DENTAL HEALTH AIDE THERAPIST

Job Locations US-AK-Hoonah
Job ID
2021-5860
Category
DENTAL
Type
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE) -A1

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 of this position is to provide limited scope of dental services to patients throughout the consortium. Provides occasional field trips to villages throughout the year.  

 

Provides dental services at home base and to outlying communities. A Dental Health Aide Therapist is a position that is new to the United States and may encounter some skepticism at first from patients. Works at providing care to high risk patients. Works on moving patients from a high risk patient to a low risk patient.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide limited scope of dental procedures to patients including operative restorations, emergency triage and care, simple extractions, dental prophylaxis and preventive care.
  • Provides oral hygiene instruction and education. Applies topical fluorides and sealants, organizes and participates in various community prevention and education activities, ie school screenings, Head Start screenings, school oral health programs, Health Fairs, etc.
  • Follows protocol emphasizing universal precautions as specified in section VII of the Oral
  • Health Program Guide for the Indian Health Service and in the SEARHC Infection Control Manual.
  • Ensures completion of no less than 16 hours of direct supervision chairside or on a typodont by a dentist on a quarterly basis.
  • Maintains and improves professional skills and knowledge through various approved training activities.
  • Attends dental and field clinic staff meetings as scheduled or requested.
  • Participates in clinic QI Program including dental chart audits and maintenance of dental equipment.
  • Assists in general clinic activities as requested.
  • Collects and maintains statistics on dental care and services provided as requested.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Associate Degree or 2 years of successful college level course work.
  • Accredited School of Dental Therapy or its equivalent and Preceptorship
  • Pre-session or Session I training course provided by CHA/P Training Center

Experience:

  • Clinical Preceptorship under direct supervision of a dentist for a minimum of three months or 400 hours whichever is longer.

 Certifications:

  • Federal Certification by the Community Health Aide Program Certification Board
  • Basic Life Support

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge

  • Working knowledge of proper infection control techniques
  • Ability to diagnose and treat dental problems
  • Working knowledge of scope of practice

Skills

  • Clinical hygiene skills
  • Oral and written communication skills

Abilities

  • Accurate clinical judgment
  • Physically able to sit over patient for hours at a time.
  • Dexterity with hands

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