry is one of the most upbeat, fast tempo specialties that most assistants learn to love. Children usually keep the mood of the office fun and happy, which is always enjoyable for everyone. We at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah love to train our assistants and help them find the jobs of their dreams. Call us or check out our website to learn more about our school!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dental Assisting School in Utah County

Living in Utah County is wonderful! We love the abundance of nice people and children in the area. Due to the fairly common practice of having a large family, Pediatric Dentistry is one of the best career choices to choose from.  One of our instructors has over 5 years of experience in pediatric dental offices and had nothing but wonderful experiences!

As a Dental Assistant in a pediatric dental office one may expect to do the following:
  • Take X-rays on children of all ages. This can be tricky because the majority of young children are frightened of the dentist and often cry. Parents can often hold the child in their lap and coax them through the x-ray process. As an assistant you must learn soothing terminology and use words that children can understand such as calling the x-ray a photo and the x-ray tube the camera.
  • Complete tooth cleanings and flossing on many children throughout each work day. This task can be easily done with the newer offices installing televisions above the dental chairs as a distraction or offering kids prizes if they let us "tickle their teeth with our toothbrush." Many kids are frightened of the prophy angle and most are calmed down by touching the rubber end and tickling their finger with it as it spins. Once the fear is gone, they often open their mouths wide and look forward to prizes at the end of their visits.
  • Assist the dentist in daily dental procedures such as fillings, extractions, numbing injections, or tooth sealants. This will also require calming terminology such as "sleepy water" for the injections or "tooth bugs" when talking about cavities. Laughing gas can become a very necessary item to use on many children who need dental work done. The dentist will require you to be fast when handing him instruments or mixing cements or amalgam fillings.
  • Chart each procedure, condition, treatment, or clinical note in each child's file for accurate processing and use. Many offices use computer dental charting software instead of the written paperwork that has been so common. An Assistant must have knowledge of the dental system including how to navigate each page, chart correctly in the files, write clinical notes, schedule appointments, and discuss treatment listed to a parent or guardian.
At Practical Dental Assisting of Utah, our school teaches each student the necessary skills and tools needed in each and every profession. Internships at Pediatric and other specialty offices are highly encouraged. We offer 10 week courses with classes on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate busy Moms or Full-time workers. Check out our website or call us today for a free tour!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dental Assisting School

Dental Assisting is a very rewarding career and many find it an excellent job to meet with busy schedules. The average full-time dental assistant yearly income in Salt Lake City, Utah is $36,000.00. Dental Assistants are trained to give oral health instructions and educate patients on correct oral hygiene. Dental Assistants are expected to assist the dentist, while multitasking the sterilization and correct procedure set-ups throughout the day.
One of the things we learned in class today is Dental Radiology. Our students will receive their radiology tests next week and must be prepared! Our Students worked in our dental office and took several dental x-rays on their fellow students. Correct instruction is key to understanding horizontal and vertical angulation of the x-ray beam. Many of our students were able to achieve PERFECT Bite-wing and Periapical x-rays!! Congratulations ladies!

We are proud to teach and train all of our Dental Assisting Students on every skill and requirement they will meet in the dental field. Our Dental Assisting School in Utah County offers a wonderful class environment and hands-on training in our functioning dental office. Check out our website for more information or call today to schedule a tour! 801-369-1563

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dental Assisting Skills

Dental Assistants have many responsibilities in the Dental Office.  These responsibilities range from helping the Dentist, treating the patient, completing paperwork, and taking payment. One of the most important skills an Assistant must have is the ability to communicate effectively with the patient about their oral health, nutrition, and home-care education.

The oral health of a person can affect their over-all health in many ways. Poor oral health of a pregnant woman and/or the existence of gum disease can contribute to premature birth. Gum disease has also been proven to increase heart problems due to the fact that gum disease allows bacteria to enter the blood stream.

As an Assistant, it is important to educate the patient on daily brushing and flossing. This may include teaching them the correct brushing techniques and effective ways to floss between teeth. If the patient is a child, it is important to educate the parent how to correctly brush their child's teeth so that the parent can then teach the child as they grow older.

