Dental Assistant – Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Title:  Dental Assistant

Reports To:  

ECP Hygienist/ Dental 

Program Manager

Creation Date:  August 7, 2015

Status:  Exempt

Position Summary:

Supports dental care delivery by preparing treatment rooms, patients, instruments, and materials; passing instruments and materials; performing procedures in compliance with the dental practice act. Supports Medical-Dental Integration by working with the medical providers and CMAs as needed.

Dental Assistant Job Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Prepares dental treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
  • Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient.
  • Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering  questions and giving directions as authorized by the dentist or dental hygienist.
  • Assists dentist in completion of dental procedures by positioning instruments for dentist’s access; suctioning; passing instruments.
  • Provides materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient’s mouth.
  • Provides diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies in accordance with state regulations and dental department protocol; pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts.
  • Sterilizes instruments and disinfects surfaces in accordance with clinic policy and OSHA/Kansas Dental Board regulations.
  • Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply, and emergency telephone directory.
  • Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions as directed by the dentist or dental hygienist.
  • Documents dental care services by charting in patient records as instructed by dentist or dental hygienist.
  • Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
  • Ensures operation of dental equipment by following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs as needed, according to dental department policy/protocol.
  • Maintains dental operatory supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; compiling a supply order list; verifying receipt of supplies, as directed.
  • Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Insures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials and sharps in accordance with dental department policy and state/federal regulations.
  • Assists with and monitors patient flow; receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business and patient care.
  • Applies fluoride varnish to patients during well-child checks, asthma follow-ups and/or weight management appointments.
  • Other tasks as identified and delegated, within Kansas Dental Board scope of practice restrictions.

Requirements Education and Training:

  • High school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Graduate of an accredited dental assisting school.
  • Certified Dental Assistant and KS certification to monitor nitrous oxide-oxygen inhalation preferred.
  • Current CPR (BLS) required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Bilingual (Spanish) required.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity; preference for community health work preferred.
  • Must be punctual and reliable.
  • Must be able to work with other health care professionals to achieve maximal productivity and program effectiveness.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Prolonged sitting or standing may be required.
  • The ability to distinguish letters and symbols, a high degree of manual dexterity and  the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals, and copiers is required.
  • Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, radiation and other conditions common to a clinical environment routinely encountered (OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Classification: Category I).
  • Work under stressful conditions as well as irregular hours may be required.