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Dental Assistant

Department: Glendale Dental
Location: Glendale, CA

JOB SUMMARY


Responsible for assisting the Dentist in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients of the center.  The Dental Assistant is also responsible for sterilization, preparation and inventory control of dental instruments and supplies.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist.
  • Serves as dentistís chair side assistant.
  • Prepares operatory for patient treatment as per Dental Department protocols and the dentistís directions.
  • Exposes and develops dental radiographs in accordance with state regulations and law as well as Dental Department directive and protocol.
  • Performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with state regulation and law and Dental Department directive and protocol.
  • Maintains Dental Department equipment in accordance with manufacturerís direction and Dental Department policy and protocol.
  • Maintains all Dental Department areas in compliance with Dental department directives and protocols as well as center policies and procedures relative to infection control, exposure control and safety issues.
  • Maintains adequate operatory supplies and complies a list of individual item shortages for inventory control and ordering purposes.
  • Maintains a list of all Dental Department patients, monitors patient flow, and assists the Dental director, dentist in assuring that all patient records and documents are properly and accurately completed and filed.
  • Pull sand files patient charts as required.
  • Receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business and patient of the dental department.
  • Insures the sterility of all reusable dental instruments and equipment in accordance with dental department directive and protocol.
  • Insures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials in accordance with dental department directive, center policy as well as state and federal regulations.
  • Participates in appropriate health promotion / disease prevention activities, both on site and off site as required.
  • As directed by a supervisor, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieved organizational and programmatic goals and objectives.
 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • High school diploma or GED certification.
  • Certified Dental Assistant preferred.
  • At least one year experience in dental office setting.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively with others
  • Ability to be highly organized.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to speak effectively with patients, as well as employees.
  • Must have analytical and problem solving abilities. 
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions functions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to read, write and communicate effectively. 
  • Ability to present information in an easily understandable manner.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work with minimum supervision. 
  • Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Excel, Power Point and Word.
  • Flexible and able to multi-task; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems
  • Knowledge of the interrelationship of both people and functions within the Medical Office; includes knowledge of informal Medical Office goals, standards, policies and procedures.  This knowledge presumes there may be limited knowledge of other Medical Offices within the organization.
  • Knowledge of Medical Office Marketing.

PHYSICAL SKILLS & ABILITIES

Work is performed in the reception area involving frequent contact with people.  Interaction with others is constant and interruptive.  Requires lengthy periods of sitting; also bending, stretching, lifting and stooping.  Required manual dexterity, vision correctable to 20/20 and hearing must be in the range of normal for telephone contact. Ability to work in a fast paced environment that may produce stressful conditions at times.

 

NOTE: The essential job functions for this position include, but may not be limited to those listed in this job description.  Employees hired for this position must be able to perform the essential functions of this job without imposing significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.

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