Many people are not fully aware of how the foods they put in their mouths affect their teeth and gums.  The acidity of soda, energy drinks, and juices are commonly looked over.  It is important to feed yourself and your family the correct nutrition to avoid poor oral health.  For example, candy, soda, and juice can introduce sugars into the mouth and saliva, which can deteriorate enamel long after the liquid has been swallowed. Children should avoid drinking sugar-containing drinks before bed and should have vegetables and fruits in their diets along with a moderate amount of bread and cheeses. Adults should brush their teeth after eating and should drink a glass of water after soda or an energy drink to help rinse their mouths.

At Practical Dental Assisting of Utah, we train and educate each of our students in each of these skills and provide them the information to complete their jobs well. Our Dental Assisting School in Utah is one of the best for small class sizes and hands-on training in a functioning dental office. For more information, check out our website and call us today to schedule a tour! 801-369-1563

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dental Assisting School in Utah County

Some of our Dental Assisting Students and their Instructor
Dental Assistants have many job opportunities in the dental field. Dental Assisting is expected to be one of the highest growing occupations in the next 2 years. This is most likely due to a higher cultural and social emphasis on health. Many people understand that oral health has been shown to affect the health of their vital organs and their functions. We are excited to be training Dental Assistants and look forward to the future of a healthier country.

What does it take to be a Dental Assistant?

As a Dental Assistant, you will be expected to provide a variety of services. For example, a Dental Assistant will work very closely with the Dentist and must learn to assist him in each service or procedure done on a patient. The Assistant is expected to know how to sterilize the intruments and patient rooms, as well as set-up treatment areas and proper instruments for the procedures.

A Dental Assistant is expected to be an outgoing person with a comforting personality. It is the Assistants responsiblity to calm nervous patients, explain procedures, and create discussions that will distract the patients from their dental work.

In addition to all these tasks, a Dental Assistant may be required to perform lab work such as take molds of teeth and create stone models for various procedures. A Dental Assistant is also expected to know how to answer the phone, schedule appointments, and take payments from patients.

Our Dental Assisting School in Utah County has created a program that will teach each student the skills and training needed for any Dental Assisting job they  may encounter. We have excellent staff and instructors willing to take the time needed for individualized attention and are trained in many dental specialties. For more information, feel free to check out our website or call today to make an appointment for a tour and orientation. We are excited for you to join us in this amazing profession!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Why Choose Dental Assisting?

Career Options
Dental Assisting is a fun and exciting job with many career options to choose from. There are many different dental specialties to work within and various tasks to be done! Dental assisting can range from cleaning patients teeth, assisting the dentist, taking x-rays, working at the front desk, sterilizing, working with dental insurance, and much more! Dental specialties offer a variety of job options such as Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, or Endodontics. The choices are amazing! Assistants can choose whether they would like to work on kids, teenagers, or adults.

Flexible Work Schedules
Many dental offices are open 3 to 5 days per week. We have found that busy Moms are able to work part-time or full-time and many offices have hours that allow for parents to be home when their kids are. For those interested in a great job with flexible hours, Dental Assisting is for you!

Competitive Pay
Dental Assistants are a MUST in dental offices. There is always a need for an assistant and an extra pair of hands. Dentistry is also a necessary part of society for the interest of our over-all health. Job security is a large part of what makes dentistry such an appealing career choice; there will always be a need for Dental Assistants! Dentists usually enjoy training assistants to their own unique techniques and chosen office environment. The pay is above average in the workforce and for those willing to work, pay raises and bonuses are a definite plus!

Good Workplace Environment
The dental office is a professional environment that exists to offer dental services to patients. Assistants are expected to be happy, comforting people who help the patients relax and prepare for their dental work. Offices are typically fast-paced and goal-oriented which is great for those who despise boredom! Because dental work can be unpleasant for many patients, the staff are expected to be friendly, gentle, and professional. Dental offices are also very clean and orderly, requiring organized staff and proper training.

