Position Title: Dental Assistant Effective Date:03/05/xxxx
Reports To: Practice Dentist, Associate Dentist, or Office Manager, as assigned
Status: Non-exempt, Regular, “At-will” Work Status, Part-time/Full-time
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Standing 80%.
• Sitting 20%.
• Moderate noise levels from dental and other lab equipment.
• Medical, office, and lab setting.
• Minimum lifting requirements of 35 pounds in order to transfer equipment
and pack and unpack supplies.
• Frequent bending, twisting, and position changes in order to examine and
• Exceptional hand eye coordination and control in order to use dental
implements for exams, to provide
dentist assistance, and mix and/or place materials on dental tools, products,
and in mouths.
• Frequent client and interoffice personnel interaction as this position
is chair-side to dentist and heavily dependent on excellent customer
• Near Vision—the ability to see details at close range (within a few feet
of the observer) as required for mixing and placing materials on tools and in
• Potential occupational exposure to trace amounts of nitrous oxide and/or
Under direct and indirect supervision, the dental assistant will assist the
Dentist in both administrative and clinical duties including: prepare patient
for procedure or exam, sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument
trays, prepare materials, and assist during dental procedures. Provide patient
and practice support services, including, but not limited to, personal
assistance, medical attention, and emotional support.
• Assist with dental and medical emergencies according to OSHA and office
• Maintain CPR certification.
• Assist chair side during administration of nitrous oxide.
• Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
• Assists in directing the dentist on the next patient to provide a flow
to the practice.
• Proper radio communication with other clinical and front desk team
members to ensure the practice remains on schedule.
• Complete chart review daily in order to inform doctor of patient notes,
parents concerns, etc. to provide the dentist with a clear vision of the day’s
• Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations
for mounting study casts.
• Clean and polish removable appliances.
• Prepare patient trays daily.
• Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of
• Document treatment information in patient chart daily. Morning patients
should be complete at lunch time and afternoon patients before end of day.
• Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
• Actively provide hand instruments and materials as needed to Dentist
during exams and procedures
in order to help maintain patient comfort and Dentist’s efficiency.
• Using and maintaining hazard control protocols as established by OSHA
and office standards.
• Must always represent the practice in a professional, pleasant, and
• Maintain regular attendance and adhere to assigned work schedule and
• Must be able to comfortably and efficiently handle multiple deadlines
and task assignments.
• Must be able to work both independently and cooperatively in team
• Occasionally there may be some travel, by car or plane, required in
order to participate in continuing
education or seminars.
• Order supplies as needed.
• Ensure all labs are sent and received to provide excellent and timely
service to patients.
• Ensure all treatments plans are signed.
• Perform routine equipment maintenance and determining when and what kind
of maintenance is needed.
• Other duties and tasks, as assigned periodically.
• Always maintain the highest level of confidentiality to HIPAA standards.
• Adhere to strict safety guidelines and procedures to OSHA and office
• Adhere to office policy and procedures when collecting payments.
• Must be comfortable seeing and able to maintain a professional demeanor
and attitude while working
around blood and unpleasant smells.
• Must be detail oriented in order to work efficiently in small spaces and
maintain patient comfort.
• Must be flexible and understand that job duties may change from time to
time and that this individual
may be asked to assist in other areas of the office.
• Must excel in forward thinking in order to anticipate the needs of the
doctor as well as the patient.
• Must demonstrate active listening by giving full attention to what other
people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking
questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
• Must demonstrate good reading comprehension by understanding written
sentences and paragraphs
in work-related documents.
• Must demonstrate excellent communication skills by talking to others to
convey information effectively.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
• High School Diploma or GED Certificate.
• Diploma or certificate from an approved dental assisting program as
accredited by CODA.
• Preferred two years of dental or pediatric practice experience.