As a first time dental assistant I was excited to start my new job. I quickly learned that this was not going to be the right office for me. After the first week I had learned the routine and where everything was. I was the assistant to the assistants. I prepared the rooms, stocked the storage room, stocked work stations, greeted and sat patients, took x-ray's, took impressions, charted medical history, charted reason for visit, pediatric patient cleanings, and sterilized instruments. I was the assistant/rover for the General Dentist, Oral Surgeon, and the Orthodontist. The assistants wouldn't clean up their work stations when finished with a patient. I would be responsible for 4-5 rooms at a time while patients are waiting to be seated. There was poor time management and the office manager was not understanding of what happened in the back office. in your contract you get an hour lunch. Most days you were lucky to get 30 minutes. there were a few times that no lunch was taken and I had to go without eating or taking a break. While I was working there I was pregnant and not eating became a health issue. I stuck it out as long as possible before I had to put my health and my child's health first. If this office had better management and time management then I think it would have been a better work experience.
poor management, don't follow procedures, don't give full lunch breaks