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Kathy in Orlando, Florida

59 months ago

I remember, when I cleaned suctioning after surgery, even if I wore goggles, liquid got in my eye...splashing from a slippery container.I rinsed my eye, using special system (each office has to have it), however my eye was red a few days. A manager sent me to a doctor, my eye was OK so far. However I remember another case. We had a young doctor in the office. When she did a "shot" to a patient, she then threw a carpule on the tray. The carpule broke, and the rest of Anastasia along with the Pts blood got to my eye...How do u like that? She even didn't apologized and continued to work, like nothing happened. IT WAS SOOOOO RUDE !!! I complained to a manager, fill out a form. She talked to that "weird dentist". Then she apologized. And she "disappeared" from our office in a couple of months, since she had other issues in her job as well.

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daisy in Jamestown, New York

57 months ago

To be in this career, you better have rhino skin. Yes, there are some jerk Dr.s out there and yes they can be very insensitive. But there are jerks everywhere in any field you go into. If you can remember not to take it personally and chalk it up to a bad day then you will do just fine. I wish the doctors would show a lot more respect for their assistants across the board... maybe someday.

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Jen

57 months ago

I have heard a lot of people say Dentist are jerks and it is beginning to scare me :( Are they any worse then most Doctors....my Mom is a RN and my sister is a LPN and they some are bad but for the most part they are nice.

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Kathy in Cocoa, Florida

57 months ago

Yes, unfortunately. They even yell on assistants...and often for no any reasons, because they are just in bad moods. If your dentist yells on you and humiliates u in front of patients...yes it's already personal...and no any rhino skin helps. It's easy to say, but different to be in this situation. Some dentists do it even if they're in good mood. They just bully you, because they enjoy it...their power over people. They enjoy to keep u under pressure and see your suffering. They're just sick people. If u wish to tolerate it long time, u will definitely get into the mental clinic later. Psychologists already proved it...

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Margaret in Puyallup, Washington

57 months ago

So, I have been a dental assistant for many years and have worked with all kinds of people. As a dental assistant you can work with a dentist who is a jerk and is mean, but at the same time you have to stand up for yourself. I did that with a couple of dentists (they worked at the same clinic) and they actually realized that they were being jerky and it got a lot better. What I've noticed is that although being a dental assistant is demanding both physically and mentally, most dentists don't realize they are being cranky. At the office that I work at right now, if the dentist is cranky someone goes out and buys chocolate and then he realizes that he's being a jerk and fixes the problem. This way no one has to say anything and the issue is resolved. I love being a dental assistant, but I know it's not for everyone. I got into it because I was a single mom who needed to provide for my family and now I couldn't be happier. You just have to find the right fit.

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Christian Hahn in Louisville, Kentucky

57 months ago

davidmg in Baldwinsville, New York said: My fiance is considering becoming a dental assistant in Syracuse NY. Her father has several dentists as clients in his business, He's telling her that his friends say dental assisting is a dead end job with bad pay no benefits no future and no respect. That is contrary to what i have found but shes questioning her plans. I need some input from young people in the field. Any information or experiences would be appreciated. Thankyou

Dental Assisting is one of the professions where you never get bored. Rather than do the same thing over and over, you have many options for growth such as marketing, front office management, or treatment coordinating. Each very different in its own way. The key is not only to pick the profession, but the right office. Just like any job, it can be a dead end job if you make it that way. Learn how to become a successful dental assistant and you will love your job. I write a blog for assistants that helps them learn about the profession and become successful. Check it out at www.highestpaiddentalassistant.com and make your decision after reading about it first! Good luck.

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anonymous in Fairfax, Virginia

57 months ago

Don't become a dental assistant. Go back to school. If you like health care and are a caring, compassionate person get your associates or bsn in nursing. We need to teach dental offices a lesson by demanding more respect.

I invested 2400 in my hard earned money, to be hired as a "sterilization assistant" when the truth is I take xrays, pour up models, trim models, take out the trash, clean, do chair side , you name it I've done it. I still get paid $9 dollars an hour after one year. I tried getting hired by another office but they make excuses like "you need 2 years of experience" "you need to know how to make temp crowns" and any excuse they can come up with. Most dentists don't care about their assistants. They don't value them. They don't give pay raises or train. Most offices emphasize that they don't want to train. If you aren't skinny and beautiful, you are treated like crap. If you are overweight, some offices will find other excuses not to hire you.

