Dental Assistant - Dental Clinic Job

Children's Health - Dental Assistants Careers

Job Number: 51615

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 3-14-2017

Description:

Position Summary

This job is responsible for providing dental assistance in support of the pediatric dentistry program.

Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Wednesday & Friday - 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday's are alternating (off every other Monday)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide personal dental assistance to a dentist or other dental clinician for the duration of a procedure.
  • Set up and tear down dental operatories between patient appointments according to universal precautions protocol.
  • Expose/process dental radiographs according to the dentist's or physician's written or verbal orders while observing safety practices.
  • Provide physical restraint during episodes of combative patient behavior.
  • Assemble dirty instruments, decontaminate and make ready for retrieval and reprocessing by Central Supply.
  • Maintain the functional readiness of dental equipment and emergency resources.
  • Teach/reinforce general oral hygiene and home care skills prescribed for patients by dentists/dental hygienists.
  • Provide general unit assistance as required.
  • Promote timely progression of care through effective team communication.
  • Assists with answering telephones.

Qualifications

Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent required and completion of an accredited dental assisting school strongly preferred

Licenses & certifications

  • Completion of dental radiography course and nitrous oxide monitoring course is required, but may be acquired in the initial year of employment.
  • Must be a registered Dental Assistant in the State of Texas, or must be able to obtain license within 60 days of employment.
  • Basic Life Support certification required.

Experience

  • No previous experience is required; two to three years of previous experience as a Pediatric Dentistry Dental Assistant is strongly preferred.

Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • The ability to hear and communicate with others in a clear, understandable, and professional manner.
  • The ability to interact with peers, medical staff, and patients/patient families in a manner that represents Children's positively.
  • The ability to interact effectively with varying personalities and in stressful situations.
  • Knowledge of dental terminology strongly preferred.

Physical demands

  • Requires observation of and rapid reaction to changeable operations and patient behavior.
  • Requires confined sitting on a regular basis.
  • Requires some physical effort for lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling and providing physical restraint for combative patients.
  • Requires visual and mental concentration on instruments, dials, readouts, and displays.
  • This job requires special protective equipment, training and adherence to prescribed rules and procedures to avoid injury/illness from exposure to hazardous chemicals, blood borne pathogens, needle sticks, radiation and nitrous oxide.
  • Requires long hours, at times, and physical stamina. May have emergency occurrences which require the ability to return to work after hours.

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