Dental Assistant - OC
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Please note: This is an on-call opportunity only. This Dental Assistant will be called on an as-needed basis only, with no guaranteed set of hours. The Dental Assistant is responsible for chairside dental assistance duties during surgical procedures of clinical dentistry, which includes simple to complex restorative, prosthodontic, surgical, endodontic, periodontal, orthodontic and pediatric dental services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge/quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative/motivation, cooperation/relationships, problem analysis/discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral/written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability/dependability, flexibility and ownership/accountability of actions taken.
Performs chairside dental assistance duties in all phases of clinical dentistry including 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 to include conducting caries risk assessment, preventive dental and nutritional counseling, tobacco and alcohol cessation counseling, school prevention programs, retiree dental screenings, Parent University instruction, providing patient information brochures, searching the World Wide Web to obtain patient health promotion information, and other related health promotion activities.
Assists with training of student/trainee dental assistants; observes and advises students as they perform dental assistant duties.
Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.
Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor's instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.
Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and co-workers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.
Be a recent graduate from a formal dental assistant program with a curriculum of a minimum of three (3) months in length plus at least six (6) months of clinical dental assisting experience, or have at least one (1) year of clinical dental assisting experience. Dental assistants must have completed their training or have dental assisting experience within the past three (3) years.
JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES
Effective interpersonal skills with ability to maintain rapport with patients, dentists, other staff members and the community
Excellent customer service skills with ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment
Ability to comply with state dental practice requirements (e.g., x-ray proficiency, OSHA training)
Operational knowledge of dental software
Ability to maintain a clean, sterile and cheerful environment
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATION
For credentialing purposes, must provide copies of:
Certificate of completion from an ADA accredited Dental Assistant program with a minimum three (3) months in length plus at least six (6) months of clinical dental assisting experience, or have at least one (1) year of clinical dental assisting experience. Dental assistants must have completed their training or have dental assisting experience within the past three (3) years.
Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) with employment dates to show work history as a Dental Assistant
Certificate of Dental Radiology from either the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or the American Dental Assistants' Association (ADAA)
Front and back of current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association (AHA)
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: one (1) from a Dentist and two (2) from a Hygienist, Dental Assistant, or other dental professional dated within the year and all attesting to candidate's Dental Assisting skills. Or all three letters may come from previous supervising dentists.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.