Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Some people confuse dental assistants with dental hygienists. While hygienists clean teeth and remove plaque and tartar, dental assistants don’t handle these responsibilities. However, that doesn’t mean that dental assistants aren’t just as important for office operations.

Dental assistants who take x-rays must hold a certificate to do so from the Ohio State Dental Board. We get this for you at Assist To Succeed.  It is included in your tuition.  

Individuals may also become Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs) by meeting certain criteria and passing an exam. CDAs may polish teeth and place sealants in addition to providing all of the services that a dental assistant can.  If our students would like to go on to take the CDA board exam, we pay for this too!  We want to support you in your endeavor! 

The course runs for 10 weeks and is offered 4 times a year at our locations.  All of the training is online and clinical hands-on is on Saturdays.  Check out our scheduled dates here.

We are known as the school to make the program affordable for all students.  The price of the school depends on which program you can qualify for.  Check our our pricing programs and compare our costs to other schools here.

What Does a Dental Assistant Do?

  • Assist Dentists in all treatment procedures 
  • Prepare work area for treatments and procedures
  • Ensure that patients are comfortable in the dental chair
  • Sterilize dental instruments and disinfects patient treatment rooms
  • Handle dental instruments for dentists during procedures and have everything ready for the dental procedure
  • Dry patients’ mouths using suction and other equipment
  • Instruct patients in proper post-op instructions
  • Take and potentially develop radiographs and complete lab tasks
  • Help maintain accurate dental records of dental treatments and patients’ conditions
  • Take dental impressions, make temporary dental crowns, assemble dental syringes, and take intraoral photos
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Work with patients on billing and payment

Dental Assistant Work Environments

Most all dental assistants work in a dental office and under the supervision of a licensed dentist. In Ohio, you will always work under the supervision of a DDS.  Dental assistants can also work closely with dental hygienists and the front office team in the dental office. 

Basic dental assistants can also go on to also do the following:

  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene Assistant 
  • EFDA (Expanded Function Dental Assistant) 
  • Treatment Plan Coordinator
  • Front Office Team Member
  • Office Manager
  • Dental Supply Representative
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist

Do Dental Assistants Need Special Permits To Take X-Rays?

Dental assistants who take x-rays must hold a certificate to do so from the Ohio State Dental Board. We get this for you at Assist To Succeed.  It is included in your tuition.  


Individuals may also become Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs) by meeting certain criteria and passing an exam. CDAs may polish teeth and place sealants in addition to providing all of the services that a dental assistant can.  If our students would like to go on to take the CDA board exam, we pay for this too!  We want to support you in your endeavor! 

How to Become a Dental Assistant?

It is as easy as signing up today!  In Ohio, dental assisting education can range from 3 months to 24 months.  It depends on the individual and what fits his/her needs, schedules, and finances. Assist to Succeed is board approved in the state of Ohio.  10 weeks may sound too good to be true, but it’s not!  We are an accelerated dental assisting school that meets on Saturdays only, so that you don’t have to quit your day job.  Continue working during the week while going through and completing school. 

 

Our school operates out of a real-world dental office so that you are hands on with the real-world dental equipment and materials.  Our students get more hands-on time that any other dental assisting school that is comparable to ours.  Come see why we are rated Ohio’s #1 Premier Dental Assisting School. We are also known for making the course affordable for everyone! 

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