Exploring the Dental Workforce

Curious about a career in the dental field? You don't have to be a dentist to work in a dental office, in fact, dentists rely on having a stellar team around them to ensure every patient receives the best care possible!

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Photo

Dental assistants provide hands-on help for the dental practitioner. The dental assistant performs preparatory work such as sterilizing equipment, preparing and developing X-rays, and taking impressions/molds of patients' teeth. Additionally, they guide the patients through their procedures and instruct patients on oral care. More advanced duties may include topical anesthetic, sealant applications, and fluoride applications.


Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist's work duties include performing dental cleanings, examining patients for signs of oral diseases (cancer screenings and gingivitis), and providing preventative dental care under the supervision of a dentist. They educate patients on ways to improve oral health.



Scheduling Coordinator

Scheduling Coordinator

The Scheduling Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all aspects of patient services, including maintaining patient records, coordinating the flow of the patients seen throughout the day, confirming appointments in the upcoming days, and scheduling out future appointments with patients as needed. This position can also oversee the general administrative tasks of the office.

Medical/Dental Office Administration Programs

Financial Coordinator

Dental Finance Image

The Financial Coordinator helps communicate with patients regarding their treatment plan and identifies the best ways to finance the recommended treatment(s). This can involve researching insurance benefits (depending on the patient’s carrier) and preparing estimates prior to discussions, collecting payments at the time of service, and billing the insurance carrier, and making appropriate payment plan arrangements with the patients, as agreed upon in these conversations. This position also may have to follow-up on delinquent accounts and run fiscal reports upon request to ensure the finances of the office are running smoothly.

Medical/Dental Coding and Billing Programs


Sterilization Technician

Dental-Sterilization 

The Sterilization Technician processes dental instruments and patient care items through the sterilization process, turns over operatories and helps set-up treatment rooms for the next patient procedure, as well as assisting with ordering clinical supplies for your dental practice.

Sterile Processing Programs



Dental Office Shadowing Opportunities

Want to have some hands-on experience with a position you are interested in? Reach out to any of the dental offices listed below to set up a day for you to shadow their team.

Practice Address Contact Information Website 
 Wallingford Family Dentistry - Dr. Ryan Lemke 1628 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA 98103   (206) 632-5850  

www.wallingfordfamilydentistry.com

Woodinville Pediatric Dentistry - Dr. Rama Oskouian  17000 140th Ave NE, Suite #302, Woodinville, WA 98072  (425) 402-8393 www.woodinvillepd.com
Rainier Endodontics - Dr. Jake Weissman   1101 Madison St., Suite 1290, Seattle, WA 98104  (206) 939-5600 rootdoc.com
 Redmond Dental Smiles - Dr. Malina Lam-Gershony  16710 NE 79th St., Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052  (425) 867-1484  www.redmonddentalsmiles.com
 Expedition Pediatric Dentistry - Dr. Megan Miller  1800 112th Ave NE, Suite 302E, Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 818-2722   expeditionpediatricdentistry.com
 White Center Smiles - Dr. Tofunmi Osundeko  10254 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146 (206) 762-2573   whitecentersmiles.com

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