I'm apalled that with all the time, money sweat I have invested in the dental field, I have gotten nothing but depression, stress and heart ache. Sorry to be negative but these are the bad sides of the dental field. I'm also appalled at the lack of respect for dental assistants. Just don't do it. Don't settle for less hoping that things will get better because then another day, month and year you will loose to being unhappy.

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anonymous in Fairfax, Virginia

57 months ago

I agree that making blanket negative statements are counter productive. But I'm surpised that dentists that I have met don't have compassion or respect for their supporting staff. They and their management don't have a care or a clue as to what a dental assistant has to go through financially, personally or career wise. When I was in dental assisting school I was told that assistants made a good living. Yes it is not about the money but do you think it is fair that a dentist makes six figure salary while an assistant makes barely above the poverty line? How is that valuing your employee. I do all the work and my co-workers were asking why my hours were being cut. I waned to advance but the owner (a dentist) and the office manager did whatever they could to keep me in my place. I take out the trash, do some chair side, take x-rays, sterilize and whatever they throw at me and after 1 year at that office have my hours cut and my pay at $9. Do you think that is fair? I don't think it's fair that assistants and hygienists are being over worked while the owner sits and is a millionaire. He doesn't care about his staff. He's not preserving them. Don't you think that is the job of an employer to support and encourage the staff? Yes by law he isn't required to and in American society this behaivior is condoned. And that is why we shouldn't waste our lives putting up with it!

I respect and admire dentists but I don't see the reciprocation. There is something to respect and admire in supporting staff as well.

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Kathy in Cocoa, Florida

57 months ago

Yes, everything is true.I've heard that Nurses are treated bad too. And Doctors who begin their careers are treated bad by more experienced Doctors. I think that something wrong with that, and people have to stop to do it, because it's not the right way to do businesses and communicate with others. Those who "win" thinks that they win...but they don't...they lose too. They don't realize how beneficial would be everything if they would change their attitudes.

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Smileysuzie in redwing, Minnesota

57 months ago

Kathy in Cocoa, Florida said: Yes, everything is true.I've heard that Nurses are treated bad too. And Doctors who begin their careers are treated bad by more experienced Doctors. I think that something wrong with that, and people have to stop to do it, because it's not the right way to do businesses and communicate with others. Those who "win" thinks that they win...but they don't...they lose too. They don't realize how beneficial would be everything if they would change their attitudes.

I had one of "those days" :-( I love this field! But the doctor makes me discouraged and sucks out every ounce of enthusiasm that I have. Will I ever be happy doing dentistry? How long can I go on like this? The depressing part is that it's all personal here.I cant handle him anymore.

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annie in Carrollton, Texas

57 months ago

Dental assisting is not a good career. Most dentist are really cocky and think they know-it-all. I respect that they are doctors but that gives them no reason to think less of anyone else or treat their like crap. I have not met one good dentist except the dentist that I did my externship for. Yeah, I know there are good DDS our there, but how often does a position open in one of those offices? RARELY! When you fresh get of Dental assisting schools, its hard to find a job because 90% of most offices wants you to have 2 or more of experience. I only wanted to become a dental assistant because I wanted to become a hygienist,but after looking more into it and hearing other experiences, i changed my mind. Most of the time you wont get any type of benefits. Most doctors don't care but making money for themselves. Its their practice, and they're the boss. One thing that sucks is that when they're come an issue sometimes it sucks because the state can't do much because most offices are "private". These are things to consider, I am not saying DA is the worse out there or you should just say no but to really consider as I didn't do my research before.

Most people that I had gone to DA school doesn't even work at offices. I am seeking employment elsewhere then in the dental field. Even though you can see that people make good money. But money doesn't bring happiness all the time. I rather be content in what I am doing and Dental assisting is not it.

Dont believe what schools tell you. Most of them all they care about is Money and in having a job. Thats their job to tell you all these great things. Remember that!!

