Katy Trail Community Health
  • Sedalia, MO, USA
  • Full Time

Katy Trail Community Health is seeking an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant who has comprehensive knowledge of dental assisting techniques and procedures for all phases of general dentistry. Knowledge of modern dental materials, their storage, handling and applications is required. The Dental Assistant must be cognizant of the expectations and concerns of the center's dental patients and be able to respond in an empathetic and professional manner. The ability to work with persons from a wide diversity of social, ethnic and economic backgrounds is necessary. The Dental Assistant must be able to creatively work with other health care professionals from a variety of disciplines to achieve maximal results for the center's patient from a system of integrated primary health care.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
Places temporary restorative material in teeth under the direction and review of a dentist, placing and removing matrix retainers for alloy and composite restorations, removing temporary crowns and cleaning teeth in preparation for final cementation, and performing preliminary fitting of crowns.
Performs expanded duty functions, including oral prophylaxis, applying pit and fissure sealant.
Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist or dental hygienist.
Serves as dentist's or dental hygienist's chair-side assistant.
Prepares operatory for patient treatment as per Dental Department protocols and the dentist's or dental hygienist's directions.
Exposes and develops dental radiographs in accordance with state regulations and law as well as Dental Department directive and protocol.
Performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with state regulation and law and Dental Department directive and protocol.
Maintains Dental Department equipment in accordance with manufacturer's directions and Dental Department policy and protocol.
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.
Maintains adequate operatory supplies notifies lead assistant when materials are low for inventory control.
Assists the Dental Director, dentist(s) and dental hygienist(s) in assuring that all patient records and documents are properly and accurately completed and filed.
Receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business and patient care of the Dental Department.
Schedule patients and make appropriate notes in dental chart about scheduled appointments.
Assists with various clinical and administrative functions of the center as appropriate and time permits.
Insures the sterility of all reusable dental instruments and equipment in accordance with Dental Department directive and protocol.
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).
Performs all functions in full compliance with the center's and the Dental Department Exposure and Infection Control Plan including but not limited to the use of Personal Protective Equipment and Universal Precautions.
Participates in appropriate health promotion / disease prevention activities, both on-site and off-site as required.
Travels when necessary to meet operational needs.
As directed by a supervisor, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives.
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.
Maintain an above average attendance record.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Must be able to see, hear, read, write, kneel, stand, sit and lift up to 25 lbs.
Must be able to handle stressful situations
Possess cognitive skills necessary to understand medical terminology
Maintain professional appearance and attitude at all times
Must maintain patient confidentiality at all times
Must demonstrate tact, patience, and good communication skills in dealing with patients, staff, and the public

Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma or GED certificate
Completion of accredited course in Expanded Function Dental Assisting.
Must maintain current CPR Certification.
Ability to attend to multiple tasks at the same time and to prioritize assignments and responsibilities to ensure compliance with established deadlines and protocols.
Effective oral and written communication skills in English are required. Effective oral communication skills in Spanish preferred.

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