We offer many training courses in Dental Assisting, including fall classes in dental specialties and office management. For more information, visit our website or call our Dental Assisting Utah County office today to schedule a tour!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dental Assisting School in Utah

The dental assistant occupation in Utah may offer a variety of dental specialty options to choose from. Our Dental Assisting Program in Utah County offers a course in specific Dental Specialties ranging from Office Management, Endodontics, Oral Surgery. Periodontics, or Pediatric Dentistry. We encourage all of our students to intern at each dental specialty in order to make an educated career choice.

In addition to our unique lessons, our Dental Assisting School in Utah is located in the same business office as a functioning dental office. This allows our students to complete morning lectures and then practice their skills in a dental office for several hours in the afternoon. We have found that this combination of lessons and hands-on work produces the best learning experience possible. The dental assistant students are allowed to intern at the dental office in our building and work directly with the Dentist throughout the course.

Dentistry offers so many career options! Our Dental Assisting School in Utah County offers the best hands-on learning experience with updated technology so that our students are ready and prepared for the workforce the second they graduate. Call us today at 801-369-1563 for a tour of our school or check out our website for more information! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Ideal Dental Assistant

The ideal dental assistant
by Priya D. Kothari, DMD
originally published in Dental Economics, November 2004
Reprinted by permission

The dental assistant plays a critical role as a link between the patient and the dentist before, during, and after treatment. The person in this position is a principal in the successful delivery of treatment. What makes an ideal dental assistant? How are strengths and weaknesses assessed? How do you identify gaps in his or her performance? Finally, what actions can be taken to close those gaps?

Anticipation is a key factor for a dental assistant. The ability of the dental assistant to anticipate the needs of the dentist in any procedure—and to act promptly on them—will determine whether an office will be able to increase its speed in treating patients without compromising the quality of care. After all, efficiency is very important in the practice of dentistry. Since dentistry is obviously a customer-oriented business, it behooves all practice members to work as a team. This will result in patients receiving high quality services with an efficiency that allows an increase in overall productivity. The quality of service the dental assistant provides—no matter what the patient load per day—makes the difference between a mediocre practice and an outstanding one.

Since dental assistants' various responsibilities are paramount in the success of the office, it is vital to have employees who consider themselves to be career professionals. They must be willing to increase their knowledge through continuing education, challenging opportunities, and involvement in professional dental assisting organizations. Although responsibilities will differ from practice to practice—and even within the practice—the functions of a dental assistant can be grouped into five sections. These sections are based on the flow of activities in the typical dental office.

1) Prior to patient arrival
2) When the patient arrives
3) When the doctor arrives and treatment begins
4) When the patient is ready to leave
5) Always—a part of professionalism, ethics, and teamwork

A checklist has been designed and is presented below that will help you assess the skills needed to for the average dental assistant to transform himself or herself into an outstanding contributor in any practice. This checklist can be adapted and modified to suit the policies and practices of any office.

Mark "yes" (Y) in the box to the left of each statement under each of the five categories if they are followed diligently and performed regularly by the assistant. Mark "no" (N) if they are not. Check the "yes" score after completing the checklist and recommend actions for improvement at the end.

1. Prior to patient arrival

• Patient's chart is readily available and in treatment room with X-rays mounted for review.

• Treatment room should be set up for procedure to be performed with appropriate armamentarium. (Check what treatment is planned for each visit by reviewing the patient's chart ahead of time.)
Standard requirement: Personal protective equipment (PPE), high volume evacuator (HVE), air/water syringe, basic instruments, high/slow-speed handpieces, and burs.
Procedures: Amalgam/composite restorations, fixed and removable prosthetics, root canal therapy, extractions, child prophies, scaling and root-planing, and impressions.

• Ensure that personal appearance and treatment room appearance are presentable and clean! Follow OSHA guidelines. Keep in mind that a health service is being provided, and in order for the informed consumer to "buy" the service, it is imperative to have cleanliness, neatness, and office organization, and for the patient to perceive this.

2. When the patient arrives

• Inform patient and front desk if doctor is running behind schedule. Invite patient into the operatory and make him or her comfortable. Confirm that patient chart/X-rays correspond to the patient in the chair. Verify the date of the patient's last visit, and note any changes in insurance status.
• Update patient's medical history, take blood pressure if needed, and review whether any premedication is required.
• If this is a new patient, take appropriate radiographs (e.g., FMX, Panorex, four BWs, two PAs), as allowed by state law.
• If this is an emergency, ask patient for location of discomfort. Then, take necessary X-rays as allowed by state law.
• If the procedure requires simple alginate impressions, have them ready before the doctor arrives.

