Friday, August 7, 2015

Why Do We Use Mannequins For Dental Radiology?

Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting invests in several Dental X-Ray mannequins (Dexter) which have radiographic teeth.  This enables students to get the very best training and as much practice as possible.

It is prohibited by law to practice radiography on each other.  By using Dexter, students can evaluate their X-Rays and adjust their technique until they get a perfect diagnostic X-Ray, without exposing each other to un-necessary radiation.

We also teach and use state of the art Digital Radiography in our office. What does Digital Radiography mean?  Instantaneous images, less radiation for patients and no dark room chemicals for our students/staff.

We spend 3 full weeks in Radiology Lab and after a final exam, our students are Radiology Certified for the State of Utah.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What Our Graduates Are Saying About Us!

Our favorite part about Graduation is celebrating in our students accomplishments and seeing how their confidence and progress have grown over the past 10 weeks!

Our second favorite part is reading their Exit Interviews.  We gain much knowledge from our students and take each and every comment to heart.  We appreciate our students so much!

"I loved attending SLADA!  Before I attended this program, I was a patient of Dr. Martinez and he was the best dentist I've ever had, so when it came time to pick which Dental Assisting program to attend, there was no question.  I wanted to learn from the best and I was not disappointed.  The instructors here are excellent! They are very knowledgable and kind. They were always there to help. I was able to learn things quickly and efficiently and I even able to find a Dental Assisting job right before graduation! I'm so glad I was able to attend this program to give me a starting point in my dental career."   -Emilyann

"SLADA seriously changed my life.  I drove 2 hours to attend this program and  I'm 3 months out of high school.  I not only got a job in Week 7 of the program, but I also got a boost to my career!  I couldn't have done it without Dr. Martinez, Terina, Jeri and Jordan.  What amazing smart people they truly are!  They make you feel welcome and wanted and they truly care about your future.  I was so blessed by this program, the people I met and the knowledge I encountered. I encourage anyone looking for a new start, to attend SLADA.  You will never regret it!"  -Dailee

"I traveled from Mesa, AZ to attend this program. You could not have asked for better instructors than those at Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting! They were very supportive and were understanding and flexible to help me out.  I'm so glad I attended SLADA, it was well worth my time and money!"  -Cynthia

"The entire Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting team is awesome!  Terina and Jeri are both great instructors with tons of working experience to draw from.  They genuinely care about their students and are committed to helping everyone succeed in the course and in future dental endeavors.  I enrolled in this course as a Pre-Dental student wanting to get more hands-on dental experience that would compliment the doctor-shadowing that I have done.  The experience was invaluable and I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene or Dental School!"  -Steve  (Pre-Dental Student)

"I've had an interest in dental for awhile and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to take this class.  I've met some really awesome people through this program and I love how helpful everyone was!  I thought it was great to receive the iPad Mini's and make our own bleaching trays.  The iPad was very helpful for our practical tests. I've learned so much in this class and I love the job opportunities we get notified about.  I'd recommend this class to everyone!"  -Sabina

"I decided to take this class because I had an interest in going into Dental Hygiene and wanted to see if the dental profession was right for me.  After taking this class, I am now positive that this is right for me!  I loved coming to class and always had a fun time learning.  The lectures were easy to understand and I was never confused of what we needed to know.  The fill-in-the-blank binders are very helpful for taking notes and helped everyone pay attention without feeling overloaded with a bunch of information.   Terina and Jeri were awesome instructors and were always very helpful when I had questions.  I am so happy I took this class and I am positive what I have learned will help me pursue my dental career.  I also know that taking this class will help me be a confident Dental Assistant until I can get into hygiene school."  -Breanne

"I have loved being here at SLADA!  The instructors are wonderful!  They are very kind, helpful, funny and are great teachers!  As I seek to find a job in the dental field, I feel confident and ready to work.  You learn so much in a little time but everything works out great!  Such a friendly environment and a fun atmosphere!  Being here has made me excited to work in the dental field and further my career in this profession.  I love SLADA, Terina and Jeri are the best!"  -McKenzie

