The Dental Assistant assists the dentist in many aspects of direct patient care and performs other clinical and clerical functions under general supervision. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES: CUSTOMER SERVICE: Shows courtesy, respect, and positive attitude for patients, co-workers and the public. Responds to patients, families, visitors and staff requests for assistance in a prompt, friendly and cooperative manner. CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING: Sets up operatory for planned dental procedures and cleans dental unit for timely turnover. Obtains and records vital signs in the medical rec ord. Passes instruments safely, accurately and efficiently. Keeps operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably. Prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturer instructions. Accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols. Assists in routine general dental procedures such as oral maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, prosthodontics and surgical periodontics. DENTAL IMAGING: Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed. Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized. INFECTION CONTROL AND EQUIPMENT STERILIZATION: Follows standard operating procedures for all RME used in the dental clinic Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatories Instruments are properly prepared for sterilization by SPS Standards. Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in exposing radiographic images. Transportation of soiled linen to soiled linin utility closet on daily basis. CLERICAL FUNCTIONS: Assists patients in scheduling appointments. Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in the patient's records. Assists in filling gaps in doctor's schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information. Follows VA Computer Security and Privacy Regulations PATIENT SAFETY: Modifies care as necessitated by patient's age and abilities Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients Participates in patient identification and time our per VA-JACHO requirements Monitor patient (BP, pulse, EKG, pulse oximeter), for signs of physical distress and condition during moderate sedation and during recovery period following procedure. EMPLOYEE EDUCATION: Complies with Employee Education and TMS Requirements Completes mandatory annual safety training and RME sessions. DENTAL LABORATORY FUNCTIONS: Pours impressions and prepares study models Makes final denture impression trays and prepares bite rims Performs other dental laboratory functions as time and skill levels allow. DIRECT PATIENT CARE: Removes sutures and removal of periodontal surgical dressing Impressions for diagnostic casts and preliminary impressions for prosthetic fabrication Removes temporary crown/bridge and clean took preparation of debris Recement and fabricate temporary crowns Coronal polishing of teeth Place rubber dams and matrix bands Provides post-operative and another appropriate patient education Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, Variable 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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