Title: Dental Assistant
ECP Hygienist/ Dental
Creation Date: August 7, 2015
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.