Position: Dental Assistant (Temporary)
Job Location: xxx Capp St. San Francisco, CA xxxx0
The Dental Assistant (DA) is a key member of the Native American Health Center’s
four-handed dental process, and will increase dentists’ efficiency by providing
needed support. The primary responsibility of the DA is to assist dentists at
chair-side, and to support departmental staff. The DA must be professional,
objective, and have superior customer service standards.
A lab coat will be provided by the Dental Department. The DA must wear personal
protective equipment such as protective eyewear, masks and gloves and follow
specific company and OSHA procedures when handling hazardous materials. Long
hair must be tied back away from the face and no jewelry may be worn (i.e.,
earrings, rings.). Cleanliness above all is essential. Punctuality and
professional demeanor at all times is required.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Perform all duties with excellence and in accordance with the Dental Practice
Act of California.
2. Provide support to dentists. This includes following all instructions from
the assigned dentist at chair-side.
3. Greet all patients in a courteous, professional, and timely manner.
4. Ability to work in the General and Pediatric Dental Clinics.
5. Explain plaque control to all patients in a manner that ensures their
6. In collaboration with the dentists, provide oral hygiene instructions to
patients and parents/caregivers.
7. Apply topical anesthetic as requested by the assigned dentist.
8. Check patients; vital signs (i.e., blood pressure, temperature, etc.) as
necessary and/or requested by the assigned dentist.
9. Prepare operatory for patient reception, according to departmental policy.
Ensure operatory is as aseptic as possible for patient welfare.
10. Ensure pre-set trays are well maintained, and always ready to be used for
11. Proactively review chart notes for the planned treatment, in order to set up
trays and operatory appropriately.
12. Ensure all materials and instruments needed for providing treatment are
ready and available for use.
13. Prepare anesthesia for transfer to the assigned dentist.
14. Retract oral tissues in order to increase visual access into the oral
15. Remove excess moisture from the mouth by using hi-vac systems and/or air.
16. Properly transfer instruments to dentists while maintaining extremely high
attention to detail and adhering to sterilization standards.
17. Prepare and properly deliver any required restorative materials to dentists.
Obtain Informed Consent prior to dental treatment, and deliver post-operative
instructions with guidance from assigned dentist.
18. Assist clinical staff in optimizing patient flow. This will include
restocking items, seating patients, ‘floating’, and supporting other dental team
members with patient care.
19. Keep work area well organized, stocked, and clean at all times.
20. Keep uninvolved people out of the operatories at all times.
21. Take impressions for diagnostic and opposing study models.
22. Pour impressions with proper stone, package them for transport to dental
laboratory, and forward to the receptionist.
23. Operate digital dental radiographic equipment for the purpose of oral
24. Proactively inform the Dental Lead RDA of any supplies that need to be
replenished, so a consistent level of supplies is maintained at all times.
25. Assist the assigned dentist with referrals, prescription phone-ins, and
other processes involved in providing high quality dental care.
26. DA, as deemed necessary and requested by Lead RDA or supervisors, will
perform Sterilization duties in both the Dental and Pediatric Dental Clinics by
performing sterilization and maintenance procedure according to departmental
27. Patient Care: Demonstrate understanding and apply working knowledge of
safety policies and ensuring safe patient practices.
28. Employee Safety: Safely performs all duties; follows required protective
protocols to ensure personal safety as well the safety of others.
29. Must maintain compliance with ergonomic safety standards; be mindful of
posture and regularly practice ergonomic stretches.
30. Actively participate in internal quality improvement teams and work with
members proactively to drive quality improvement initiatives in accordance with
the mission and strategic goals of the organization, federal and state laws and
regulations, and accreditation standards when assigned.
31. Work extremely well under pressure, meet multiple and often competing
32. At all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with supervisors,
subordinates, colleagues, clients, vendors and the community
33. Provide translation services, as needed, for the department.
34. Engage in outreach and dental treatment off-site at Head Start and other
collaborating agencies sites when assigned.
35. All other duties as assigned by direct supervisor, assigned dentist and the
1. A high school diploma or its equivalent is required.
2. Must have DA Certification and prior experience working as a Dental Assistant
is required, preferably with a minimum of 2 years.
3. Must possess a radiological safety license.
4. Must have current CPR certification, proof of current TB test Hepatitis
Vaccine, and have had a recent physical exam.
5. Must be computer literate and have experience with Microsoft Word, Outlook,
6. Experience with NextGen, Dentrix and other database programs are preferred.
7. Knowledge of the Bay Area Native American community with a commitment to
serving Native Americans and other vulnerable patient populations is required.
8. Willingness to be trained and have the ability to retain information of the
assigned duties and responsibilities.
9. Must have strong organizational skills and technical acumen to carry out
above assigned duties. Must have high attention to detail and be able to multi-
10. Must have superior customer service skills, and be able to communicate
effectively – verbally and in writing - with varying audiences.
11. Must complete yearly OSHA training and possess up-to-date CPR certification.
12. Must work well independently and as a part of a team.
13. Spanish – speaking is a plus
Benefits: Native American Health Center (NAHC) considers our employees to be our
most valuable resource and offers an excellent benefit package: competitive
salaries, personal time off (PTO) or sick/vacation leave program, and an
employer contribution xxx(b) retirement plan to full-time regular status
employees. We also provide medical, vision, dental, flexible spending, group
term and voluntary life insurance coverage for employees and their dependents—
with a percentage of employee contribution for dependent medical premiums. Note
to Applicants: Please be advised a post job offer, pre-employment Physical and
TB test are required as a condition of employment. Additionally, you may be
asked to get a Department of Justice Fingerprinting clearance as a contingency
for an offer of employment. Criminal clearances are obtained to protect the
welfare and safety of clients receiving services at NAHC. Preference in hiring
is given to qualified Native Americans in accordance with the Indian Preference
Act (Title 25, US Code, Section xxx and xxx). Applicants claiming Indian
Preference must submit verification of Indian certified by tribe of affiliation
or other acceptable documentation of Indian heritage. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
EMPLOYER: Within the scope of Indian Preference, all candidates will receive
equal consideration without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national
origin or other non-merit factors. Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA):
Native American Health Center abides by the mandates of the ADEA (protecting
individuals 40 years and older) and considers age a non-merit factor in all
employment decisions and considerations. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
Native American Health Center abides by the mandates of the ADA and considers
disability a non-merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations.
Furthermore, NAHC will make any practical, feasible, and reasonable arrangements
to accommodate qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.