Dental Assistant

3 weeks ago
Job ID
2017-1178
Category
Dental

Overview

AccessHealth is a private, not-for-profit community health center established in the community in 1975. We provide quality health care services for the entire family as a Federally Qualified Health Care Center with membership in the Texas Association of Community Health Centers.

 

We are always looking for dedicated, talented professionals willing to share their hearts with those we serve. Being part of our team means performing to a higher standard. AccessHealth's providers, employees, volunteers and board members will collaborate with patients, their families and other community organizations to enable patients to achieve a personal state of wellness. We address our patient's physical, social, and psychological needs through the offering of high quality services with compassion, competence and integrity.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  1. Serves as dentists, dental hygienists, or student’s chair-side assistant.
  2. Prepares operatory for patient treatment as per Dental Department protocols and the dentist’s or dental hygienist’s directions.
  3. Exposes and develops dental radiographs in accordance with state regulations and law as well as Dental Department directive and protocol.
  4. Follows guidelines for patient preparation and dismissal according to Dental Department policy and protocol.
  5. Performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with state regulation and law and Dental Department directive and protocol.
  6. Maintains Dental Department equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s directions and Dental Department policy and protocol.
  7. Maintains all Dental Department areas in compliance with Dental Department directives and protocols as well as center policies and procedures relative to infection control, exposure control and safety issues.
  8. Maintains adequate operatory supplies and compiles a list of individual item shortages for inventory control and ordering purposes.
  9. Maintains a list of all Dental Department patients, monitors patient flow, and assists the Dental Director, dentist(s) and dental hygienist(s) in assuring that all patient records and documents, including encounter forms and routing slips, are properly and accurately completed and filed.
  10. Pulls and reviews patient charts as required.
  11. Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist or dental hygienist.
  12. Receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business and patient care of the Dental Department.
  13. Assists with various clinical and administrative functions of the center as appropriate and time permits.
  14. Insures the sterility of all reusable dental instruments and equipment in accordance with Dental Department directive and protocol.
  15. Insures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials in accordance with Dental Department directive, center policy as well as state and federal regulation(s).
  16. Performs all functions in full compliance with the center’s and the Dental Department Exposure Control Plan including but not limited to the use of Personal Protective Equipment and Universal Precautions.
  17. Participates in appropriate health promotion / disease prevention activities, both on-site and off-site as required.
  18. Travels when necessary to meet operational needs.
  19. As directed by a supervisor, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives.
  20. Responsible for personal compliance in full with all applicable federal, state, local and center rules, regulations, protocols and procedures including, but not limited to, the participation of a Dental Assistant in the provision of clinical dental care, as well as those relating to, but not limited to, personnel issues, work place safety, public health and confidentiality.
  21. Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein as may be assigned or delegated.

Qualifications

EDUCATION/LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  1. High school diploma or GED certificate
  2. Registered Dental Assistant Required
  3. Completion of accredited course in dental assisting preferred
  4. Certified Dental Assistant preferred
  5. Minimum one-year dental assisting experience required
  6. High ethical standards.
  7. Well-organized and self-directed.
  8. Team player.
  9. Ability to relate to people at all levels in the organization.
  10. Good communication skills.
  11. Consumer advocate for quality health and dental care and services.
  12. Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time and to prioritize assignments and responsibilities to ensure compliance with established deadlines and protocols.
  13. Ability to operate computer, copier, and fax machine.
  14. Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

EEO Statement

AccessHealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: AccessHealth is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at AccessHealth are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. AccessHealth will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. AccessHealth encourages applicants of all ages.

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