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Xo

56 months ago

JennBlankenship@comcast.net in Nashville, Tennessee said:

I went to Kaplan and did 215 hours free for my extern at a great office! The staff there is very patient and helpful as well as understanding!! My dr. is great as well. He is not only a awsome dentist but a phenomenal teacher. During my extern hours he offered to pay for my gas since he couldn't pay me a salary. He offered me a position half way through my extern and I am now a full time assistant with a good pay and a fantastic dental office and team. My Dr. is also very encouraging. He is pushing me to peruse to hygiene school and helping me through out that process. I would recommend Kaplan College to any person out there interested in becoming a dental assistant. I personally love my job. There is never a day I dred going to work. So aside from all these negative comments bringing the dental assisting profession down I believe there is some positive stories and private practices out there with great oppourtunities for people interested in becoming an assistant. But they are hard to find at times. However Kaplan gave me a good education and a awesome job. I recommend Kaplan College to anyone interested. Sacramento, CA campus.

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Xo

56 months ago

Mark Mann in Sugar Land, Texas said: It's not, these are just people who are venting their inadequacies and frustrations! If you make an effort to be a good employee, you will love your job and if you don't, keep looking for the right fit as a dental assistant and you will find it.

Very true!! It's a great profession!! You make what you want of it!! If you are negative about it, you will get negative outcomes. But I love assisting and not one thing I regret about my career!:)

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anna in Florence, Kentucky

56 months ago

i love dental assiting, i went from a server and bartender to dental assisting. I love it, the patients the atmosphere. I cant believe that so many peolpe have had bad luck with finding a office that they like. Dentists are just people with personality and attitudes. If you interview with a Doc or office manager that is rude or mean, why would you accept the job! Interview until you find a place where you can feel comfortable and happy.
Dental assisting is not a dead end job, there are always classes you can take to increase your employablity and raise your pay wage. All these comments about Dental Assisting are crazya nd Im surprised! There are good Doc and bad ones. You just have to find the right one. If this is your passion dont give up because of one bad experiance. I am a Expanded Duites Dental Assistant going to start my bachlors in microbiogoly in hope to go to UK for dentistry.I cant wait!!!

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Smileysuzie in redwing, Minnesota

56 months ago

anna in Florence, Kentucky said: i love dental assiting, i went from a server and bartender to dental assisting. I love it, the patients the atmosphere. I cant believe that so many peolpe have had bad luck with finding a office that they like. Dentists are just people with personality and attitudes. If you interview with a Doc or office manager that is rude or mean, why would you accept the job! Interview until you find a place where you can feel comfortable and happy.
Dental assisting is not a dead end job, there are always classes you can take to increase your employablity and raise your pay wage. All these comments about Dental Assisting are crazya nd Im surprised! There are good Doc and bad ones. You just have to find the right one. If this is your passion dont give up because of one bad experiance. I am a Expanded Duites Dental Assistant going to start my bachlors in microbiogoly in hope to go to UK for dentistry.I cant wait!!!

You're new. You haven't been burned yet.........a circumstance that unfortunately time will remedy.

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anna in Florence, Kentucky

56 months ago

im 6 yrs in, i have been blessed with good docs. sorry you havent

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Shari in La Place, Louisiana

56 months ago

I am a EDDA cert. Assistant in Lousisana. This May will make year 10 I have been in Dentistry. I have been in every speciality and now am a COA in Orthodontics for the past 5 years! And make 50,000 a year. I LOVE it with a passion! I am excitied EVERY single day to go to work and make beautiful smiles! My patients who are elated to get thier braces off is so rewarding and fulfilling! Almost every Dentist I have work for has been awesome! Not only were they respectble,but also paid very well and gave plenty of fringe benefits! I would def. recommend it to someone interested, but would also suggest if they're not "intimidated" by the years involved in Hygiene to presue that instead ONLY b/c of the enormous pay increase! GOOD luck futue DA's

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Nikole in New Orleans, Louisiana

54 months ago

hey there Shari, i see your in DA in laplace and was wondering if i can get your email cause i would love to talk more about dental assisting with you. Oh btw i stay close to the laplace area too. thks

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Taylair

53 months ago

Hi Shari. My name is taylair and I just emailed you. I would like to talk to you about the job and if I would enjoy the job or not. I hope to hear from you soon!

