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What has been your best experience thus far, as a dental assistant?

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This question is assuming you have had previous experience working as a dental assistant before. If you have, tell them about your best experience, ensuring to showcase your attributes in care and compassion.

What has been your best experience thus far, as a dental assistant?
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"A patient came into the surgery absolutely petrified to see the dentist and having the treatment done. I took their hand and stayed with them every second they were in the dentist's chair reassuring them it would be fine. The best part of this experience was when the patient walked out of the surgery, thanking me for making them feel so comfortable."

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"As I am new to my career as a dental assistant, I would say that the best experience so far has been my practicum with Clinic ABC. I was able to lean a great deal from the dentist and also the dental hygienists. Feeling so welcome and accepted in this industry has by far been my favorite experience."


"Every day brings new opportunity for learning and helping new clients. Overall, I would say that my best experiences surround the times when a client is nervous about their procedure, and I can help calm their nerves. I am especially skilled in helping kids to feel comfortable."

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What has been your best experience thus far, as a dental assistant?
Seeing patients that come into the practice who are not happy about there dental health, and our team being able to make suggestions so they can improve their oral health.
I just graduated from college and this will be my first experience working at a dental office.
Getting to learn so much about the teeth and how to take good care of them.
My best experience was watching the faces of the patient when they got their braces taken off after such a long time. And they can't stop smiling.
Hands on experience and interaction with patients and also learning new things everyday.
Being a surgical assistant to an implant patient.
I think it was 4 degree surgical extraction.
Working with the other students and instructor to take oral impressions, I've only had in-class lab experience.
As a treatment assistant my best experience was when I got to help a patient figure out exactly what treatment she was getting done on her teeth.
I have not yet work as a dental assistant.
I would have to say impressions. I didn't have a problem doing them.
Working on the different departments and gaining experience.
Learning procedures in dentistry and being hands on.
Seeing the delight in a patients face when we fitted a complete upper arch bridge.
I am unable to answer this question, because I have yet to have experience in a Dental office. How ever I look forward to experience working on any procedure with the doctor.
Being a second surgical assistant to an implant patient.
My best experience was when we did full anterior veneers on a patient and she was so happy she shed tears and gave me and the Dr. A hug.
Interaction with my patients. Helping them to trust dentistry rather than to fear it. Making their visit pleasant and relaxed. By the end of their visit, they usually are looking forward to coming back.
I love the fact that I get to help people and meet new peple everyday.
Making a difference in kids lives and their perception of dentistry.
Was when I assistated a composite feeling.
Working in Oral Maxilliofacial surgery doing trauma cases.
Seeing the faces of a patient who just got their braces on for years off.
My best experience as a dental assistant was when I made a patient enjoyed going to the dentist.
I have a dentist. I want to learn dentistry . I want to explore my options as a dentist.
My best experience as a dental assistant would be getting the oppertunity to work with several dentists and see how each one is different.
Gettin paid and getting laid.
I've had many great experiences thus far. My two best experiences would be any time I see a patient leave happy and promising a return. Also, when I perform a procedure to the best of my ability keeping the dr impressed with my work.
Fixing a small childs teeth.
My best experience would have to be seeing a patient leave happy and satisfied with whatever dental treatment they had done.
Making patientes fee safe and comfortable while them were receiving dental care.
Interacting with patients.
Working as a student in my externship was the best experience thus far.
Work with dental hygienist, assessing patient with dental phobic.
Listening, creating a safe, effective environment, teamwork.
Getting to know what really goes on behind closed doors.
My best experience was getting the opportunity to learn this trade and working with some of the best people.
In school my best experience is taking x-ray.
Developing relationships with the patients I have met.
Meeting new people and being able to answer questions and educate people on proper oral hygiene.
I love working with the kids. Everytime they aknowledge my work with a simple thank you and a beautiful smile, it makes me feel great because I was able to attend to their needs.
All experience is best because from all experience I am learning and improving my self.
Dental assistant with my dentist.
My best experience as a dental assistant thus far is having a patient request me to assist in their treatment.
Helping someone overcome their fear of dental treatment.
