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Dental Assistant (Oakdale) - Per Diem

Location: Oakdale, CA

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the Dentist supports the doctor in clinical treatment of patients.  Provides daily maintenance of instruments, equipment and treatment rooms, and general routine maintenance of housekeeping.  Orders and maintains inventory control of supplies.
Records treatment information in the patient’s chart.  Enters type of treatment planned for next appointment and the amount of chair time, doctor time and assistant time needed.  Dismisses patients after treatment.
Under direct supervision with the Doctor present performs:
Apply non-aerosol and non-caustic agents.
Take impressions for diagnostic and opposing models.
Remove post-extraction and periodontal dressings.
Place and remove elastic orthodontic separators.
Assist in the administration of nitrous oxide.
Hold anterior matrices.
Remove sutures, arch wires, ligature ties.
Take intra-oral measurements for orthodontic procedures.
Seat adjusted retainers or headgears.
Check for loose orthodontic bands.
Apply topical fluoride.
Place and remove rubber dams.
Other duties:
Seats patients in designated treatment rooms in a timely fashion.
Take, process and mount x-rays.
Pour and trim study models.
Review medical history, progress from the previous visit, if applicable, and the scheduled treatment plan with each patient.
Inform the doctor when the patient is ready.
Assist the doctor by passing instruments, aspirating intra-oral fluids, mixing materials and medicaments.
Record treatment rendered in the patient’s chart and charge out all procedures.
Escort patients to the business area for financial follow-up and re-scheduling.
Monitor all incoming and outgoing lab cases.
Daily Maintenance:
Turn on all lights, units, nitrous equipment and automatic processors each morning.
Prepare all treatment rooms in advance for each patient.
Decontaminate all treatment rooms and sterilize all instruments after each patient appointment.
Change all chemical solutions, i.e., disinfectant soaks and sprays, sterilents, ultrasonic, presoak and x-ray processing.
Maintain cleanliness of treatment rooms, dark room, lab and sterilizing area.
Clean and flush vacuum traps.
Clean and lubricate hand pieces.
Restock all treatment rooms and other clinical support areas.
Clean sharp instruments and handle hazardous chemical in a safe manner.
Routine Maintenance:
General house cleaning (drawers, cabinets, carpet).
Clean x-ray processing rollers.
Order supplies.
Maintain inventory control of supplies.
Maintain plaster trap and lab counter areas.


Job Requirements

Minimum Education:
Dental Assistant training at an accredited school
High school graduate or equivalent required
Minimum Experience/Skills:
One (1) to two (2) years experience or equivalent training
Able to perform basic mathematical calculations
Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
Current California license/certificate if required

Physical Demands:
Lifts, positions, pushes up to 50 pounds
Considerable sitting, reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
Manual dexterity and mobility
Ability to move quickly
Vision Requirements:
Ability to adjust vision sufficiently to perform duties
Working Conditions:
Regularly exposed to the risk of contagious and blood borne diseases  
Exposure to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries, illness)
Increased stress due to multiple calls and inquiries
Able to work in spite of frequent interruptions
High exposure to communicable diseases and blood borne pathogens, rare exposure to toxic substances such as
radiation, nuclear isotopes, chemotherapeutic agent