Dental receptionist

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How much does a Dental Receptionist make in the United States?

Average base salary
5.3k salaries reported, updated at May 22, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a dental receptionist is $16.63 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid sick time
  • Flexible schedule

What does a Dental Receptionist do?

Dentists would have no patients if it weren't for dental receptionists and they play an essential role in every dental practice. Dental receptionists are the first person a patient will normally deal with, and as such, they are often the public face of the dental surgery. Some dental receptionists enjoy the role so much, they go on to qualify for more specialized careers in the dental sector.

Working as a Dental Receptionist

As each patient enters the dental office, they will be greeted by the dental receptionist, who will also have several other areas of responsibility, including:

  • Being the first point of contact for phone and email inquiries
  • Dealing with the dentist's schedule, making appointments and making sure they update calendars and diaries with meetings, training, etc.
  • Organizing patient records and keeping them up to date
  • Preparing and sending out invoices, bills, and any other payment information
  • Liaising with insurance companies

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Dental Receptionist

What other skills do I need to become a dental receptionist?

There are a number of other skills and personal qualities that make someone a good fit for a dental receptionist role, with the most important being good organizational skills. Keeping everything running smoothly requires a methodical approach as there are lots of jobs which need doing regularly on top of interacting with patients and helping with their queries.

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What personal qualities are needed to be a dental receptionist?

Dental receptionists also need excellent time management skills. They will need to manage their own time effectively as well as managing the schedule of one or more dentists so making sure that everything gets done within an appropriate timescale is incredibly important.

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