This Dental Assistant position is part of the Dental Service at the VA Nevada Health Care System in Reno, NV. Dental assistants at the full performance level provide direct patient care and perform some complex patient procedures under general supervision of more experienced dental assistants or dental supervisor. A Dental Assistant, assists the dentist by performing clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision. Dental Assistant GS-6 duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: A Staff Dental Assistant at this level is at the full performance level and will perform the full range of duties stated below. Indirect supervision is provided by a lead dental assistant, dental assistant supervisor or treating dentist. Assistance is provided to staff dentists in many aspects of patient care, clinical and clerical functions. Customer Service Shows courtesy, respect, and a positive attitude toward patients, co-workers and the public; Provides assistance to customers with questions or concerns, and provides service recovery. Chairside Assisting Properly prepares operatories for planned dental procedures; Passes instruments to the dentist in a proper, safe, and efficient manner; Keeps oral operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably; Prepares and mixes dental materials per manufacturer's instructions; Properly cleans, disinfects, maintains and stocks operatories; Assists in general and specialty dental procedures. Using the concepts of 4-handed dentistry; Assists in specialty dental procedures related to the specialty dental fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, prosthodontics, and periodontics. Procedures include but are not limited to the following: implant surgery, bone grafting, treatment of fractures, tori removal, alveoloplasty, surgical extraction, biopsy, gingivectomy, periodontal surgery, molar and surgical endodontics, specialty prosthetic appliances. Dental Imaging Images are obtained within the desired time frame. Images are characterized by good diagnostic quality; Utilizes dental imaging safety techniques , and retakes are minimized. Infection Control and Instrument Sterilization Follows proper infection control procedures at all times while performing duties; Prepares instruments and equipment properly and in a timely fashion for sterilization by SPD. Clerical Functions Schedules patient appointments; Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records. Is cross-trained in order to be able to perform essential front office duties; Assists in filling gaps in dentists' schedules due to cancellations and failed appointments. Patient Safety Responds to basic medical emergencies. Modifies care as necessitated by patient's age and abilities (patient transfer and position); Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients; Participates in patient identification and time out procedures; Monitors patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress. Employee Education Complies with Employee Education requirements and completes mandatory annual safety training. Dental Laboratory Functions Pours impressions and prepares study models; Performs other dental laboratory functions. Direct Patient Care Takes impressions for diagnostic casts; Coronal polishing of teeth; Places rubber dams and matrix bands; Removes sutures and periodontal surgical dressing; Provides post operative and other patient education. Work Schedule: Monday -Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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