Certified dental assistants (CDAs) are an essential member of the dental health care team. They assist the dentist, provide patient education and comfort, patient care procedures, and office administration services.
Certified dental assistants are employed in general dental offices, specialty practices such as children's specialist, orthodontics, or oral surgery. CDAs also practice in hospital dental clinics, the BC Cancer Agency, community health clinics, and residential care facilities for seniors and the disabled. Employment opportunities also exist in CDA education, research, sales and marketing of dental products, and dental insurance company administration.
However, not every dental assistant is certified. Only those that have completed approved training and are registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC can call themselves Certified Dental Assistants. Be sure to ask your dentist whether the dental assistants in his or her office are certified. If they are not, they may not have any training at all. You have a right to know whether the personnel providing your dental care and treatment have adequate training.
For further information and description regarding dental assisting, see the provincial government website, Workfutures.