68E:Dental Specialist

Dental Specialists are essential members of the Army dental care team. They assist Army dentists in the examination and treatment of patients, as well as help, manage dental offices. This job, military occupational specialty (MOS) 68E, is open to those without dental degrees.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

Much like their civilian counterparts, dental specialists act in support of dentists in just about all aspects of treating patients and running the dental office. They’re tasked with preparing dental procedures by selecting and arranging instruments and prepare patients by recording vital statistics like blood pressure. These soldiers are usually part of patient oral exams, may help with such tasks as administering anesthesia, placing and removing sutures, and preparing materials for dental impressions and restoration procedures. Dental specialists in the Army also assist with X-rays, which includes preparing the patient. They do a fair amount of the administrative work around the dental office as well, including ordering and taking inventory of supplies, scheduling appointments, and filing and maintaining records. They'll also supervise and assist subordinate personnel in the dental office.

Military Duties Translated:

Take and document patient dental history and updates, as well as overall health and medication history Assist dentist by handling supplies and instruments as requested Prepare tables and trays for dentist with necessary instruments and supplies Clean and sterilize instruments, and prepare treatment rooms as needed Take, expose, and mount high quality dental radiographs Ensure appropriate supply of equipment and materials Perform patient charting as instructed by the dentist Welcome patients and get them situated in the appropriate treatment room

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Dental Assistant