Schedule: Full Time
Under the general supervision of a Dentist in a clinical setting, the Dental Assistant assists the dentist in the provision of high-quality care within the scope of service consistent with accepted standards of care for dental assistants.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS
Graduation from an accredited dental assisting program and one year experience or certification as a dental assistant and some related work experience. Ability to acquire and maintain CPR certification within 90 days of date of hire.
Excellent interpersonal and written communications skills are required. Current needs require fluency in English and Spanish.
SCHEDULE AND LOCATION
Position is full time in Hartford, CT and will start in mid-December.
Two open positions available.
Wheeler provides equitable access to innovative care that improves health, recovery and growth at all stages of life.
Wheeler Clinic offers access to a comprehensive array of benefits, including:
For Good Health
- Anthem Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision insurance
- Health Savings Account (HSA), with company contribution of $500 per year
- Wellness Programs
- Free annual flu shots
For a Secure Future
- Company paid Life and AD&D insurance
- Company paid long-term disability insurance
- 403(b) Plan, with clinic contributions for eligible employees
For Career Advancement
- Education Reimbursement Program
- Training and development opportunities
For Work Life Balance
- Generous paid time off, including vacation, sick and personal leave
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)- Free and confidential counseling
- Employee discounts at local spa and on cell phone services
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Prepares and maintains dental instruments, supplies and equipment; prepares the operatory for the patient visit.
Seats patient in chair and explains procedures to be performed; Collects and records patient health histories.
Drapes patient with protective linens and sets up instrument tray containing instruments, suction, gauze and other required supplies.
Prepares dental materials–cements, amalgams, composites, impression materials, etc.
Takes and prepares radiographs using conventional or digital technology and following proper radiation safety precautions.
Assists with dental charting as appropriate.
Assists in the prevention and management of dental emergencies.
Manages the patient during dental procedures.
Provides active chairside assistance; transfers instruments as appropriate for four-handed dentistry; anticipates the dentist’s needs.
Take impressions for study casts, athletic mouth guards and custom tray. Performs laboratory procedures neatly and efficiently. Pours models with no bubbles, properly trim models, polish dental prostheses, make vac-u-press forms.
At the conclusion of the procedure, assists patient, clears work site of instruments and other materials; follows proper infection control protocols and prepares the operatory for the next patient.
Monitors and documents the flow of laboratory cases; maintains lab facility.
Performs, monitors and records all sterilization activities.
Maintains proper aseptic techniques necessary with dental equipment; maintains and properly sterilizes instruments.
Routinely cleans, disinfects and restocks operatories.
Scans reception room for patients and helps to manage patient flow.
Maintain and inventory dental supplies and reorders as necessary; track and verify invoices.
Clean and sterilize all instruments; help to manage the dental office infection control plan to meet OSHA, CDC and ADA standards.
Performs miscellaneous duties within the Dental Program as assigned.
Continues to develop knowledge and understanding about the history, traditions, values, family systems, and artistic expression of groups served as well as uses appropriate methodological approaches, skills, and techniques that reflect an understanding of culture.
Wheeler Clinic is an EO Employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected class. Affirmative-Action Equal Opportunity Employer.
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