SHOULD YOU GET A JOB INSIDE A DENTAL OFFICE?
Working with dentist for over 6 years makes me a bit of an expert on this topic. I want to touch on 3 topics, my experience, the pros and the cons.
I have worked with about 5 different dentist in about 3 offices and I can honestly say every day was different and challenging. There are 2 main types of offices you can work in, a specialist office and a general dental office. A specialist focuses on one type of treatment, for example a periodontist only works on the gums of their clients and an endodontist mainly preforms root canals. In a general office the dentist will work on all aspects of teeth. This can be good and bad because for one, they have experience with everything and on the other hand they are not specialized in anything. Sometimes a really picky patient will want to see a specialist for more challenging procedures and the general dentist is usually happy to refer them to a specialist. This is where you come in, making referrals, faxing documents to other offices, confirming appointment, taking payments etc. This is front office work, if you are not a certified dental assistant or hygienist this is the only area you'll be qualified to work in. Ironically, a lot of dental assistants switch to front office work later in their career because the workload is less and the pay is really high plus they know everything about the office and the transition is seamless.
- Minimal Stress
- Great Pay
- Dental Benefits
- Good Hours
- Easy to Learn
- Easy to Find Work
- Long Term Job
- Retirement Jobs
- Dentist deal with a lot of stress and can take it out on their staff (very common)
- Short Break (sometimes no breaks)
- Very Busy Days
- A lot of Paperwork
- Dealing with Insurance Companies
- Early Hours (but it's kind of good because you finish early)
- Start time is 6-7am usually
I hope this helps you decide whether or not working in a dental office is a good idea for you. I think it can provide great educational opportunities and you'd be able to understand more about oral health and therefore provide better services to your clients in your business.