A dental hygienist is a licensed primary healthcare professional who works in the field of dentistry. They work under the direction of other dental professionals, and are trained and educated in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. Some of our hygienists are also trained in other areas such as orthodontics and 3D imaging.
Our certified dental assistants are dental health professionals who work closely with and under the supervision of a dentist. They work with patients by performing tasks before and after the dentist meets with the patient as well as assisting the dentist during certain dental procedures.
CDAs can have specific modules that they have studied for and written exams to be able to perform extra tasks including orthodontics, prosthodontics and dental anesthesia assistant.
At Horizon Dental, we have developed an excellent working relationship with Vancouver Community College. We take on students that are working towards becoming a CDA through distance education. This process can take 2-5 years to complete; during that time the chairside assistant works alongside the dentist under supervision.