Ortho Dental Assistant - Clearwater Float
Coast Dental Services, Inc.
Are you looking to work for a practice that offers stability and operates with integrity? Would you like to work for a dentist with an excellent reputation in the community and among dental peers?
Look no further. Coast Dental & Orthodontics follows COVID-19 CDC Guidelines and ADA recommendations and makes every effort to create and maintain an environment that is safe for our team and patients. We provide PPE that includes high volume evacuation devices for intraoral use, face shields, N95 masks, along with gowns, hair bouffant, feet/shoe coverings and gloves. Plus, we allow 15 minutes after every patient to properly clean and disinfect operatories.
Who is Coast Dental?
We are a family established, owned, and operated DSO (that means dental service organization if you were curious), so we aren't your typical cookie cutter dental corporation. At Coast Dental, you are part of a family, the kind you don't want to rush away from after a long Thanksgiving dinner.
We can tell you why we're great, but our long-standing team members are the real testament. Why do they stay? Because we invest in them and their continuing education and personal growth. And, because we like to have fun while working hard in a respectful environment.
A dental assistant assists the dentist in providing dental treatment, care and education to patients. Must possess knowledge and skill of clinical procedures, processes and dental administrative functions.
Duties and Responsibilities
* Welcome and escort patient from reception area and to and from the treatment areas. Schedule appointments and assist in appointment confirmation calls.
* Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patient.
* Recognize signs of a dental emergency, and insure proper and timely response and notification to patient, staff, and emergency medical personnel when necessary.
* Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
* Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
* Assist orthodontist with orthodontic treatment in accordance with the delegable duties allowable by state.
* Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by Dentist.
* Sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials and assist dentist during dental procedures.
* Learn and comply with state and Federal OSHA laws, infection control, safety standards in the dental office and operatory, including but not limited to: wearing personal protective (PPE) barriers such as gloves, scrubs, and eye wear; disinfecting and sterilizing instruments and treatment areas; and disposing properly of contaminated or bio-hazardous waste/materials.
* Learn and comply with Coast Dental's administrative procedures.
* Insure review and completion of documentation, including but not limited to: accurate and current medical history, medical alerts, and signed Consent forms.
* Document/chart all dental procedures performed during each patient visit according to dentist's instructions and legal requirements.
* Effectively provide dental education and information to insure patient awareness of dental health and continuing treatment.
* Effectively present to patient the dental treatment plan and proposed plan for continuing treatments in professional and confidential manner.
* Communicate with the patient all treatment to be rendered and financial obligation prior to starting procedure to avoid patient conflict. Understand and explain insurance benefits and financial options to patients in non-clinical terms.
* Ensure treatment rooms are appropriately equipped and stocked with inventory and re-order when necessary.
* Notify Office Manager of equipment trouble/need for a trouble ticket or general safety concerns.
* Understand and agree to maintain production standards.
* Effectively utilize and maintain a system of contact for patient follow-up/re-care.
* Maintain professional working environment within office team.
* Attend and participate in morning huddles, chart reviews, and regular office meetings.
* Adhere to OSHA compliant uniform attire and basic personal hygiene standards per Company policy.
* Attend continuing education and training seminars as scheduled.
* Understand and abide by HIPAA regulations and maintain confidentiality.
* Follow policies listed in the employee manual to ensure consistent standards.
* Maintain a constant line of communication with the Office Manager to establish monetary goals and insurance concerns.
* Assist in the office cleaning, trash disposal and trouble ticket submission to correct any office maintenance issues.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
* Excellent customer services skills and verbal communication skills. Ability to read, write, speak and understand information. Ability to effectively present information one-on-one with patients.
* Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out details written or verbally instructed.
* Basic computer knowledge and experience with dental management software experience. EagleSoft experience is preferred.
* Ability to work in fast paced, patient-focused environment.
Qualifications (Experience, Education, Licensure, Certification)
* Previous dental assisting experience required.
* 2 - 5 years dental assisting experience preferred.
* Meet Texas State Board of Dental Examiner's requirements and obtain Registered Dental Assistant certificate in Texas.
* Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate.
* Meet continuing education requirements and maintain Registered Dental Assistant certificate in Texas.
* Registered Patient Care Coordinators work in a well-lit, clean environment. Their work area is usually near the dental chair so that they can arrange instruments, materials, and medication and hand them to the dentist when needed.
* Registered Patient Care Coordinators must wear gloves, masks, eyewear, and protective clothing to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.
* Registered Patient Care Coordinators also follow safety procedures to minimize the risks associated with the use of x-ray machines and other equipment.