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Dental Assistant

Brattleboro, Vermont

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Not applicable
Full time, Part time
1 - 2 years of experience
High School Diploma

Published on 20 Apr 2019

Expires on 20 Apr 2019

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Dental Assistant

Position Title: Dental Assistant Reports To: Practice Manager
Status: Hourly Part time/ Full time
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
 Sitting, standing and walking for long periods
 Tolerating moderate noise levels from dental and other office equipment.
 Being comfortable in a medical office/lab setting.
 Maintaining professionalism in stressful situation.
 Minimum lifting requirements of 35 pounds in order to transfer equipment and pack and unpack supplies.
 Frequent bending, twisting, and position changes in order to examine and service patients.
 Exceptional hand eye coordination and control in order to use dental implements for exams, to provide
dentist assistance, and mix and/or place materials on dental tools, products, and in mouths.
 Frequent client and interoffice personnel interaction as this position is chair-side to dentist and heavily
dependent on excellent customer interaction.
 Near Vision—the ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer) as required for
mixing and placing materials on tools and in mouths.
POSITION SUMMARY
Under direct and indirect supervision, the dental assistant will assist the Dentist in both administrative and clinical
duties including: prepare patient for procedure or exam, sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument
trays, prepare materials, and assist during dental procedures. Provide patient and practice support services,
including, but not limited to, personal assistance, medical attention, and emotional support.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
 Assist with dental and medical emergencies according to OSHA and office procedures.
 Maintain CPR certification.
 Assist chair side during administration of nitrous oxide.
 Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
 Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
 Clean and polish removable appliances.
 Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
 Record treatment information in patient records.
 Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
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 Actively provide hand instruments and materials as needed to Dentist during exams and procedures
in order to help maintain patient comfort and Dentist’s efficiency.
 Use and maintain hazard control protocols as established by OSHA and office standards.
 Must always represent the practice in a professional, pleasant, and cooperative manner.
 Maintain regular attendance and adhere to assigned work schedule and office policies.
 Must be able to comfortably and efficiently handle multiple deadlines and task assignments.
 Must be able to work both independently and cooperatively in team settings.
 Exhibit willingness to participate in continuing education or seminars.
 Perform routine equipment maintenance and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed
 Accept other duties and tasks, as assigned periodically.
 Assist Dental Hygienist as needed.
 Perform light housekeeping around office.
SUCCESS FACTORS
 Always maintain the highest level of confidentiality to HIPAA standards.
 Adhere to strict safety guidelines and procedures to OSHA and office standards.
 Must be comfortable seeing and able to maintain a professional demeanor and attitude while working
around blood and unpleasant smells.
 Must be detail oriented in order to work efficiently in small spaces and maintain patient comfort.
 Must be flexible and understand that job duties may change from time to time and that this individual
may be asked to assist in other areas of the office.
 Must excel in forward thinking in order to anticipate the needs of the doctor as well as the patient.
 Must demonstrate active listening by giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to
understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate
times.
 Must demonstrate good reading comprehension by understanding written sentences and paragraphs
in work-related documents.
 Must demonstrate excellent communication skills by talking to others to convey information effectively.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
 High School Diploma or GED Certificate.
 Diploma or certificate from an approved dental assisting program as accredited by DANB
 Prefer two years of dental or medical practice experience.
Disclaimer:.This.job.description.may.not.be.inclusive.of.all.assigned.duties,.responsibilities,.or.aspects.of.the.job.described,.and.may.be.
amended.at.anytime.at.the.sole.discretion.of.the.Employer.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
 Offer of this  position is contingent upon successful completion of a background check,
credit check, and review of the Office of Inspector General to search against the exclusion database.