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New Dental Assisting Lab at Kingwood College

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Continuing Education dental assisting program is undergoing many changes thanks to Tabitha Anderson, the new health occupations program manager. The lab has been re-located to a larger room offering two dental operatories for students to practice their hands-on skills chair side.

The best way to become a dental assistant is to receive formal education and studying in a Commission or Dental Accreditation accredited program provides education that is based on the latest procedures and techniques.

The Dental Assistant Certificate offered through Lone Star College-Kingwood prepares students to function competently and safely as a chair-side dental assistant in a relatively short period of time. This module focuses on office procedures, communication skills, basic dental anatomy and instrumentation, preparation of examination and treatment areas, operation and maintenance of clinical equipment, infection control, safety issues, and dental radiography procedures. Forty-eight (48) of the 176 hours will be scheduled in a dentist's office for clinical training.

If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting is for you.

Dental assisting offers many challenges with job responsibilities being among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. A dental assistant greatly increases the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care and is an integral member of the dental health care team.

Dental offices are interesting, pleasant, people-oriented environments in which to work and dental assisting involves tasks that require both interpersonal and technical skills. With this personal interaction comes the satisfaction of knowing you've really helped someone by providing a valuable health service.

In addition to assisting the dentist during a variety of procedures, other tasks dental assistants may perform include taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays), sterilizing instruments and equipment and taking impressions of patients' teeth.

Since many dentists employ two or more dental assistants, employment opportunities in this field are excellent with both full- and part-time positions available.

The next class begins April 16, 2007. It’s not too early to sign up. If you would like additional information about this program call 281-312-1660 or visit kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/ce.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1613 or visit our Web site at kingwood.lonestar.edu. For information on credit courses call 281-312-1613 and for Continuing Education call 281-312-1660.

The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.