The incumbent of this position is responsible for performing the duties of a dental assistant in a hospital-based dental clinic. The incumbent serves as a staff dental assistant for routine patient care and performs a full range of duties with indirect supervision from the treating dentist and dental supervisors. The incumbent is a member of a team providing direct patient care, services and support to an adult, veteran population with specialized needs.Learn more about this agency
Receives guidance from experienced staff members for complex patient issues, requires daily close supervision
Guidance from experienced staff for complex patient issues-requires daily direct supervision. Duties may include receiving and preparing patient for treatment including seating, positioning chair, placing napkin, performing disinfection and sterilization procedures; performing basic chair side assisting with direct instruction from treating dentist; reporting medical emergencies to dentist; preparing procedural trays/armamentaria set-ups; exposing and processing basic dental radiographs with direct supervision; mounting and labeling dental radiographs and/or saving digital images to the electronic medical record with direct supervision; complying with standard recommendation for equipment maintenance; retrieving all pertinent patient records prior to seating the dental patient; directing patient to appropriate staff for the intent of scheduling visits
Direct supervision for complex procedures. Duties may include responds to basic medical emergencies; measures and records vital signs; provides pre- and post-operative instructions; maintains a field of operation during dental procedures through the use of retraction, suction, irrigation, drying, placing and removing cotton rolls; using the concepts of four-handed dentistry, assists with basic restorative procedures; mixes basic dental materials; assists in preparation of laboratory prescription forms; applies pressure indicator paste to removable prostheses; exposes and processes basic dental radiographs; mounts and labels dental radiographs and/or saves digital imaging to electronic medical records; evaluates radiographs for diagnostic quality; maintains routine dental equipment per manufacturer and dental service standards
GS-6 Full Performance Level
Duty details include: set-up of dental instruments in preparation for patient treatment in a variety of treatment modes including endodontics, prosthodontics (including fabrication of provisional crowns, onlays and inlays), operative dentistry and oral surgery: passing and retrieving dental instruments with the dentist during chairside assisting: break-down of area post-treatment to include surface disinfection and instrument preparation for central sterilization. Taking of certain impressions using alginate as well as color/shape selection for artificial teeth. Administrative duties as assigned and including scheduling of appointments, documentation of patient visits, screening of consultation requests to dental, dental laboratory instructions/packing/shipping of appliances, timesheet entry/audit for full and part-time staff. Dental Laboratory fabrication of casts, wax rims, custom trays, repair of broken dentures/partial dentures, and other items/appliance repairs as needed. Complete fabrication of provisional restorations and their temporary cementation in the mouth.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:00 to 4:30 or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends.
NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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