In collaboration with patients, families (as defined by the patient) and staff across all disciplines and departments is responsible for providing chair-side assistance to the dentist.
Assist dentist with oral hygiene instruction.
Take, develop and mount X-rays.
Take impressions of dentures for dental appliances.
Order and maintain supply inventory.
Perform procedures to compily with infection control policies and prepare operatories for patient treatment.
Accurately and completely report and document status, care rendered, response to care, provider orders, contacts with patient and/or other healthcare providers.
Maintain patient follow up procedures.
Assist front desk staff when needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Complete all direct and indirect care documentation in timely manner and ensure patient records are current and complete.
Attend daily patient care (unit) huddles and periodic informational (clinic) huddles, meetings, patient conferences, or planning sessions. These may be related to quality assurance, patient care and other related topics within the clinic.
Attend seminars and maintain all licensure and/or certification requirements for continuing education and best practices.
Participate in quality strategies to evaluate compliance with evidence-based guidelines, standards and to identify opportunities to improve patient outcomes.
Ensure all tasks provided and associated with patient care, patient administrative processes and related duties comply with all regulatory and accreditation standards including The Joint Commission and CommUnityCare Standard Operating Procedures and CommUnityCare Policies and Procedures.
Develop and maintain favorable internal relationships, partnerships with co-workers, including clinical managers, clinical support staff, providers and business office staff.
Interact respectfully and collaboratively with patients and their families, striving to develop favorable relationships with families.
Collaborate with all members of the care team in providing patient-centered care.
High level of skill at building relationships and providing excellent customer service.
Requisite skills and ability to perform certain dental tasks as assigned.
Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to utilize computers for data entry and information retrieval.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Graduation from high school or equivalent.
Completion of an accredited course in dental assistance.
Dental assisting license issued by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
Current healthcare provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course completion card and will be required to maintain a current CPR certification during employment.
Knowledge and Experience
1 year experience in the dental field.
Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of dental assisting