Dental Assistant
Desert AIDS Project - Palm Springs, CA

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DENTAL ASSISTANT

Reports to: Dentist

Salary Range: $ 14.00 - $18.00 / hour
Job Status: Part-time; Hourly; Non-exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

To provide chair side assistance to a dentist; Under close supervision, take digital x-rays, and to do other work as required.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Collect and record a patientÂ’s health history;

Take digital dental x-rays;

Provide chair side assistance to the dentist;

Prepare and arrange dental instruments, equipment, and medication prior to scheduled appointment;

Prepare patients for treatment and examination;

Prepare local anesthetic syringes for the dentist;

Assist dentist with needed instruments from the tray;

Communicate with patients during dental procedures;

Clean and sterilize instruments;

Perform post-operative cleanup as needed;

Instruct patients in proper practices of dental hygiene as needed;

Prepare dental material, composite, cements, impression materials etc.;

Update dental charting in EMR system for each patient;

Other relevant duties as assigned.

TRAINING, EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES

Education: Graduation from high school, possession of a Certificate of Proficiency issued by the California State Board of Education, or attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test.

Experience: One year of experience providing chair side dental assistance; Completion of a recognized curriculum for dental assistants may be substituted for the required experience.

Knowledge: Must have good knowledge of:

Dental assistant procedures;

Principles and methods of sterilization;

Proper care and use of dental instruments, equipment, and materials.

License/Certificate:

Valid certificate of compliance issued by the California State Board of Dental Examiners indicating successful completion of an examination in radiation safety; or completion of an American Dental Association or California State Board of Dental Examiners certified course in principles of Radiation Safety.

ABILITY TO:

Ability to take digital dental x-rays;

Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written directions;

Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

Work efficiently and accurately in a fast paced environment with multiple priorities;

Interface effectively in a team environment with agency staff and volunteers;

Handle crisis and stressful situations in an effective, calm and respectful manner;

Proficient in verbal and written use of English grammar;

Familiar with computer programs and ability to learn and use the EMR system in house.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Ability to interpret client files and dental charts;

Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of individuals;

Relate to all types of individuals in a courteous non-judgmental and professional manner;

Bilingual/bicultural preferred.

Desert AIDS Project is an EOE and a Drug Free Workplace. We value diversity and encourage women and minorities to apply for open positions.