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kla in New Ulm, Minnesota

51 months ago

I am going for dental assisting. having very mixed feelings about it now after reading all of this, i probably should of just stayed away from this page :) hope I end up with a dentist who isnt a jerk - off!

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Xo in Union City, California

50 months ago

I'm a dental assistant and I enjoy what I do. Yes sometimes Dentist's are jerks but they are just like boss' in any other job. Sometimes things are not done the perfect way or to their expectations and of course they are going to be mean jerks!! But that's the way it is at any job. Over all I like my job and enjoy the diversity in the field. I would recommend it to people. But I still would agree to keep going to school, such as hygiene. The pay for DA's is not the best. And no benefits. I am pregnant and still no benefits!

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Alexis in Ocala, FL

50 months ago

jamie in York, Pennsylvania said: I am a CDA and a EFDA. I have been inthe field for over ten years. I have a lot of experience working with different offices and for different doctors.I also teach at one of those 12 month programs. My students get hired at a better rate and have a better grasp on the anatomy and terms that someone who jsut went for three months somehwere.I also work partime in a office and do all the hiring and the Dr will not let me hire someone with out dental experience. You will read all about the negative blogs on here and get discouraged. I have work hard all of my career and am very sucessful and have the respect from all the doctors that I have worked with. If you work hard and have a good attitude you will be sucessful and not misreable in your job. You may find one or two Drs that are jerks to have as a boss but the good ones are out there. my advice is to shadow as many offices that you can so you can see the varitey that is out there.

Hi Jamie in York, Penn. - Do you find the pay and/or benefits better teaching at a school for DA or in an office? I'm looking into becoming an EFDA and starting an accredited 12 month program. It sounds nice to be teaching at DA schools as well, I might look into that too, can you tell me more about it? Difficult getting in, etc.?

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Alexis in Ocala, FL

50 months ago

Xo in Union City, California said: I'm a dental assistant and I enjoy what I do. Yes sometimes Dentist's are jerks but they are just like boss' in any other job. Sometimes things are not done the perfect way or to their expectations and of course they are going to be mean jerks!! But that's the way it is at any job. Over all I like my job and enjoy the diversity in the field. I would recommend it to people. But I still would agree to keep going to school, such as hygiene. The pay for DA's is not the best. And no benefits. I am pregnant and still no benefits!

Has anyone experienced a significant pay difference while working at cosmetic or orthodontic dental offices vs. pediatric or family dentists, which I hear are lower? A college friend said her sister is getting paid $20/hr as a receptionist in Orlando/Tampa area...I would think cities in CA, NY and FL would have good paying dental careers since celebrities need to stay on top of that...

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Nelly in Orlando, Florida

50 months ago

I would advise to everybody-don't work for rude dentists.It's not right.I have a lot of experience, now I found nice one.I honestly don't like Private small offices, because dentists usually are very rude there. Companies are good for assistants. Good luck!

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Lena Kozak in Chicago, Illinois

50 months ago

Now I know for sure why I feel sick.I am working as a dental assistant for almost 20 years.I am 47 years old and feel I did very big mistake to became dental assistant.Every day I hate my job more and more,but I don't have enought guts start looking for other kind job.Think when you want to became a dental assistant.Thank you.

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Tary in Bronx, New York

50 months ago

Im a dental assistant for 12 years and i love it!!!...the pay is good it depends on where you live!
In NYC a Dental Assistant can Make from 37,000 to 48,000 a year!
Dental assistant will not make that much in alot of other states
im from brooklyn and i work in midtown manhatten my gross is $1140 and my net is 850$ 40hr a week and there is tons of agencys where you can make more working temp!!...Dental assistant is a great career for a nyc resident!...Oh and also Oral Surgen Assistants they make even more!!!

