Dental Assistant Interview Preparation Guide
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Dental Assistant Frequently Asked Questions in various Dental Assistant job Interviews by interviewer. The set of questions here ensures that you offer a perfect answer posed to you. So get preparation for your new job hunting

50 Dental Assistant Questions and Answers:

1 :: Describe your qualifications as a dental assistant?

Besides education and specifics of where you worked, you can mention characteristics generally considered favorable:
Manual dexterity,
Good interpersonal skills,
Eeliability, etc.

2 :: How to cope many tasks which a dental assistant typically has to deal with during an average day?

This question is meant to test how much actual experience you have. Describe a typical day in some detail and explain how you manage it successfully: you are quick and always focused, you know the routine and have things ready beforehand or immediately when the patient comes in, etc.

3 :: What characteristic is most important for the job of dental assistant?

You are not actually expected to find the one single most important characteristic. Just take a moment to think about it and give a thoughtful answer based on your experience. One way to answer this question is to mention multi-tasking ability; it is important because it implies the ability to do all of the above mentioned tasks simultaneously and effectively.

4 :: Define 4-handed dentistry?

A method in which a dental assistant works closely with the dentist on the procedures being done in the mouth of a patient. This method decreases fatigue and improves the success of dental procedures.

5 :: What initial procedures need to undertake when a patient is seated in front of the doctor as a dental assistant?

Adjust the seat for the patients, set up aprons, put a new glass of water, offer napkins, arranging special instruments (if required) and the medicines, taking and recording patient's blood pressure, etc. Hand in the patients file to the doctor and if the patient is not new, brief the doctor about the progress or the problems the patient is facing.

6 :: Tell me how well you get along with other people?

Interpersonal skills are important for a dental assistant. Dental assistants are able to cooperate efficiently with the doctor and make the patient feel comfortable and safe while they prepare them for treatment or instruct them in dental matters.

7 :: How you feel that you are qualified for the position of a dental assistant?

I am registered as a dental assistant with the State of New Hampshire. I have worked as a dental assistant at Dental Habitat for three years which has prepared me well to work in a dental facility the caliber of Dental Aesthetics.

8 :: What are your strengths as dental assistant?

I am highly dependable, efficient, quick learner and excellent at providing effective customer service. I have substantial knowledge and experience in 4 handed dentistry. I don't work for getting the job done, I work to get appreciated and that makes me work extraordinarily well.

9 :: What typical tasks are performed in the role of a dental assistant?

I was responsible for both procedural and administrative support at Dental Habitat. From taking and recording patients information to providing support to complex dental procedures, I was expected to manage it all.

10 :: Do you have any experience of dental laboratory?

Yes, I do. I can effectively and accurately make casts and crowns. I can also make retainers and both temporary and permanent braces.

11 :: How did you handle chair-side experience with children?

Out of every ten dental patients at Dental Habitat, two were children. I found it easy to handle children during a dental procedure because I can make them comfortable by diverting their attention to stories and jokes.

12 :: Tell me what checks should be a dental assistant perform before an earlier patient arrives?

A Dental Assistant should accurately review patient's medical/dental history for assisting the dentist. Changes in the medical history should be monitored. The appointments should be managed and the payment history should also be reviewed accordingly.

13 :: Tell me do you hold active WA dental assistant registration?

Yes! In addition, I possess an EFDA certification, OSHA training and an Intraoral Radiology Certification as well.

14 :: How to manage infection control and clinical cleanliness?

Clinic's standard procedures for infection control should be followed and taken care of while operating any/all equipment. The instruments should be properly sterilized, the disposable items should be properly disposed of e.g. breaking off injections and sending paper waste for recycling as well as managing all kinds of waste disposals, following appropriate control procedures for radiography, maintaining clean and sanitized water supply etc.

15 :: Are you familiar with the functioning of x-ray machines?

Yes. The IR certification and my previous job have allowed me to gain hands on experience in radiology/radiography. I can not only operate the machines but also handle exposing and imaging.

16 :: Are you familiar with the equipment sterilization and the process machines?

Yes! There are different machines used for this purpose and they have to be operated according to their operation manual. The machines need to be maintained and tested on regular basis. The dental equipment needs to be sterilized daily.

17 :: Tell me can you work extended shifts in the absence of other dental assistants?

I am willing to work overtime, in nights and weekends as well.

18 :: What procedure you use to sterilize dental equipment?

Clean the instruments or rinse them off, then put them in a ultrasonic and then package and then put them in an autoclave.

19 :: How would you manage emergencies?

I can work calmly in hectic situations. While following the standard operating procedures, I am able to prioritize tasks according to the emergency's severity and contact the doctor for specific instructions.