My best experience would probably have been provide free dental care to children in need.
None, I am applying to become a dental assistant.
I love having kids come to the office and say they love the dentist, especially when they have had a lot of work done. It is nice to know it has been a pleasant experience for them so far and it will continue to be. Also, when a patient comes in and is really scared of the dentist but when they leave they have a smile of their face.
Being able to grow a bond with patients and treating them like family.
Getting hugs from happy patients that were nervous, then saying how well I work with the dentist.
Creating a connection with the patients.
Unfortunately, I haven't worked as a dental assistant yet, but I look forward to gaining experience in this field.
I love working with prosthetic patients and seeing the final outcome.
I am currently in school for dental assistant so I do not have the best experience.
I don't have just one I enjoy what I do everyday and find it rewarding that patients are able to leave feeling better then when they initially came in.
So far, I don't have an experiences as a dental assistant but I am really looking forward to making many positive experiences.
When I got to sit in on a frontectomy.
This will be my first time working as an dental assistant.
I was able to see and assist on a lot of procedures doing my clinical hours at the dental offices but my best experience was comforting a child who was scared and making him feel comfortable enough to get his procedure completed.
One of my patients was very happy with the customer service that I had given her. The next time she came by she brought me a boba tofu drink as a thank you.
When I was completing my traineeship, We had a young boy come in for multiple extractions. He was quite scared and in quite a lot of discomfort from the problematic teeth. He wasn't allowing the dentist to get into his mouth to help. So to calm the young boy down, I showed him all the tools the dentist was going to use on him and explained what they did. When I had finished the boy had calmed down significantly and was ready to be performed on. He sat through the whole producer holding one of my hands being a very brave boy. When we had finished, he was very happy and thankful to myself and the dentist. I gave the boy a gift bag full of things for your teeth and information on how to keep your teeth healthy. He was very appreciative of the gift and then went home. This for me the best experience i've had so far because I was able to calm down the boy and help him with the pain he was in.
As a patient I recently had the best experience. They were professional and put me at ease with casial conversation and had a great beside manner.
Experiencing 4 hand dentistry at OCHWA
During my dental externship I was surrounded by positive ladies and the office staff really made it easy for me to attend every week.
My best experience thus far in my dental career would have to be the opportunity in general to be able to provide dental care to my patients. I love this field and love to provide only the best.
My best experience was assisting in Orthodontics because it was interesting to watch the dentist rewire, tighten, and reband braces. I also liked the photos taken after braces are removed.
My 140 hour clinical hours. I learned a lot in class but with clinica s I got to be more hands on & have face to face with real patients & do chairside assisting with the Dr. & learn more about how an office is ran on a day to day basis.
Watching how smoothly a Dooctor handled a filling in a 3 year old.
Placing my first filling and the patient was very pleased with it.
I have non yet in a office, but I look forward to working with the dentist to treat patients oral health.
My internship, where I learned a lot of techniques and skills. Connected with different dentists, staff and patients as well.
The way I work during pressure and my ability to priortise my work loads.
I have never had any experience as a dental assistant but I am excited for the new opportunity.
This one is topping the charts.
Helping underserved populations get needed treatments.
Providing care for mentally disabled.
I don't have any experience as a dental assistant.
I do not have dental experience in a dental office. The experience I have is my dental assisting program where I became certified. Having this opportunity will help me gain experience towards my career.
I haven't had many, but I loved being able to shadow and experience how different doctors/offices did things.
I have never been a dental assistant however I believe I would excel in the job as I am a people person and am able to follow direction well.
This will be my first time working as a dental assistant.
My best experience was working with a recruit who had previously never been to a dentist. He had a chip on his front tooth filled and when he saw his teeth his reaction was priceless. He was so happy.
Making an difference in a patient life.
I don't have any official experience as a dental assistant but I am familiar with the work enviroment.
My best experience was being an extern at Bright Dental.
I learned new things an are I wasn't familiar with and with more training or work I believe I would be an asset to your company.
Helping give someone a smile.
Assistant in all on 4, changing lives.
Working with dental implants.
Just working with the patients.
