The Dental Assistant assists the dentist in the care and treatment of dental patients. The Dental Assistant functions both as a dental chair side assistant and an office assistant.
1. Greets patients in the waiting area and escorts patients to the operatory;
2. Assists the dentist during examination and treatment of patients;
3. Provides diagnostic aid, including exposing and developing radiographs, taking and recording medical and dental histories, recording vital signs and taking preliminary impressions for study casts as needed;
4. Helps patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment;
5. Maintains and updates continuously, patient information, and ensures that patient’s information is accurate at every visit;
6. Performs prophylaxis and fluoride treatments on children, and give oral hygiene instructions;
7. Prepares operatory, instruments, and patient for dental treatment;
8. Coordinates arrival and departure of patient with Patient Services Advisor;
9. Properly cleans and sterilizes (or disinfect when appropriate) instrument equipment, operatory, and laboratory as patient flow or procedures dictate;
10. Prepares work areas and instruments for dentist; keeping work area neat and orderly; cleans, oils and sets up equipment; dust and disinfects surfaces; sterilizes instruments; sets up instrument trays;
11. Serves as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment;
12. Gives post-operative instructions to the patient as prescribed by the dentist;
13. Teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;
14. Possesses a working knowledge of medical emergencies and assist in the management of them;
15. Assists dentist in screening and education programs, including off-site;
16. Assists the front desk staff when necessary. Should know how to utilize the Dentrix soft ware.
17. Reviews inventory to maintain adequate supplies; ensuring materials have not surpassed expiration date for use;
18. Restocks operatories as needed. Orders supplies and maintains inventory control as assigned by the Dental Manager;
19. Responsible for maintenance of autoclave, x-ray developer, and water system as specified intervals;
20. Other duties as assigned in order to support the functioning of the organization.
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.
High school graduate or an approved GED Program;
Current CPR Certification;
Certificate of completion/graduation of an approved dental assistant program;
Successful completion of a Certified Dental Assistant Examination;
Florida Dental Radiographer Certification.
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Previous Dental Assistant experience;
Expanded Functions Certification;
OTHER ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS
Commitment to providing high quality healthcare to patients in underserved communities;
Ability to work effectively in a team environment;
Ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload;
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
Must have the demonstrated ability to deal with highly confidential information.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of dental terminology;
Knowledge of dental assisting principles and practices;
Skill in using dental instruments and equipment;
Ability to instruct patients in preventive dental techniques;
Ability to communicate effectively;
Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel;
Knowledge of Federal, State and institutional regulations for the provision of dental outpatient services;
Ability to work with children, parents, teachers, and other adults in clinical settings;
Knowledge of patient record maintenance procedures;
Knowledge of digital x-ray equipment;
Good oral and written communication skills;
Ability to use sound judgment;
Possess a calm disposition and the ability to work easily with people.
This position will work in a standard dental operatory and/or in the mobile dental unit. The dental unit operatory is limited in space and requires the ability to work in an enclosed environment. Employee must be able to maintain professional and calm demeanor while dealing with children and adults.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; talk or hear, taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to sit and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
EXPECTATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
Behave ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others are consistent with these standards and align with the values of the organization.
Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization.
Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
Organization: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve problem.
AT- WILL EMPLOYMENT
ECC is an At-Will employer. This means that either you or ECC can end your employment relationship at any time, for any reason, or no reason, not prohibited by law unless you have signed a written employment contract as agreed to by the Executive Director of ECC.