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The Dental Assistant is responsible for chair-side dental assistance duties during surgical procedures of clinical dentistry to include simple to complex restorative, prosthodontic, surgical, endodontic, periodontal, orthodontic and pediatric dental services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESEssential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Performs chair side dental assistance duties in all phases of clinical dentistry to include simple to complex restorative, prosthodontic, surgical, endodontic, periodontal, orthodontic and pediatric dental services. Prepares and arranges all instruments and materials required for each treatment procedure; prepares patient to receive care; and, maintains treatment room in a clean and functional condition.Receives and schedules patients for treatment.Obtains and records related patient medical history, to include vital signs, and routes patient for medical tests and services when required.Records diagnostic/treatment information, as relayed by dentist, to patient records, data sheets and/or computer.Passes instruments and materials to and from dentist; keeps area of operation clear using high speed evacuation, irrigation and retraction of tissue; stabilizes tissue/oral structures; maintains aseptic condition by strict enforcement of universal infection control practices; assists dentist in complex restorative procedures; and, keeps alert to patient condition for signs of fainting, shock or other distress.Cleans, maintains, and sterilizes instruments, materials and equipment. Prepares instrument cassettes and/or surgical trays.Performs intraoral procedures to include but not limited to taking of preliminary impressions for study models, suture removal, placing and removing rubber dam, matrix bands, wedges and periodontal packs; applying desensitizing agents; applying tooth whitening (bleaching) agents.Records information relayed by dentist on prescriptions and other forms for dentist signature; prepares consent forms for patient signature; relays post operative care instructions from dentist to patient to include prevention and oral hygiene instructions and uses of prescribed medications.Operates dental x-ray equipment to take routine and specialized radiographs to include panoramic and cephalometric exposures; develops and finishes film; positions patients and film to achieve proper photographic angles.Prepares recurring records, forms and other reports required to support dental care delivery.Pours and trims models from impressions and constructs custom impression trays and sports mouth guards.Determines need, places orders, receives and stores dental supplies and equipment.Performs health promotion activities Assists with training of student/trainee dental assistants; observes and advises students as they perform dental assistant duties.EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and graduate from a formal dental assistant program with a curriculum of a minimum of three months in length (480 clinical hours); or one year of clinical dental assisting experience. Dental Assistants must have completed their training or have dental assisting experience within the past three (3) years.CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONSFor credentialing purposes, must provide copies of:?Certificate of completion from an ADA accredited Dental Assistant program with a minimum of 480 clinical hours or if no formal training, must provide proof of having one (1) year of clinical dental assisting.?Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) with employment dates to show work history as a Dental Assistant ? Certificate of Competency of Radiation Health and Safety from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or Amercian Dental Assistant Association ? Front and back of current Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association (AHA) ? Three (3) Letters of Recommendation one (1) from a Dentist and two (2) from a Hygienists or Dental Assistant dated within the year and all attesting to Dental Assisting skills.