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    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.

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    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

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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    0681 Dental Assistant

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