Dental Assistant - Pediatric dental office, seeking experienced operatory &
hygiene assistant with superior patient and parent communication skills
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
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
- 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.
- Bilingual Preferred
- 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 history check.
- 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
- Use suction to keep patients mouth clear and dry during dental procedures,
pass instruments to the Dentist, apply topical anesthetic, take impressions
- 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
- 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 HIPAA 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
? Communication Proficiency.
? Professional Demeanor.
? Customer/Client Focus.
? Patient Advocate.
? Ethical Conduct.
? Regulatory Compliance.
? Organizational Skills
? Time Management.
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
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 may be needed required between 3 offices