The patients. Love the, and appreciate the,
Seeing being confident with their smile.
Being able to be detailed in my help to the dentist, being able to cover for someone when things don't go according to plan.
The trust I gained from the doctor and my patients.
I worked in a hospital and work with dr. Small worked with patients.
Volunteering at dental clinic.
I have not had many opportunities to be in an office environment, but the best experience would be going on field trips to other offices and seeing what a day to day operation would look like.
My best experience thus far as a dental assistant is.
A lady came into the surgery with her front teeth missing due to a fall. She was very embarrassed and asked if there was anything that could be done. The dentist when through a list of options where the lady opted to have a partial upper denture. One the partial denture was fitted, the last started to cry as she loved her new teeth so much and that she could smile again. I found being apart of this experience very rewarding.
This will be my first job as a dental assistant as I am just entering the field.
I have no experience working with a dentist, I am fresh out of school and I have an amazing experience while completing the Dental Program, by being the mentor of the class, I needed to show leadership, more responsibility, and a positive attitude, In my opinion being a mentor was a really great and challenging experience.
Seeing those happy smiles of my patients.
Patienthappy abt his restored fro t fractured teeth.
First job since graduating.
Seeing a patient stop putting their hand over their mouth when they smiled. Watching them light up with delight when they saw their results after treatment.
Seeing how much you help patients.
Being able to assist and see different prospect and actions from patients.
Being able to be around patient sand apply what I learned in school into my job.
Every experience is my best because my pts come first how ever when the pts procedure is over they were comfortable they remained calm and best of all they reschedule an appt w/no problem I feel like I did my job and successfully assisted my doctor.
I like everything about the job.
Operating on a teen that had a mass of decay and my boss did a pro bono, when her treatment was complete she was so happy, this reminded me why I love doing dental assisting.
Encourage community to keep their dental healthy and treat them.
Being able to provide good and postive attitute toward the patient and seeing the patient happy.
My best experience is seeing people feel better about themselves and seeing them smile afterwards.
Handled all types of patients.
A lady came into the office after being in a car accident and needed a full set of dentures because she lost her teeth in the accident. Inwas able to assist in this procedure and it made a huge impact because the lady was so very thankful we could help her!
Helping the dentist help his patients achieve their perfect smile.
Learning about dental implants.
When a patient had a better experience than they thought they would have.
My best experience so far has been getting to learn all the procedures!
When I was going to college.
Being able to make someones day better with fixing something that is bothering them.
None, so far, but I am excited to work with the dentist and many patients.
I don't have any experience but I would love to start some where.
I am a quick leaner and can take instruction very well.
Working for Dr Service for 8 and half years.
Watching people come into the office not happy with their smile and walking out smiling. Its very rewarding.
Taking alginate impressions perfectly the first time on a patient that gags easily and without the patient gagging. Then having the patient thank me for being for being do gentle and then telling the Dr. How impressed they were with me.
Helping dentist help patient achieve there perfect smiles.
Being able to assist different procedures with different doctors.
I haven't had any experiences as a dental assistant but I'm sure there are struggles as with any job.
My first job was a great experience as I did my externship there, it was actually my dentist at the time and he was kind enough to let me extern. It was great because I was familiar with everyone and it just so happened when I finished school he had an opening and offered me a job. I learned a lot there because it was a really busy office.
My best experience as a dental assistant thus far was when I was assisting at Marquette School of Dentistry. I assisted with an extraction with a 6 year old girl and she was very scared but at the end of the appointment she left smiling and giggling because I provided her with a great deal of comfort. This made me very proud.
Having the ability to see my progress throughout the course. Not only has my performance as a dental assistant grown, my confidence to start a career doing something I love has as well.
I am currently in school but the learning aspects are very enjoyable.
My best experience as a dental assistant this far is when I did my forty hours of internship.
Being able to help patients overcome their anxiety about dental care.
I have no experience at the moment.
After extracting a mans last four teeth, seeing his eyes light up after getting his dentures and putting them in.
Watching patients leave happy with their results.
Helping people overcome their fears.
Being in the environment. I love teeth, and I enjoy being around the environment of taking care of them.
