A dental assistant cover letter should mention an applicant’s education and practical experience in the dental field. It should relate the applicant’s experience to the items listed in the job description. There should be some mention of skills associated with dental assistant work such as a willingness to work with children and adults of all ages. It is important that the applicant not use 1 form letter for all applications as dental practices can vary. It is best to write a separate letter for each job application like the dental assistant cover letter samples below that can help you create your own cover letter.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This dental assistant cover letter example is from an assistant who works at a practice that is closing due to the dentist’s retirement. She is seeking a dental assistant position at another practice in the area and the retiring dentist has written a reference letter to go with her rйsumй.
Dear Practice Manager:
My name is Amy Bryan and I am currently a dental assistant for Dr. Craig Lawrence. I have been working for Dr. Lawrence for the past 3 years since I graduated from XYZ Technical School with degree in Dental Assisting. As you may know, Dr. Lawrence is retiring soon and closing his practice. He has been gracious enough to write a reference letter for me which is attached. In addition, he is allowing his staff time off to interview for other positions; therefore I am available for an interview at your convenience. My rйsumй is attached as well and I am available to meet with you anytime.
Dr. Lawrence has a diverse practice with patients as young as 3-years-old and the oldest patient just celebrating his 96th birthday. In fact, Dr. Lawrence asked me to organize a simple birthday celebration for the patient which I did with no sugary cake — just a healthy birthday fruit basket. Part of my job is to take care of extra services for patients along with my general dental assistant duties.
I have a wide variety of experience working in a dental office. Besides preparing patients for their cleanings and check-ups and assisting the dentist during procedures, I have experience answering the phone and assisting patients, scheduling appointments, signing up new patients, entering and updating patient information in the computer system and filing and following up on insurance claims. I also travel to elementary schools in our county to do educational presentations on dental care.
I greatly enjoy my work as a dental assistant. I enjoy working with patients of all ages and would appreciate the opportunity to work in your practice. Please contact me should you want to schedule an interview at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email]
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This dental assistant cover letter example is from a recent graduate of a technical school dental assistant program. This individual is looking for an entry level job as a dental assistant in one of the local practices in her area. She is willing to work with patients of all ages.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My name is Daisy Brooks and I am a recent graduate of XYZ Technical College where I earned a degree in Dental Assisting. While in college I earned and have maintained my certification in CPR from the American Red Cross. My last semester in college I had an externship at Advanced Dental Practice, PC. I had the privilege of assisting Dr. Sara Lee while her regular assistant was on maternity leave. A reference letter from Dr. Lee is attached along with my rйsumй. At this time I also prepared for, took and passed the state Dental Assisting National Board exam and earned my Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) designation.
Dr. Lee was a wonderful mentor. I learned almost as much during my 3-month externship as I did my entire time in school. There is nothing like practical experience to teach a student how to perform job duties effectively. Along with assisting Dr. Lee during minor surgeries and other procedures, I sterilized equipment and set up exam rooms. I took various types of x-rays, ordered supplies and updated patient records on the computer. Dr. Lee taught me techniques for working with patients of all ages, from small children who are afraid of the dental instruments to elderly patients who are concerned about pain.
Another valuable skill set that I learned at Advanced Dental was administrative duties. I was trained in answering the phone, scheduling patients’ appointments and responding to their questions. I learned how to verify insurance coverage, file insurance, bill patients and post payments. My externship taught me how the entire practice works and provided experience working in every area of a dental practice.
I hope that you will consider me for a position as a dental assistant in your practice as soon as you have an opening. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with your talented team of dentists. I am available any time at your convenience for a personal or telephone interview, and I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email]
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This dental assistant cover letter example is from an individual who has experience working as an assistant in another dental practice. She has recently relocated to be closer to an aging parent and is seeking a job in her new home town. She has a recommendation from her previous employer.
Dear Dr. Van Horn:
I am Samantha Stevens and I have recently moved to Austin from Dallas to be closer to my aging mother. I am an experienced dental assistant and am responding to your ad in the Austin Chronicle. I worked for Dr. Brad Bradley at Dentistry Associates in Dallas, Texas for 5 years until my recent move to Austin, and he was kind enough to write a letter of reference for me which is attached along with my resume. Dr. Bradley also indicated that he is willing to discuss my job performance with any prospective employers and he included his phone number on the reference letter.
I have my CDA (certified dental assistant) designation from the Dental Assisting National Board and am also certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) by the American Red Cross. I have experience preparing patients to be examined by the dentist, performing x-rays, sterilizing instruments, setting up exam rooms, ordering supplies and maintaining inventories. Another one of my responsibilities was to meet with parents following their children’s examinations to explain any issues the dentist found, to recommend corrective treatment and schedule the next appointment or to explain how they could help their children develop better brushing and flossing habits at home.
In addition, I was responsible for administrative duties like answering the telephone and scheduling patient appointments. I verified insurance coverage, filed insurance, did financial counseling with patients, billed patients and posted payments. I think learning both clinical and administrative duties helped me to fully understand how a dental practice operates. I also believe learning to work with patients of all ages, as well as disabled patients, was a very valuable experience.
I hope you will review my attached resume and consider me for your open dental assistant position. I am available anytime for a personal interview and can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.