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Lora in Portland, Oregon

50 months ago

I would say that dental assisting is a good job as a supplementary income or for young people. If your husband is a main money provider in the family and your paycheck doesn't play an essential role or you are taking prerequsites for a program, dental assisting is a good choice. If you are single and 35+ or have kids, I wouldn't recommend dental assisting as a career.
The job is not stable. It's hard to find an office that works 40 hours a week. Most of them are opened from 31 to 36-38 hours a week. Dentists usually go on vacation three times a year, and you are not paid during those weeks. There are no benefits at all or very minimum. If they offer good benefits, salary is much lower than without benefits. Finding a good office is extremely hard. Even if your hourly salary looks OK (21-23$), your yearly income very rarely exceeds 40K due to instability. There is no potential to grow. Dentists are not interested in your education. You can get additional certificates such as sealant or dental software and they will be happy to give you an extra work, but they still want to pay you as little as possible.
My suggestion is do not stay in dental assisting for a long time. Five years for this "career" is more than enough. Find a way to take prerequisites and go back to college to pursue something more stable and well-paid in a long run.

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Leslie in Aurora, Colorado

50 months ago

Yikes! I just graduated from an accredited school and Im taking my DAMB exam soon! I also Have an AA degree in applied science, but hearing all the negative reviews and spending my first two days as a extern at a office that I HATED Im thinking of ditching this career choice and going too school for hygiene or maybe even an xray tech since I have my prerequisites! Im 22years old and I dont want to waste years in a career that I will hate and be treated like crap!

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Rebecca L in Richmond, Virginia

50 months ago

Don't you mean DANB, truth be known Externships suck. I am finishing my program in the fall and I fully intend after a few years going back to school for Hygiene though with the trends going the way they are I am certain give it 10 years we will be seeing Dental therapists. Always check to see what is happening in your state. Virginia is going through changes right now and I forsee a universal dental feild.

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Alexis in Ocala, FL

50 months ago

Leslie in Aurora,
Don't fret! I've heard from many people that there are some offices who are crazy and treat assistants poorly (there was even an office in orlando or tampa on the news where the dentist was combative with a patient and was sent to jail) But there's good and bad with every field...my fiance has a full scholarship for & is nearing completion of his 2yr rad degree, hospital staff, nurses, and dr.s are impatient, run you ragged and call for useless exams detrimental to patients health, act high school-ish, and try to start arguments/fights, so remember, especially in healthcare, you will hear negatives. If you're doing an externship & the office is not friendly, they must be old, withered and tired of their jobs, thinking they are better than students. Since your almost finished, the benefits will outweigh the negatives one may encounter in this field - don't forget you can always try volunteering or temping around offices to get a feel for your favorites. DON'T WORRY! You'll be able to travel anywhere with a great job, I'm hoping to start school to do the same in a month or two :) Have fun!

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Monica in Sacramento, California

50 months ago

I agree, most DDS are poor communicators with a bad heart. I've had my RDA for 5 years and regret ever paying for schooling. Luckily I continued my education and now have a BS in communication. I'm now looking for a new career. During my entire dental experience, my employer discouraged higher education and assigned me to janitorial tasks. Dental assistants are smart and deserve higher treatment than what is currently being bestowed.

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ashley in Mesa, Arizona

50 months ago

The pay is actually pretty decent for the amount of training it takes. This isn't a career that requires even an associates degree, you just need to find a program that's short and will prepare you to take any licensing exams. Dental assisting is the type of career that people take because they don't want to spend years in college and live a mediocre life with a mediocre income. They are in demand, however advancement opportunities are very limited.

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Jose in Houston, Texas

49 months ago

I've been a registered dental assistant for about a year now. You may say that one year isnt enough to know the field, but i've worked with dental assistants that have been working as DAs for over 30 years, and i absorbed everything they told me.

They were right about telling me " It all depends on the dentist you work for " If you work for a dentist, and that dentist is nice, your livelihood will be really good, but if you work for a dentist that is arrogant, self centered, and abusive, that will reflect straight into your life. So when you apply for a job, do some research, ask around about that office. And even better yet, ask to become a volunteer at that office and work for free for a week, and you'll see everything that goes around that office. Thats what i've been doing, and thats what i did when i started, i apply for a volunteer dental assistant position, and after one week, if i find my enviroment to be good, i stay! if not, im out the door.

Dental Assisting is a great profession if you love dentistry and want people to depend on you. Further more, its something you have to ask your self, Do you want to be working in people's mouth all day and hate it? or do you want to be working in people's mouth all day and love it! because you know you're helping some one's oral hygiene ? Its up to you!

