The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Responsibilities may include:
assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
prepares and breaks down treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols
taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
asking about the patient's medical history and taking vitals
serving as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
monitor and record patient vitals during use of nitrous oxide and oral sedation
discuss and provide instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling)
fabricate provisional restorations following crown and bridge procedures
teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;
(e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
taking impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth)
Dental Assistant Minimum Requirements:
Certification or associate degree in an accredited dental assistance program.
Dental x-ray certification.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Experience using computers for a variety of tasks.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Consistently professional appearance and attitude.
Able to provide great patient care.
Dental Assistant Preferred Requirements:
2+ years experience as a Dental Assistant
Ability to cross train and perform front office functions
Ability to work extended hours including nights and weekends
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.