No question about it—for most dental assistants the best part of the job is interacting with patients. You may have made great friends with fellow students while you were enrolled in a dental assistant course in Phoenix, and that is likely to continue with patients once you start working. The relationships can be very gratifying and in some cases inspiring. Read on for stories that will make your day!
The Family You Choose
In some cases, your patients can become the family you choose—especially if most of your real family doesn’t live close by. For dental assistants that work in the same practice for many years, their patients get to see them go through many stages of life and visa versa. Single-life, newly married, raising children, marrying children, grandchildren and on and on. And when it’s time to leave or retire, goodbye can be bittersweet.
Patients You Admire
For some patients, seeing the dentist is not their favorite activity. Not even close! In fact, many are quite fearful of coming to the dentist’s office. The dental assistant’s role as a reassuring friend, hand holder and sometimes even shoulder to cry on can be quite gratifying, especially when patients overcome their fears and have the treatment they need. Helping to transform the smile of someone with dental anxiety is doubly rewarding when you are the one to help ease their fears.
Gratitude is the Best Attitude
Some patients are so grateful for the impact dentistry has on their lives. Dental assistants often share stories about patients who say, “thank you,” and go on to share what an impact the assistant has had on their lives. Those moments can often lead to many happy tears between the patient and the dental assistant.
We know of one dental assistant who tells the story of a patient who had lost many teeth in an accident. It took many years for him to recover physically as well as financially and get his smile back. On the day that happened, everyone was crying tears of joy. And his gratitude was so genuine that it lifted everyone’s spirits for the entire week!
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Tell Us About Your First Day
We’d love to hear stories about your favorite patients and how they’ve impacted your life. The hands-on dental assistant program in Phoenix trains dental assistants to pursue a professional career and be caring and involved in their patients’ lives. Contact us here.