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mimidds in West Bloomfield, Michigan

49 months ago

i am trying to look foe a forum for associate dentists but there are none, i am five years out of dds school and it has been the hardest thing to find a decent dental office to work for as an associate dentist, which is why most get their own office as soon as they can, but i am not in a position where i can do that right now,
i would like to know are there other dentists in a similar situation?

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tasha in Alhambra, California

49 months ago

davidmg in Baldwinsville, New York said: My fiance is considering becoming a dental assistant in Syracuse NY. Her father has several dentists as clients in his business, He's telling her that his friends say dental assisting is a dead end job with bad pay no benefits no future and no respect. That is contrary to what i have found but shes questioning her plans. I need some input from young people in the field. Any information or experiences would be appreciated. Thankyou

Tell your fiance to not even think about it, Ive been a dental assistant for a year and a half and i hate it. When you sign up to school the reps tell you it's a great job, good pay, and lots of jobs available, that is all a lie. Right now I've looked everywhere for a different job and theres nothing, if there is they offer you very little pay and most offices have no benefits. Most dentist are jerks i really had no idea that they could be this bad they only care about themselves and making money your the last thing they care about honestly, tell your fiance to do something else that takes more time like a LVN its 3 to 4 months longer but its worth it.

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KUUZ in Toronto, Ontario

49 months ago

tasha in Alhambra, California said: Tell your fiance to not even think about it, Ive been a dental assistant for a year and a half and i hate it. When you sign up to school the reps tell you it's a great job, good pay, and lots of jobs available, that is all a lie. Right now I've looked everywhere for a different job and theres nothing, if there is they offer you very little pay and most offices have no benefits. Most dentist are jerks i really had no idea that they could be this bad they only care about themselves and making money your the last thing they care about honestly, tell your fiance to do something else that takes more time like a LVN its 3 to 4 months longer but its worth it.

THAT'S EXCATLY WHAT MY FEELING NOW... I JUST KEEP THINKING SWITCHING JOB IN EVERY SINGLE MINUTE-- NO BENIFT ...NO HOURS PROTECTION...NO RESPECT...NO DIGNITY...AND FACING THOSE JERKS EVERY DAY... EVEN THOSE I'M IN THIS FIELD 2 YEARS, I'M SICK OF IT...

GOD FORBIDDEN

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Jacquelyn in Lehigh Acres, Florida

48 months ago

Tary in Bronx, New York said: Im a dental assistant for 12 years and i love it!!!...the pay is good it depends on where you live!
In NYC a Dental Assistant can Make from 37,000 to 48,000 a year!
Dental assistant will not make that much in alot of other states
im from brooklyn and i work in midtown manhatten my gross is $1140 and my net is 850$ 40hr a week and there is tons of agencys where you can make more working temp!!...Dental assistant is a great career for a nyc resident!...Oh and also Oral Surgen Assistants they make even more!!!

Tary,

I currently live in Florida although I am from Long Island. I was up in NYC working as a Dental Assistant for 4 months in 2006. I only had 1.5 years of experience then, but now I have 6 in General Dentistry. I was working in a Pedo office on the Upper East Side and only making $16hr. I didn't know where to find temp agencies or anything like that. I had heard that Dental Assistants made more in the range of what you speak of. Can you tell me the names of any Dental Temp agencies up in NYC? I was considering moving back in the near future. Thanks!!

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tracy703 in San Diego, California

46 months ago

Hello. I'm about to start a 10 week in office DA program. Can anyone tell me if these kind of programs are worth the $2500? Will I be able to get a job?

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Lora in La Jolla, California

46 months ago

tracy703 in San Diego, California said: Hello. I'm about to start a 10 week in office DA program. Can anyone tell me if these kind of programs are worth the $2500? Will I be able to get a job?

The answer on your question is "no". Job market in San Diego is very tough. Salaries are very low. Even if you are able to find a job after the program, your starting salary will be $8-10 an hour. They offer $12 an hour for new grads with X-ray, coronal polishing, CPR. I would never spend $2500 on 10 weeks program. It's a reep-off.

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Lora in La Jolla, California

46 months ago

Lora in La Jolla, California said: reep-off.

