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Are You Ready to Become a Dental Office Manager?

When dental assistants want to expand their roles and further their careers, some move on to become dental office managers. Dental assistants are often well suited to be dental office managers because they understand the inner workings of the office and how to work productively so the practice can thrive.

Dental office managers serve as leaders in the practice. Their wide-ranging duties may include supervising staff, maintaining appointment schedules, coordinating patient treatment, or overseeing billing. Because dental assistants juggle a variety of clinical and administrative duties, they often have the skills to succeed as dental office managers.

Like dental assistants, dental office managers need to be extremely organized. They enjoy creating and implementing policies, procedures, schedules and systems that make the office run smoothly. Staying organized helps the team focus on their duties and creates a pleasant experience for patients.

If you loved working with people as a dental assistant, you may thrive as a dental office manager. Dental office managers collaborate with a variety of people daily. They may discuss treatment and financial arrangements with patients, or work with vendors and insurance companies. Excellent office managers are adept at developing rapport with people and communicating with them effectively.

Dental assistants are problem solvers – a skill that’s also valuable for dental office managers. The fast-paced nature of a dental practice means that dental office managers must think on their feet. From accommodating a last-minute patient to mediating conflicts between staff, excellent office managers are always ready to tackle unexpected issues creatively and calmly.

If becoming a dental office manager sounds like the right next step for you, it’s important to be sure you have the knowledge and resources to succeed.

Learn About Dental Office Management

Although many dental office managers learn on the job, taking courses can help you take your knowledge to the next level. The DALE Foundation offers several courses on a variety of dental office management topics.

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Explore AADOM's Resources

AADOM offers a variety of resources, education and networking opportunities for dental office managers. Explore what AADOM has to offer and the doors it can open for your career.

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