A dental sterilization assistant career will prove to be challenging and rewarding. As a sterilization assistant, you will be responsible for the proper cleaning of the various tools of the dental trade. Failure to properly sterilize the dental instruments could result in a patient developing a serious infection.
As a dental sterilization assistant, you will work in a dental office, under the direction of a dentist. The dentist will assign duties to you, relating to the cleanliness of the tools he or she uses to treat patients within the office. You will be relied upon to ensure each instrument is properly sterilized after each use. The environment will be full of microorganisms, such as fungi and bacteria. You will be responsible for keeping the area free of these hazards.
Typically, two to three semesters of training will be necessary to obtain a certification as a sterilization assistant. This will prove to be a financially rewarding career, with abundant job openings. You may pursue public or private practice, and you may work for a single care provider or assist many different providers. The daily collection, cataloging, and cleaning of the surgical tools will be your primary concerns. Preparing the dental tools for use, inspecting the instruments for wear, and ordering and replacing damaged tools will be the assistant’s additional responsibilities. Most often, the position will require standard 9-5 hours. However, some dental offices have extended hours and will require the assistant to work outside of the normal workday hours.
Sterilization Assistant, Dental Tasks
Clean and disinfect operating rooms.
Oversee infection control to meet OSHA and CDC standards.
Sterilize and disinfect dental instruments.