Sorry, reep-off =rip-off

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G-Cruz in Dickson, Tennessee

45 months ago

foreigner@bellsouth.net in Greensboro, North Carolina said: I have been a dental assistant for 25 yrs. 23 of them have been spent working at a dental school. The other 2 in private practice. Even though the school doesn't pay as much the benefits,retirement & job security out weight working in private practice anyday. Most dentist in private practice are jerks & are all about the money. That is why I perfer working at a dental school. Training them instead of working for them!

How do you apply for a job working at a school?

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EFDA in Merrillville, Indiana

44 months ago

You better just stay where you are at. That sounds like you work for
An awesome Dentist and there is very very few of them!!!!

QUOTE who="da in la in Laverne, Oklahoma"]I work for a great dentist. I live in a very small town and this is a small office. I do all the cleaning and the maintenance on everything. My boss appreciates me and tells me. She will even take out the trash and help clean up the operatories. She is awesome. I am worried because I am wanting to make a move to New Braunfels, TX. It is near my kids and grandkids. All the comments on here make me want to stay right where I am.

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Indira in El Paso, Texas

44 months ago

me in az in Peoria, Arizona said: With any job there is always going to be people that we have to answer to. Everyone has a boss. I do not see being a DA any different. In the medical field I would suppose that a DA could be compared to an LPN since her boss is the RN and then the doctor. I see LPN as a nice little career with a year of schooling that gets you into the workforce, and that is respectable. People here seem to compare being a DA to working at Mc Donalds or something. I think being a DA is respectable. I believe if you know your place, show from within your happiness with who you are, then you will be respected. It is when people want to be more, and they do not know how to get along with authority that people began to hate their jobs.

I like one of the previous post were the DA says, "hey, because of this job I am my own women, who can pay my bills and take care of my kid." That is very respectable. I say if DA is too low for you than maybe you should be the office manager, try to go for it or maybe if you feel the doctor does not care enough for the patients than go back to school and become the doctor, but please do not discourage people from wanting to earn an honest living doing something!

I definatly agree .ANYWHERE you go or work there will always be one jerk but hey that's part of life right same thing even if you are a person with the highest degree a doctor whatsoever they deal with a bunch of stress to sometimes there unappreciated for there work.so yeah if dental assistant is a career that people choose to why discourage .There's many places to work for as a dental assistant.nobody said to stay there with a jerk boss move on and look! Everythings worth a try when you keep looking THANKS!

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photo in Muscatine, Iowa

43 months ago

Love it! in Chelmsford, Massachusetts said: I've been a dental assistant for about three years and I absolutely love it. There is never a day when I don't want to go to work. I work for 3 amazing doctors who not only care about their patients, but also about their assistants! They are very good to us. Pay us very good hourly and reward us with handsome bonuses once a month, every month! They also put a lot of money into our 401k accounts! I realize that these offices are hard to come by, but I do know there are others out there. If your fiance has a passion for dentistry, tell her to go for it!

Thanks for posting something positive...

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jacquelyn in Lehigh Acres, Florida

43 months ago

I have deffinately had a positive experience as a Dental Assistant also. I started at $12 an hr. and in 6 years have made it up to $19 an hr. I've worked in a few different offices, corporate and private. Although I work for a very nice Doctor (private) I am deffinately lacking in benefits. I have paid holidays/paid vacation (2 weeks after 3 years)/ 6 sick days per year. $100 monthly towards health insurance. Also, some kind of Retirement savings that they contribute believe me it isn't much. Other offices sometimes provide (monthly or quarterly bonuses, health insurance paid half you/half them, Christmas bonuses, I've even heard of Doctors taking their staff on cruises!) My advice to the new Dental Assistants coming into this field is KNOW WHAT YOU'RE WORTH. Don't settle for $12 an hr. when you have 4 years of experience and know that there are offices out there that do have health insurance. Good luck to all of you. : )

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jacquelyn in Lehigh Acres, Florida

43 months ago

Tary in Bronx, New York said: Im a dental assistant for 12 years and i love it!!!...the pay is good it depends on where you live!
In NYC a Dental Assistant can Make from 37,000 to 48,000 a year!
Dental assistant will not make that much in alot of other states
im from brooklyn and i work in midtown manhatten my gross is $1140 and my net is 850$ 40hr a week and there is tons of agencys where you can make more working temp!!...Dental assistant is a great career for a nyc resident!...Oh and also Oral Surgen Assistants they make even more!!!

