Can I get a job as a dental assistant with a criminal record?

We recently found some discussion in an online forum about how easy or had it is for one to find work in a dental office if they have a criminal record.  The dialog makes for interesting (and eye opening) reading, and several of the participants mention the laxity with which dentists perform background checking (see our article here for more discussion.

We’ve highlighted a couple of particularly interesting statements.

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can i get a job as a dentla assistant with a criminal record