"If one word can describe my experience from taking this program it is: AMAZING!  Terina, Jeri and Jordan are great instructors, they are helpful and they make sure you understand what they are teaching.  I am sad to see my time come to an end but very excited to see what the future holds for me in the dental field!  I am ready to take what I've been taught and apply it to the real world.  If you are thinking about the dental field, think of SLADA for the place to do it!"  -Amanda (Pre-Dental Student)

"Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting is an amazing program!  Terina and Jeri have such a passion for dentistry and help you understand everything you need to know.  They truly want to show us the joy of helping people achieve a beautiful smile.  I would definitely recommend SLADA to anyone who has an interest in the dental field!"  -Heather

"Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting has given me a great learning experience.  The class material was very informative and I loved the hands-on experience in the lab.  I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to work in the dental field!"  -Kevin (Pre-Dental Student)

Monday, July 6, 2015

This is our AMAZING Summer 2015 Class!

Summer Semester students are now Radiology Certified and CPR/AED Certified!

Wow, we have been so busy with our Spring and Summer classes that we've neglected our blog!  

Our fabulous Spring class graduated in May and we started our Summer class in June!

We are halfway done with Summer Semester and our students passed their Radiology final with the overall highest scores in the history of SLADA!  Great job students!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Welcome Spring Semester Students!

Welcome to our newest class for Spring 2015!  
They are great students, they are inquisitive and motivated!  We are excited to get our Spring Semester underway!

Monday, March 2, 2015

How appropriate that we spent National Tooth Fairy Day up at the new University of Utah School of Dentistry providing dental care for the "Give Kids A Smile Event"! 

 It was a privilege to be involved with such a great program and we had a great time! 

Can we just say WOW!!!  The new clinic at the U of U Dental School is AMAZING! So proud that we have such a high caliber School of Dentistry in the State of Utah.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Take A Virtual Tour of Salt Lake Academy Of Dental Assisting

Welcome to Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting!
We are located in the Dental Office of Dr. Richard Martinez
3001 S. 1300 East
SLC, UT 84106

We have 7 operatories that our students can utilize. This 

ensures that each student has his or her own operatory to 

maximize their hands-on training

Our dental operatories are fully equipped with computers and 

massaging chairs!

 Students are welcome to enjoy our staff lounge to relax, 

study or grab a snack.

Our school is equipped with state of the art Digital 

Radiography. Digital radiography means, instantaneous

 images, significantly less radiation for patients, and no dark 

room chemicals for our students

Our office is clean! We pride ourselves on meticulous

 sterilization and infection control. We also have a lab where

 students can pour up models and make their bleaching 


We are now enrolling for our Spring Semester!

Visit our website or call (801) 930-0115 to see how you can


Congratulations on Radiology Certification and CPR/AED Certification!

It's been a busy week but all of our students passed their Radiology Final and are now officially Certified to take dental x-rays in the State of Utah!

We also had a fun night with CPR/AED Certification!  Thanks also to Dr. Martinez for providing us with Jamba juice, we needed the energy for those chest compressions!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Why Do We Use Mannequins For Dental Radiology?

First week of Dental Radiology and our students are doing well!  

Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting invests in several dental X-ray mannequins (Dexter) which have radiographic teeth. This enables students to get the very best training and as much practice as possible. It is prohibited by law to practice radiography on each other. By using Dexter, students can evaluate their X-rays and adjust their technique until they get a perfect diagnostic X-ray, without exposing each other to un-necessary radiation.

The next 3 weeks will be spent in Radiology lab and after a final exam, our students will be Certified in Dental Radiology for the State of Utah.

Friday, January 23, 2015

First of many coronal polishing labs.  Our students started out on Dexter, then practiced on each other.  They did a great job for their first time!

Monday, January 19, 2015

This is music to our ears!  

Our newest group of students getting to know each other while refining the art of instrument passing (with pencils).  They will take this skill back into the clinic and practice with real dental instruments.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Clinic Time Winter Class 2015

Our students get hands-on time immediately, starting on the first night of class!  
On the first night they learn correct suction tip placement and 
how to pass dental instruments
smoothly and flawlessly to the dentist.  

Welcome Winter Semester Students!

Our Winter Semester is underway and we have a great group of students!  There is so much excitement with this class, they are ready to start their new careers!

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