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    Summary

    Staff Dental Assistant is an integral member of the dental treatment team and assists the dentist in many aspects of direct patient care and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently

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    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:
    Customer Service

    • Shows courtesy, respect, and a positive attitude for patients, co-workers and the public.
    • Provides assistance to customers with questions or concerns, provides service recovery .
    Chairside Assisting
    • Sets up operatory and/or surgery suite for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover.
    • Passes instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently.
    • Keeps operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably.
    • Prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturer's instructions.
    • Accomplishes all intra-operative procedures within standard infection control protocols.
    • Assists in routine general dental procedures using concepts of four-handed dentistry.
    Dental Imaging
    • Exposes both standard and specialty dental imaging in a digital format.
    • Modifies setting to achieve the images as requested by the provider.
    • Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed.
    Infection Control and Equipment Sterilization
    • Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning operatory.
    • Disinfects oral appliances to prevent cross contamination.
    Clerical Functions
    • Assists in filling gaps in the doctor's schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments.
    • Initiates computerized progress notes.
    Information Management
    • Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information.
    Patient Safety
    • Modifies care as necessitated by patient's age and abilities (patient transfer and position).
    • Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients.
    Employee Education
    • Complies with Employee Education requirements and mandatory annual safety training sessions .
    Dental Laboratory Functions
    • Pours impressions and prepares study models.
    • Makes final denture impression trays and prepares bite rims.
    Direct Patient Care
    • Monitors patient vital signs (BP, pulse, pulse oximeter) and condition during invasive treatment and during recovery period following procedure.
    • Applies topical anesthetic at the injection site.
    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    This is a Bargaining Unit position.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required between facilities for training purposes.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0681 Dental Assistant

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563813400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.