I'm just interested in how much an oral surgery assistant can make in NYC? Also, do you know how much an Orthodontic assistant can make in NYC?

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kneec in Bronx, New York

43 months ago

Tary in Bronx, New York said: Im a dental assistant for 12 years and i love it!!!...the pay is good it depends on where you live!
In NYC a Dental Assistant can Make from 37,000 to 48,000 a year!
Dental assistant will not make that much in alot of other states
im from brooklyn and i work in midtown manhatten my gross is $1140 and my net is 850$ 40hr a week and there is tons of agencys where you can make more working temp!!...Dental assistant is a great career for a nyc resident!...Oh and also Oral Surgen Assistants they make even more!!!

You're making $28.50 an hour. That's great! I just graduated & got my certificate. I'm supposed to start my internship in a week and after that I will be applying to a bunch of agencies. Could you recommend an agency in the Bronx or Manhattan?

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anny in Beaverton, Oregon

42 months ago

ALL DA'S NEED RESPECT in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: Giving a DDS a licenses, is giving them a licenses to ROB & STEEL. Almost ALL are thieves. If not for DA's they would not have a practice. When you enter the office you are entering into a hrly relationship, with abuse!
Neither OSHA nor the Government monitors the Dental Dirty Crooks, they need to be REGULATED! I have seen so much stuff that if I was to write a book I would have to go into hiding for life. I have seen them charge their own parents, {who paid for their education}, take the last $$ of the elderly, do work that is not needed. They claim to be so high and mighty. You all are correct, 98% do NOT provide benefits. If you need work done they make you pay for it, or refuse to help. They are predigest in all breeds. They do not follow HOSA Laws. It is sad because it needs to be looked into. Talking cross-contamination!
My family asked to follow my footsteps, I refused to allow it.
If you say Kaplan is regret! Please don't go to Sanford Brown Inst. They are a Rip-off!!
THINK AGAIN ABOUT THE DISAPOINTING CAREER AS A “DENTAL ASSISTANT” I Have 20+ yrs. I am trying to get out.
Good Luck to All DA’s

Yes this is so. I prefer to work for the DMO's if ever because they are more regulated by OSHA and uniform in their standards. Private practice is risky a lot of potentially shady Dr.'s there esp small towns watch out.

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restorationgirl in Hendersonville, North Carolina

42 months ago

Any complainer in this forum is free to chose another profession since they hate doing DA so much. There was a mention of 'the government has to get involved.' The government was created to head our military and protect us from people who would love to see us destroyed, not to oversea immoral / mean bosses. It is impossible for a government to regulate morality or police peoples behaviors. Change the things YOU have control over: stop complaining and choose who you want to work for and make ti happen.

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restorationgirl in Hendersonville, North Carolina

42 months ago

jacquelyn in Lehigh Acres, Florida said: I have deffinately had a positive experience as a Dental Assistant also. I started at $12 an hr. and in 6 years have made it up to $19 an hr. I've worked in a few different offices, corporate and private. Although I work for a very nice Doctor (private) I am deffinately lacking in benefits. I have paid holidays/paid vacation (2 weeks after 3 years)/ 6 sick days per year. $100 monthly towards health insurance. Also, some kind of Retirement savings that they contribute believe me it isn't much. Other offices sometimes provide (monthly or quarterly bonuses, health insurance paid half you/half them, Christmas bonuses, I've even heard of Doctors taking their staff on cruises!) My advice to the new Dental Assistants coming into this field is KNOW WHAT YOU'RE WORTH. Don't settle for $12 an hr. when you have 4 years of experience and know that there are offices out there that do have health insurance. Good luck to all of you. : )

If you have a boss contributing to retirement you can count yourself one of the lucky few in America. Not many companies do that anymore, nor is it their responsibility to do so. It's our responsibility to save towards our retirement needs. Good for you to have a kind-hearted boss!

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