Purpose of Job: Improve the overall health of the communities we serve by assisting providers in providing dental care to patients as follows: Essential Duties and Responsibilities: - Greets and escorts patient to assigned dental chair. - Reviews and updates patient charts; fill out all necessary paperwork. - Obtains blood pressure on all patients per CHAS protocol. - Assists dental provider with required procedures, exams, and patient education. - Takes and processes x-rays as needed. - Ensures dental provider signature on completed chart notes. - Ensures dental exam areas are clean, stocked, and ready for patients. Clean, prepare, and sterilize instruments. - Answers telephones and schedules patients as needed. - Observes and follows required safety protocols, including handling and disposal of sharps, use of personal protective equipment, exposure to blood borne pathogens, and general safety of employees and patients. - Perform chairside assisting in all areas of general dentistry, including restorative, crown and bridge, oral surgery, endodontics and pediatric dentistry. - Place amalgam and composite resin restorations. - Takes impressions for crowns/bridges, space maintainers, night guards, whitening trays and study models. - Performs other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Education/Experience: Completion of an accredited EFDA training program with a passing score on the EFDA exam. Expanded function dental auxiliary license in the state of Washington required at time of hire. Skills: Excellent oral and written communications skills required. Computer skills required. Knowledge in surgical and restorative dental assisting preferred. Physical Demands: Dental Assistants are required to stand one-third to two-thirds of the day. Sitting and being mobile are required one-third to two-thirds of the time. They are required to use hands to finger, handle or feel over two-thirds of the time, as well as reach with hands and arms. Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling or crouching occurs less than one-third of the time. Communicating by talking / hearing occurs over two-thirds of the day. Smelling occurs between one-third and two-thirds of the day. Amount of time spent lifting or exerting force is about 50% for up to 10 pounds and less than one-third of the time up to 25 pounds. Rarely is there a need to lift more than 26 pounds. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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