Indigo Career College has created a comprehensive Dental Assisting program requiring completion of 96 clinical hours, 120 online hours, and a 4-week externship. This combination of hands-on clinical learning and online education far exceed industry standards and will set you apart in the competitive dental industry.
We're confident that our program and connections in the dental community make tuition a safe investment.
To prove it, we offer the "Indigo Promise": If you don't receive a job offer within six months of graduation, we will refund half your tuition.
We believe in fair tuition and provide financing options (link) that allow all students to attend our programs. Our tuition is straightforward — there are no hidden costs or additional fees.
We accept 8-15 students into each session of our Dental Assisting program.
Our program is competitive and not all are accepted.
Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and with each dental office.
Dental assistants typically do the following:
Ensure that patients feel comfortable
Prepare patients and the work area for treatments and procedures
Sterilize dental instruments
Hand instruments to dentists during procedures
Dry patients’ mouths using suction hoses and other equipment
Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene
Process x-rays and complete lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist
Keep records of dental treatments
Schedule patient appointments
Work with patients on billing and payment
Assistants who perform lab tasks, such as taking impressions of a patient’s teeth, work under the direction of a dentist. They may prepare materials for dental impressions or to create temporary crowns.
Dental assistants are allowed to perform the following procedures:
Topical anesthetic application
Coronal polishing, which means removing soft deposits such as plaque, gives teeth a cleaner appearance. In sealant application, a dental assistant paints a thin, plastic substance over teeth that seals out food particles and acid-producing bacteria to keep teeth from developing cavities. Fluoride application, in which fluoride is put directly on the teeth, is another anti-cavity measure. Some dental assistants may be qualified to apply topical anesthetic to an area of a patient’s mouth, temporarily numbing the area prior to a procedure. Each state regulates the scope of practice for dental assistants.
Almost all dental assistants work in dental offices. Most work full time. Dental assistants wear safety glasses, surgical masks, protective clothing, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. They also must follow safety procedures to minimize risks associated with x-ray machines.