Purpose and summary of role
The primary purpose of the Dental Assistant (DA) role is to ensure the Dentists are
set up for success prior to interfacing with patients and during patient
procedures. The DA clearly communicates to Dentist – the patients’ needs/request
and other education, procedures, diagnosis and treatment related matters prior to
treatment. The DA perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties,
in addition to performing work chair-side as Dentist examines and treat patients
and works proactively to ensure Dentist clinical/hygiene needs are met. The DA is
responsible for making patients comfortable as they are seated in the dental chair,
prepares patient for treatment, and obtains the accurate patient dental records.
The DA is responsible for handing instruments and materials to Dentist and also
responsible for keeping the patients' mouths dry and clear by using suction or
other devices. The DA is responsible for sterilizing and disinfecting instruments
and equipment, preparing trays of instruments for dental procedures, and
instructing patients on postoperative and general oral health care.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a
comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required
of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at
any time with or without notice.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
High school diploma or GED.
MUST be willing to travel between 3 locations with the doctor.
Must be detail oriented and organized
Must possess excellent customer service skills and work well under pressure
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office suite and desk top publishing
Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work independently as well as with a team
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
Must pass criminal background check
Preferred Education and Experience
1-year experience as a Dental or Medical Assistant.
2 or more years of chairside assisting experience
Pediatric assisting experience preferred
Certified Dental Assistant.
Use of dental/medical technology.
Ability to connect with patients.
Driven and works with a sense of urgency.
Has the ability to multi-task.
Professional, courteous and approachable demeanor.
Expanded duties certificates (sealants, X-Ray’s and nitrous monitoring)
Additional Eligibility Requirements
Current CPR certification.
Employee must submit to a post offer, pre-employment physical examination/medical
Employee may be required to submit to an annual Tuberculosis (TB) and Rubella
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.
Retrieve patient's records and escort patients to proper dental specialty section;
seat and prepare patient for attending Dental Officer; assist the Dental Officer by
preparing dental instruments, essential materials, drugs, and medications.
Use suction to keep patients mouth clear and dry during dental procedures, pass
instruments to the Dentist, apply topical anesthetic, make temporary crowns, take
impressions, pour up models.
Perform Zoom Whitening Procedures.
Prepare whitening trays with proper bleach and make proper notation in the
patient’s chart and on the whitener sheet in the assistant’s closet
Assist Patients with disabilities to lie back in dental chair for procedures.
Required to keep instruments sterilized and the sterilization area clean and
Maintain a tidy, neat and organized supply closet.
Triage emergency patients.
Maintain a clean and stocked Operatory at all times, to ensure it’s ready for use
for any procedure.
Sterilized all operatory equipment between every patient
Change suction filters weekly.
Set up for each procedure. Be prepared for any procedure at any time. The dental
assistant should never have to leave the room to get supplies or instruments.
All equipment, cart, and bins should be stocked and ready for use. Bur blocks and
trays should be ready to use. The supplies should be easily found by another
employee working in your operatory.
Change water and suction filters located outside in utility room.
Take radiographs of patients.
Provide Post-Operative instructions as directed by Dentist.
Make sure any x-rays and narratives necessary for insurance are attached to the
front of the patient’s chart and given to the insurance coordinator. (This includes
claims for payment as well as pre-estimates).
Ensure proper documentation is made on the route slip, in the treatment area of the
patient’s chart in the comment area of the patient’s chart, on the hygiene sheet,
and on the treatment plan sheet prior to patients’ departure.
Give chart and route slips to Dentist after all patient procedures are completed
for review and signature.
Inform Ordering Assistant of dental supplies that are running low on dental
supplies via written onto the supply order list.
Unpack dental supply orders as they are delivered. Breakdown boxes and place
outside for disposal.
Ensure composite lights are charged daily.
Gather all lab statements/invoices and match them to the lab bill.
Follow all OSHA and HIPPA laws and regulations.
Take out operatory trash daily.
The job description provides a framework for the job and is not an all-inclusive
list of duties required for this job, other duties may be assigned as necessary.
This job operates in a medical/clinical environment. This role routinely uses
standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets
and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by
an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The employee frequently is required to talk and hear; stand for long periods of
time; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The
employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to blood
and blood-borne pathogens and/or physical risks, which will require OSHA training.
Position Type and Expectations of Work Hours
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday 30-
45 hours a week.
Weekly travel is required between 3 offices within a 20-25-mile radius of one