Dental Assistant Careers
Becoming Part of the Dental Depot Team
What started as a private practice with nine chairs in a renovated duplex in Oklahoma City’s historic Linwood neighborhood has grown into a group practice spanning 20+ offices across three states, with more to come in 2020. In fact, Dental Depot is one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 500 Oklahomans at last count, and more than 200 employees in Texas and Arizona. The business has been family-owned and operated by the Ashmore family since the beginning and the owners continue to practice here today.
What Dental Assistants Do:
Dental assistants are a vital part of any dental office and especially at Dental Depot. Our dental assistants work in teams with their dentist to see multiple patients throughout the day. In addition to preparing their room and instruments, dental assistants help their dentist perform fourhanded dentistry as well as a number of other duties, which include:
- Record treatment information in patient records.
- Chart existing and proposed treatment in Easglesoft.
- Expose dental diagnostic x-rays. Is responsible for x-ray sensor care and guidelines.
- Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
- Assist Dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
- Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by Dentist. Dismiss patients with proper hand offs to
- Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
- Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
- Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
- Pour, trim, and polish study casts and prepare whitening trays.
- Clean and polish removable appliances.
- Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth.
Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting
Interested in becoming a dental assistant but don’t have the training or experience? Dental Depot has its very own training program to help you achieve your goals, the Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting!
This 12-week long dental assisting program will enable you become a licensed dental assistant in the state of Oklahoma, ready to begin a career in dentistry. Our students not only get hands-on experience with real patients in our office, they get the classroom and lab hours to make them competitive in one of the fastest growing professions.
The Academy currently offers three courses a year, in the Spring, Summer and Fall, and space is limited to 15 students per course. To learn more about the Academy and to apply easily online, click here to get started.
Dental Depot currently has 24 locations across three states (Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona), and even more locations in the works!
Our buildings are warm and inviting to all ages. There are clock towers, railroad crossing arms and signs, and large-scale trains in front for kids to enjoy. Whether it is a train running from room to room, or our amazing collection of memorabilia, there is always something interesting to capture peoples’ attention.
The trains started with small models running through the office. Later, exterior trains were added, which are really like art installations. They are built from scratch by our facilities team, and each one is unique
Frequently Asked Questions by Dental Assistants
Our assistants are assigned an operatory and work out of that one room. On a high volume day, assistants may help their team members out and can work multiple rooms.
We establish teams within each office so we find it is best to keep the same assistants for each doctor.
Most often, we could use additional help at our clinics. Additional hours are approved by your Office Manager.
Yes. If you’re interested in on the job training, please visit our Internships and Academy section for more information.
Our assistants have a set off day during the week so we ask that you schedule personal things during that time. If you have special circumstances that do not allow you to schedule on your off day, we ask that you switch with another team member. We employ multiple assistants so there is some flexibility in taking time off.
You cannot work until you have a permit. This permit is required by the Board of Dentistry to work in a dental office as a dental assistant.
Our offices close at 5:00 P.M.most days, and 4:00 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays. Each assistant is assigned a “close night” and we try to get employees out as close to 5:00 P.M. as possible.
Not at all. We offer Paid Time Off which you will start accruing immediately after starting up to 40 PTO hours the first year. If you do not have accrued PTO and still require some time off, we ask that you let your manager know 30 days in advance to allow for staffing.
A career at Dental Depot will give you a number of distinct advantages. You’ll be in a unique position to not only get the necessary reps you need to fine-tune your skills.