Florida Registry of Dental Assistants

Job Description

Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties, often working aside the Dentist as he examines and treats patients. Part of their responsibility is creating a degree of patient comfort as they prep for treatment and increasing overall efficiency in the office.

  • Their work area usually is near the dental chair so that they can arrange instruments, materials, and medication and hand them to the dentist when needed.
  • Helps with office duties schedule and confirm appointments, receive patients, keep treatment records, send bills, receive payments, and order dental supplies and materials.
  • About half of dental assistants have a 35- to 40-hour workweek, which may include work on Saturdays or evenings.
  • Dental assistants should not be confused with dental hygienists, who are licensed to perform different clinical tasks.

Career Advantages

  • Develop rapport with clients who have steady and consistent visits twice a year
  • Regularly scheduled Office hours
  • Several Career Paths


  • Solo and group practices
  • Public health dentistry
  • Specialty practices
  • Dental product sales