Being present when my dentist lanced an abscess.
Seeing patients leave happy.
We had one patient where he was extremely nervous to attend the dentist so he hadn't done so in quite some years. His oral hygiene was very poor and it was almost a struggle to get him to co-orporate at the start. Seeing him come back time and time again for all his appointments and seeing his confidence and oral hygiene improving each visit was amazing.
The satisfaction of the pt leaving happy after a painless procedure and the promise of their return.
While working in a pediatric dental office, helping the children over come their fears at the dentist was my best experience in this field so far.
When the dentist I worked with had enough trust on me and let me put the sutures on a patient.
Dealing with lots of different patients and being an integral role in the dental team in the surgery.
Assisting the dentist in seleant Saturday.
Working as a team, help clients achieve oral health goals.
Helping ease nervous patience to overcome their fears and attend regular appointments.
Fabricate temporary crown.
Having patients that came in fearful walk out calm and relaxed. I think addressing patients fears and making them more comfortable is very important.
The best experience I had is simply just helping patients and making them feel confident about their smiles again.
I think right now the opportunity that I got after passing the dha to work as a dental assistant is both thrilling and exciting for me.
Making my patients confident and happy.
My placement with dr patrick.
Watching people smile in confident and becoming well from their pain makes me satisfied in what a Dental assistant does.
The patient was 12 years old, and came for and exo for future braces; she was really nervous just to have the needle, almost even in panicking mode. I saw the perfect opportunity to try to calm her down, I talked to her about her favorite activity and after a while she was calmer. Eventually she got the needle, the exo done and the mom came to me and asked which days do yo work, and I say every day, why I asked, she said because you been the best to my daughter and the calmest and because of you she was able to go through the operation, so thank you.
Watching a child with a really difficult case, turn into a young adult with a fabulous smile.
Anytime I see a patient leave happy.
Building a rapport with my patients making them feel as comfortable as possible during appointments.
Assisting with Dental Implants.
My best experience thus far has to be when I was working in pediatric dentistry during an internship and I was able to go to different schools and teach children the importance of dental health.
None, I am willing to start fresh with an open mind and get on the job training.
My best experience so far was being able to interact with the patients especially the children. Getting to calm them down and show them just how cool the dentist can be.
Helping patients who are nervous have treatment with sedation and when treatment is complete they have been very happy with the results.
The different procedures.
My best experience as a dental assistant is establishing good relationship with our patients.
My best experience would have to during internship the doctor felt confident enough in my skills after a week of me working there to let me assist him without a assistant shadowing me. His confidence in my gave me great pride.
There is always new ways to do things. You never stop learning.
Meeting new people and learning to experienced.
My best experience this far as a dental assistant student was when we got to coronal polish. It was a great experience and I was taught from an instructor who does this daily.
Helping doctor with root canal good learning experience.
I have non thus far, but my best experience in health care was when I worked in the labor unit of a hospital and seeing all of the new happy parents walking out of the unit with the biggest smile on their face.
By my being an experienced dental assistant I would say my performance being in correct anticipations of the dentist I was working with and seeing my / patient being pleased with our services.
No experiences in dental field.
Making patients feel comfortable and making sure they are happy with the results of their procedures.
Helping and teaching people how to better take care of their teeth.
Working with the patient and educating the about oral hygienes.
The greatest experience I have had thus far was delivering a complete upper and lower denture to a man whom had been without for many years.
Helping other help themselves.
I don't have very much experience.
Work with different kinds of specialists.
My best experience so far was when I received a compliment from a patient.
Been learning alot out of it.
Patients only want me to serve them.
Meeting so many great people.
I love taking care of patients and making them feel as comfortable as they can be.
My best best experience thus far has to be the team effort. In school we would have a task that needed to be done and as a group we would come together to get it done in the best way. I love that in the dental profession it's a team effort.
Being to complete a lengthy treatment plan on a patient and the patient be pleased with the results.
I love seeing people's self confidence after they are happier with their smile. M
Being available to make patients feel at ease and make then over come their dental fobic fear.
Patience specific mention my name and want me to serve them.
