A certified/registered dental assistant (CDA/RDA) performs a wide variety of duties in a dental office. They help the dentist while they provide care to patients, as well as perform preparatory services such as preparing trays and mixing any needed materials. In addition, CDAS/RDAS are in charge of cleaning the area and disposing of used items after patient care is completed. Other tasks performed by the CDA/RDA include helping keep their office clean and hygienic, tracking the availability of supplies, and reordering supplies when they are running low. When X-rays are necessary, the CDA/RDA takes and processes them. CDAs/RDAs are also expected to obtain patient history records and update these records as needed, as well as help maintain machines and perform troubleshooting when problems with machines occur. In smaller practices, the CDA/RDA is often in charge of arranging patient appointments and performing billing as well.
A current dental assistant license from the state in which the CDA/RNA wishes to practice is needed for this position, as is CPR certification. Relevant experience and education (such as an associate's degree in the field) are often necessary as well. Strong patient service skills are required to help patients feel comfortable and cause them return to the practice for future appointments. Both part-time and full-time CDA/RDA positions are available. Most of these professionals work during regular business hours, although alternative hours may be available depending on their employer's needs.
Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) Tasks
Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
Sterilize instruments and equipment.
Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.