Become a Dental Assistant in Maine - ME
Dental assistants work alongside dentists as well, but they perform more routine tasks such as sterilizing instruments and equipment, preparing patients for examinations, and updating and organizing patient files and records. There are just over 1,000 registered dental assistants in Maine.
To become a Dental Assistant in Maine you are not required to be registered, licensed, or certified. Therefore, there are not set rules or guidelines as to how to become a dental assistant. Most dental assistants receive their training on-the-job. There are a handful of dental assistant training programs, most lasting about a year. Dental assistants should be at least 18 and have graduated from high school. Many dentists also request their dental assistants become certified in CPR.
Expanded Functions Dental Assistants must become qualified in Maine. To qualify, one must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be CPR certified
- Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
- Be a current Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant or Registered Dental Assistant
- Complete a Maine-Board approved course
- Complete the Maine Board of Dental Examiner’s jurisprudence exam
- Apply for a Maine Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification with the Maine Board of Dental Examiners
Expanded Functions Dental Assistants can legally operate x-ray equipment and perform radiologic procedures.