Working in a health and social care setting because it gives me a chance to work with different types of people with different needs.
I have currently never worked as a dental assistant, but I am beginning to take the steps to go to dental school in the coming years. I want to be able to have the needed hours not only to be accepted into dental school but also to feel confident in my career path and gain relevant experience to help me through my program.
We had a patient who was very timid and had to have extensive scaling just to be able to see all of her teeth, the tartar covered most of her tooth surfaces. She had never seen a dentist before and was very scared. I tried to get to know her and win her confidence in me so she felt comfortable. I explained everything I was doing and what the dentist would be doing, we won her over, she continued to come back until all tartar was removed and we were able to access her dental needs. We completed treatment on her and she became a routine patient, returning for all 6 month visits as well as any needed treatment. That was rewarding for both staff and patient as we were able to help her become comfortable coming in for dental visits. She also became more confident when she did come in, not as bashful and nervous to talk to us. She started as a patient that would not make eye contact with anyone to a patient that would actually smile and talk when she came in.
Learning has been my best experience.
Honestly seeing the happy smiles on patients as they leave.
Being able to help people feel better about their smiles and themselves.
As far as experience goes, I was certified in an "hands on" program which I had practice on actual people and meniquins. I graduated high school early to attend the dental assistant program I was in.
I dont have any exsperinece.
I love seeing the patient very pleased after each appointment.
I do not possess any dental assistant experience.
Havent worked as a dental assistant.
Calming down a scared and screaming four year old.
My best experience so far as a dental assistant is probably being there t watch surgery. Not being grossed out by blood and seeing the mandibular jaw was actually really awesome.
I have no experience but I enjoy working alongside people and I have background knowledge on the health system.
Gain prior knowledge to pursue my education in the dental hygiene.
I haven't had a previous job in this field.
At school I enjoyed making models.
Seeing clients happy after they done.
I don't have experience as a dental assistent but I am very intresting to work like one.
The best experience that I have so far as a dental assistant is the pleasure of still learning the rights and wrongs.
I have not been able to do any chair side assisting yet, but I would say to just make the client feel pain free and happy with their experience.
The moment when a patient received their dentures after months of not having them. The reaction was priceless.
My best experience as a dental assistant has been seeing patients so grateful for my services and being able to calm a child down with them learning to trust you.
Seen how happy people is when they can smile again.
I am just starting out as a dental assistant.
Being able to calm an extremely nervous patient with severe dental phobia so that they could recieve dental treatment.
Helping people that really need it.
Be always there help oters.
Knowing what to do, how to set up for procedures and being independant.
Happy to work with different dentists to find out what do a dentist really requires.
My best experience has been seeing patients leave looking and feeling their best.
My best experience so far as a dental assistant was interacting with patients and chair side assisting.
Doing extensive cosmetic work and seeing people Happy.
My best experience is how to deal with the people and have patients for them.
My best experience as a da has been working with the dental students at uwo. You never knew what youd be doing that day and you got to see how each dentist and client is differnt.
My best experience was with a happy pediatric dental patient who was cooperative all through the treatment.
Seeing a patient go from poor teeth and home care to fully restored and their education to continue care of their new smile.
My best experience as a dental assistant would be when a patient brought me back a rose for making her visit feel so comfortable.
My best experience in dental assisting would be how quickly I caught on to model trimming and impression taking.
It is a very rewarding job. My best experience is when I was able to help a down syndrome patient.
Having a nervous child at the beginning of appointment, leave completely relaxed and happy, giving us all hugs and thanking us for making it easy.
My best experience so far is coronal polishing. I enjoyed coronal polishing because I want to became dental hygienist and I like giving my patient fresh, clean and healthy mouth.
At my current job we had a patient who felt very nauseous due to her nerves. As the assistant it was my job to console her and check up on her every once in awhile to make sure she was okay. I was able to calm her down and help her feel at ease so we could begin the procedure.
Chairside assisting in restorative procedures and patient care.
I have not worked out in the field but during school I felt very confident. I knew what needed to be done at all times.
List the qualities that you feel describe a dental professional ?

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