• DENTAL ASSISTANT

    Job Locations US-AK-Haines
    Job ID
    2019-4094
    Category
    DENTAL
    Type
    Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE)
  • About Us:

     

    SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

     

    Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

    Job Overview:

    The purpose is to facilitate delivery of dental services by assisting the dentists with direct patient care (infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric) and the day to day operation of the Dental Clinic.

    Responsibilities:

    • Dental Assisting: Greets, seat and prepare patient in appropriate treatment operatory. Prepares operatory in advance of appointment including instruments, radiographs, hand pieces, charts & supplies. Assists at chair-side using 4-handed techniques including tissue retraction, operatory air/water syringe and high speed evacuation, passing instruments, preparing dental materials, maintaining dry field etc. Assists during surgical procedures practicing sterile techniques. Verbally relays post treatment instruction to patients. Prepares, places, removes rubber dam as needed. Records examination results using proper charting protocol. Completes progress notes when appropriate. Responsible for basic laboratory procedures including custom acrylic trays fabrication, occlusal guard fabrication, pouring and trimming of diagnostic casts. Cleans, prepares, and maintains operatories, lab, central sterilization and tray set up area. Prepares & maintains trays, tubs, instrument packs, mobile carts and supplies in an organized and uniform manner. Provides routine basic maintenance of dental equipment hand pieces, autoclave, automatic x-ray developer, high speed evacuation etc. Takes impressions and bite registrations. Places and removes orthodontic ligatures, bands, separators and appliances as directed by treating dentist. Schedules appointments as instructed by the dental director and front desk manager. Able to use dental electronic record.
    • Infection Control: Follows proper infection control protocol emphasizing universal precautions as specified in Section VII of the Oral Health Program Guide for the Indian Health Service. Disinfects dental treatment rooms. Performs instrument cleaning, sterilization/disinfection, and recirculation.
    • Radiographs: Properly exposes, develops and mounts radiographs demonstrating radiological competency according to the H.S. Radiological Health and Safety Dental Program Manual. If the site is electronic able to take electronic radiographs and save them in the correct location.
    • Prevention: Working knowledge of proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques. Provides age appropriate recommendations on topical fluorides. Delivers topical fluoride and antimicrobial treatments, applies sealants and upon certification; coronal polishing
    • Professional Behavior: Displays a courteous and professional behavior. Maintains a professional appearance.
    • Other Duties: Accompanies dentist on village field trips throughout the year. In the absence of the receptionist, answers the telephone, directs calls, takes messages, manages appointment book, and maintains patient flow. Maintains and improves professional skills and knowledge. Attends dental staff meetings as scheduled. Participates in clinic Q.I. program including dental chart audits, maintenance of autoclave records. Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications:

    Education

    • High school Diploma or equivalent 

    Experience and Certification

    • 5 years dental experience or Dental Assistant training certificate
    • CPR certificate preferred
    • Radiology certificate preferred
    • Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification in: Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) is preferred (Requires 12 annual continuing dental education credits)

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    Working/Advanced Knowledge of:

    • Chair Side Dental assisting
    • Dental Radiology
    • Infection Control

    Skills:

    • Strong oral & written communication skills
    • Advanced levels of hand & eye coordination skills
    • Working level of organizational skills

    Ability to:

    • Communicate with patients and staff
    • Follow written and verbal instructions
    • Treat patients and staff with respect

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