3. When the doctor arrives

• Use discretion! Discuss in private if there is anything you wish to bring to the doctor's attention regarding the patient or treatment, prior to beginning treatment.
• Use nonverbal communication with doctor in presence of patient (e.g., use eye or hand communication, jot down notes to each other).
• Anticipate next move in each procedure, and try to prepare for it.
• Pay attention to priority tasks — check with doctor (e.g., ask when to pour impressions).
• Keep doctor informed to ensure that work in the operatory runs smoothly and efficiently.
• Clean up and set up treatment rooms as required to maximize usage and accommodate patients.

4. When the patient is ready to leave

• Help patient to look presentable—wipe face, offer a rinse, hand him or her a mirror.
• Ensure that patient has after-hours office number and post-operative instructions if there are questions or concerns regarding treatment.
• Mark down codes for services provided on the "router" and verify with doctor.
• Check what work is planned for the next visit and make note of it in chart and on the router.
• Verify doctor has documented treatment in patient chart.
• Break down room per standard procedure. (Follow OSHA Infection Control Guidelines.)

5. Always — Professionalism, ethics, and teamwork

• Out of courtesy and ethics, respect patient confidentiality. Disrespecting it is a violation of a patient's privacy rights under HIPAA. Do not leave patient chart open on counter, easily available for other patients to read. Avoid gossiping with other personnel regarding the patient's health.

• Respect provider confidentiality. Do not criticize another service provider in the presence of a patient, even if the patient is a friend, colleague or a fellow employee.

• Obtain doctor's permission before changing his or her schedule or phoning patients directly regarding medical or treatment issues.

• Show up on time during scheduled office hours. Contact office immediately in case of delays. Cultivate network and teamwork to provide backup support.

• Discuss concerns openly with your doctor. Recognize where you need help ... and ask for it!

When you have completed the checklist, check the total points by counting the "Yes" responses and refer to the chart above to determine what steps should be taken to improve an assistant's performance. If the score is a perfect 25, then the office has an ideal dental assistant who can probably perform his or her duties blindfolded!

Above all, take initiative, anticipate, and follow up. Keep your doctor informed. Be frank about what you can and cannot do. Spring no surprises. Ask if you have questions or need clarification. Follow professional ethics. You are now on your way to becoming an outstanding dental assistant. Remember, this is a team effort and you are a major player in providing superior quality service. The doctor cannot do it without you!

This article would not be complete without a word to the dentist. The dentist as the head of the dental team must take an active role in cultivating the ideal dental assistant. Without the involvement and encouragement of the dentist, the practice will never have an ideal dental assistant. Continuing education and membership in the American Dental Assistants Association should always be part of an assistant's benefit package. Remember to treat your dental assistants as you would want to be treated.

Note: Dr. Priya Kothari graduated from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine in 1997 and then completed an AEGD residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, she has been practicing general dentistry and has developed a keen interest in improving office productivity and efficiency. She currently practices in King of Prussia, Penn. She can be reached by e-mail at

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Welcome to the world, dear blog!

We are excited to introduce our new blog! There is just so much going on here recently at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah that we felt selfish keeping it from the world. =) For those of you who are just learning about us, we are a dental assisting school here in Lindon, Utah. Our program allows you to become a dental assistant in just 10 weeks! This is something that sets us apart from other schools. Most dental assisting programs take 8-10 MONTHS to complete! We think those programs are great, and of course you learn a lot in that amount of time, but it is the same exact information that you will learn on the job. Why pay for that information when you could get paid for it? Most dentists like to train their dental assistants on things specific to their office, but they need you to know basic and important things before you join them. Those are the things that we teach, and because we want our graduates to be comfortable and confident in what they are doing, we do everything right here in a dental office. We have a lot of FUN here, and we are happy to now have a place to show what is happening, and for prospective students to get a little closer look our school. More to come!