To ensure proper and efficient patient work flow and to enhance the dental patient experience.
Duties and responsibilities
The Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting the dentist in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients of the health center. Typical duties include but are not limited to:
- Prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
- Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient.
- Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests.
- Provides instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area: positions instruments for dentists’ access, suctioning and passing instruments utilizing four-handed technique.
- Provides procedural materials by selecting, mixing and placing materials on instruments and in the patient’s mouth, as necessary.
- Provides diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies, as well as pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts.
- Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.
- Documents dental care services by charting in patient records, as requested by dentist and/or Dental Director.
- Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential as outlined by the organization’s HIPPA policies.
- Maintains a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations as outlined by the Dental Director.
- Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols as outlined by OSHA.
- Ensures efficient and effective operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements with oversight by Lead Dental Assistant. This includes, but not limited to: following manufacturer’s instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, calling for repairs, maintaining equipment inventories and evaluating new equipment and techniques.
- Maintains dental supply inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level and reporting back to the Lead Dental Assistant current level and need.
- Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional societies when directed.
- Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related tasks in a timely fashion.
- Helps dentist manage dental and/or medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply and emergency telephone directory.
- Completes all required organizational trainings in a timely fashion.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED), and specified training courses as mandated by state for certification, licensure, or registration are required. The selected candidate must embrace a positive team approach to patient care. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
Certificates / Licensures / Registrations
- As mandated by applicable state (e.g. coronal polish, x-ray exposure, ultrasonic scaling for orthodontic procedures, pit and fissure sealant application, etc.).