A dental assistant’s job description will vary by their employer and the state they work in. But simply, dental assistants prepare the patient for the dentist and dental hygienist.

Dental assistant responsibilities include:

  • Assist during dental procedures
  • Prepare patient for treatment
  • Note patient medical history
  • Equipment sterilization
  • Patient reassurance
  • Aftercare plan discussion
  • Take impressions of patient mouth

Dental assistants also take on office tasks in support of the medical office specialist. Dental assistants are an important part of the dentist’s practice because they help make the office run optimally. In some states, dental assistants may perform procedures like fluoride application, tooth sealants, and topical anesthesia.