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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistants | Tacoma, WA | Full Time

Job Description

Dental Assistant

COMPETENCIES:

 

  • Maintains CPR/BLS certification.
  • Cultural Competency.
  • Interpersonal Skills.
  • Good Oral/Written Communication Skills.
  • Integrity/Honesty.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •  Receives and schedules patients for treatment in dental clinic. 
  •  Obtains and records information related to medical history of patient; routes patients                                  for medical tests and services when required.
  •  Maintains dental equipment in a clean and operative condition.
  •  Orders and stores dental supplies.
  •  Performs optimum sterilization and/or disinfection procedures including proper                               instrument preparation, processing and sterilization in accordance with national policy                           and procedure and the CDC guidelines     
  •  Manages autoclave operation, maintenance and monitoring procedures to include spore                       testing per National Policy and Procedure and CDC guidelines. 
  •  Makes preparations for general dentistry and oral surgery performed in the dental clinic by               preparing instruments, equipment and materials using aseptic technique and protective barriers.
  •  Assists in monitoring patient by noting vital signs for signs of adverse reaction to treatment.
  •  Demonstrates understanding of dental materials used in the dental clinic and the ability to               properly mix and manipulate these materials per manufacturer’s recommendations.
  •  Performs operatory clean-up procedures including surface disinfection, waterline and suction           treatment, proper sharps handling and disposal methods in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  •  Packages tissue specimens and routes to pathological laboratory, per standard protocol.
  •  Changes and removes surgical dressings and removes sutures as directed.
  •  Applies the concepts of four-handed dentistry to maintain a field of operation through the use of     retraction, suction, irrigation, drying, placing and removing cotton rolls and shields, lighting, etc.,     during the following dental procedures: Oral Surgery, Restorative, Periodontal, Endodontic.
  •  Provides patient education per dentist for all types of post treatment care including specialized   instructions.
  •  Records treatment and examination information on patient records.
  •  Prepares health history and consent forms for dental procedures.
  • Operates and maintains dental X-ray equipment to take intra-and extra-oral radio graphs.
  • Develops and finishes film.
  • Takes preliminary impressions, pours and trims models from impressions, constructs base plates        and bite rims.
  • Assist in maintaining daily/ monthly statistics and preparing reports as needed.
  • Provides oral hygiene education.
  • Triages dental patients and determine appropriate referral source.
  • Maintains all required logs/ inventories: biopsy log, sharps log, tool log, chemical inventory, post-operative evaluation log, etc.
  • Maintains tool control at all times.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of broad Dentistry functions (e.g diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and emergency care.
  • Knowledge of American Dental Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention standards regarding dental care and related issues.
  • To perform four-handed dentistry, must have good finger dexterity and arm-hand steadiness, ability to work with persons from a wide diversity of ethnic and social backgrounds, ability to work with other health care providers from a variety of disciplines.
  • Registered Dental Assistants preferred. If not registered, must be a Certified Dental Assistant from a dental assisting program. X-ray certification is required per state board regulations. Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) certification is preferred, but not required.
  • Information Technology (IT): Minimal requirement is a basic level of experience in working with office technology including Microsoft Office products.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • The work may require physical exertion such as lifting objects greater than 30 pounds.
  • Required to perform CPR standing or kneeling.
  • Must be able to assist patients in and out of wheelchairs.
  • The work may necessitate some physical characteristics that will be required when responding to an emergency situation, such as running short distance, prolonged standing and working in an austere environment.

 

InGenesis is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.