EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR - On-Call ( Job Number: 152552 )
Kaiser Permanente - Tigard, OR

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Provide direct support to dentists, hygienists, denturists & other provider personnel in the delivery of dental care & service within a KP dental office.

Essential Functions:
Perform all of the duties permitted a dental assistant consistent with the individual's training & in the presence of or under the observation of a licensed provider as referenced in state dental practice act & the related administrative rules
• These duties to include:
• Apply topical anesthetic & desensitizing agents, as directed by the provider
• Removal of sutures & post-extraction & periodontal dressings
• Retract a patient's cheek, tongue, or other tissue during an operation
• Assist in the placement or removal of a rubber dam
• Remove debris created during operative procedures with a vacuum device, compressed air, mouth washes, or water
• Extra-oral procedures which are not hazardous
• Inspect the oral cavity using a mirror
• Dry root canals with paper points
• Place temporary filling material into the endodontic access
• Take impressions for periodontal night guard
• Polish the coronal surfaces of teeth when a dentist or hygienist has determined teeth are free of calculus
• Train persons (patients) in techniques of oral hygiene & prevention of oral disease
• Place films (dental radiographs), adjust equipment preparatory to exposing films, & expose films
• In support of the practice of a dentist provider who is not an orthodontist:
• Preliminary select & size bands
• Remove fixed orthodontic appliances
• Check for loose bands & brackets
• Remove ligature ties & head appliances
• Place & remove arch wires, elastics & orthodontic separators
• Take intra-oral measurements for orthodontic procedures
• Remove supra-gingival orthodontic bracket bonding material with a h& piece that does not exceed 25,000 revolutions per minute
• Place ligature ties & head appliances
• Train persons (patients) in techniques of oral hygiene & prevention of oral disease
• Place films (dental radiographs), adjust equipment preparatory to exposing films, & expose films
• Organize patient's dental record consistent with established guidelines, confirm its availability & assure that it is in order & ready for provider's use at the time care & service is to be provided
• Greet, introduce self to, & inform patient of general treatment to be provided & provider to be seen consistent with established KP behavioral guidelines
• Review health questionnaire with patient & notify provider of reported conditions that could affect treatment
• Promote patient's emotional comfort by gaining rapport, instilling confidence & promoting tranquility
• Inform & answer patient's &/or parent's questions regarding care & service provided as directed by provider
• Anticipate needs of provider in the delivery of patient care & service
• Communicate information important to maintaining the proper scheduling & flow of patients consistent with information recorded in the patient's dental record
• Prepare, organize, arrange & pass dental instruments, supplies & materials as requested by the provider & required by established guidelines
• Record &/or verify all patient care & service related information on all necessary forms & documents consistent with established guidelines & in a manner that accurately reflects the information documented in the patient's dental record
• As required in support of direct patient care activities, enter, retrieve & transmit patient care & service related information via the program's automated patient & provider scheduling system (team), consistent with established guidelines & training
• This job description is not all encompassing
Basic Qualifications:
One (1) year of experience as a dental assistant or a graduate from an ADA accredited dental assisting program
• High school diploma or GED
• Current Oregon Certificate of Dental Radiological Proficiency upon hire
• Oregon EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) certification within ninety (90) days of hire date
• Pit and Fissure Sealant certification within 120 day of hire date
• Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers within ninety (90) days of hire date
• The individual applicant for this position must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the individual performing the selection interview, the following qualifications if he or she is to be selected. Furthermore, consistent with the fact that these qualifications are required for selection, they then must be satisfactorily maintained by the individual as a condition of continued employment:
• Demonstrated competence in four-handed dentistry technique
• Satisfactory level of knowledge and proficiency in use of current dental materials, instruments and equipment
• Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and work effectively under both direct and indirect supervision
• Well organized in use of time and effort
• Demonstrated capacity to act in a professionally courteous manner when interacting with patients, providers and other employees - good interpersonal skills
• Excellent attendance record
• Final candidate is required to pass a clinical pre-employment skills test
Preferred Qualifications:
Basic knowledge of sterilization and infection control equipment is preferred
Salary Range:
$16.61 - $20.69

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