The clinical dental assistant is directly involved in patient care. The role of the clinical dental assistant is usually defined as chairside or circulating assistant.
The chairside assistant works primarily with the dentist who uses four-handed dentistry techniques. The term four-handed dentistry describes the seated dentist and chairside assistant working as an efficient team. The chairside assistant mixes dental materials, exchanges instruments, and provides oral evacuation during dental procedures. An equally important role of the chairside dental assistant is to make the patient comfortable and relaxed.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A DENTAL ASSISTANT:
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The US Department of Labor reports that in 2009, the annual wage for Oregon Dental Assistants is $37, 430.
*Adapted from Modern Dental Assisting 9th Edition