Periodontal Dental AssistantMain Line Periodontics & Dental ImplantsBryn Mawr, PA 19010 Position Title: Dental Assistant (DA)
Reports To: Dr John Whytosek and Dr Wendy Halpern
Job Summary:The DA assists in the performance of quality, caring, clinical dentistry by aiding the doctor smoothly and unobtrusively during examinations and treatment. The DA performs clinical and technical procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist as well as prepares the operatory and equipment, gets the patient ready, and maintains awareness of the comfort and safety needs of patients.
Qualifications:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty as listed below.
Records treatment information on the patient’s chart, including treatment rendered, the type of treatment planned and the amount of chair time, doctor time and assistant time needed for next appointment.
Assists the doctor by passing instruments, aspirating intra-oral fluids, mixing materials and medicaments during examinations or treatment.
Provides customer service support to patients by escorting them to and from the treatment room and prepping them for care by the doctor.
Prepares all treatment rooms including, but not limited to, set-up, decontamination, sterilization of all instruments, cleaning and restocking.
Maintains cleanliness of the sterilizing area.
Changes all chemical solutions, i.e., disinfectant soaks and sprays, sterilants, ultrasonic, presoak
Reviews patient’s medical history, progress from the previous visit, if applicable, and the scheduled treatment plan with each patient.
Ensures lights, units, nitrous equipment and automatic processors are turned on prior to the first patient.
Helps administer nitrous oxide to patients as applicable.
Cleans hand pieces, vacuum traps, and sharp instruments.
Skilled in the use of standard dental office equipment including: Autoclave, X-ray machine - Pano, Panoramic X-ray, ultrasonic, Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide, Intra Oral camera, hand pieces.
Ability to take blood pressure
Knowledge of cross contamination and how to prevent it.
Knowledge of OSHA regulations and changes.
Ability to take radiographs, including FMX, Pano and anterior PA’s.
Knowledge of English composition, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Skilled in the use of standard office equipment including: telephones, calculators, copiers, fax, computers, and computer software. Previous exp with Dentrix is a plus but not necessary
Ability to engender trust from the doctors, co-workers, and patients.
Ability to work cooperatively with management, staff, and patients.
Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete tasks in a timely and independent manner.
Ability to accept constructive criticism.
Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
Ability to collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to communicate and express thoughts and ideas competently.
Ability to quickly grasp relevant concepts regarding duties and responsibilities.
Education / Experience:
High school diploma or equivalent
Minimum of 2 year(s) relevant experience in the dental profession
Valid X-ray certificate
CPR and first aid certificate