1.Complete the necessary training and work as a dental assistant for at least six months to a year. Most oral surgery assistant training programs require applicants to have at least six months of dental assisting experience to enter the program.

2.Apply to and enroll in a dental or oral surgery assistant program in your area. Dental surgical assistant programs typically last 12 to 24 months and include anatomy, biology, medical terminology, patient care, basic life support, sterilization techniques and preventing and controlling infections. Most one-year programs lead to a certificate and two-year programs to an associate degree.


Apply for a license or become a registered dental assistant or surgical technologist as required in your state. Licensing or registration typically includes providing proof of training and passing a written or practical exam.

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