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Registered Dental Assistant – Antelope Valley

Job Code: 582
Location: Antelope Valley
Program/Department: Primary Care Clinics
Reports To: Program Director/Designee
Salary Range: Staring salary based on experience, qualification, and budget. (100% time – 40 hours per week)
FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Position Purpose: The Registered Dental Assistant is under the direct supervision of the Clinic Administrator / Designee. Within the regulatory scope of practice, the dental assistant is responsible for assisting the dentist(s) in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients at the clinic.  The Registered Dental Assistant is also responsible for sterilization, preparation and inventory control of dental instruments, supplies, and for proper infection control of all areas involving patient care.  Certain tasks may require the prior competency verification before performing.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Serves as dentists or dental hygienist’s chair-side assistant.
  2. Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist.
  3. Prepares operation procedures for patient treatment as per Dental Department protocols and the dentist’s.
  4. Completion of dental radiographs in accordance with state regulations and law, as well as Dental Department directive’s and protocols.
  5. Performs independent procedures as delegated by the dentist in accordance with state regulation, law, and Department directive’s and protocols.
  6. Maintains all Dental Department equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s directions and Dental Department policy and protocol.
  7. Maintains adequate operation supplies and compiles a list of individual item shortages for inventory control and ordering purposes.
  8. Maintains a list of all Dental Department patients, monitors patient flow, and assists the dentist(s) in assuring that all patient records and documents are properly and accurately completed and filed.
  9. Receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business and patient care of the Dental Department.
  10. Insures the sterility of all reusable dental instruments and equipment in accordance with Dental Department directive’s and protocols.
  11. Insures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials in accordance with Dental Department directives, clinic policy, as well as state and federal regulations.
  12. Participates in appropriate health promotion / disease prevention activities, both on-site and off-site as required.
  13. Maintains Dental Department compliance, relative to Infection Exposure Control, safety, and HIPPA as required by local, State, and Federal guidelines, Dental Department directives and protocols, and clinic policies and procedures.
  14. Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  1. High School diploma or GED certificate required.
  2. Credentialed as a valid licensed Registered Dental Assistant with the following certifications: Coronal polishing/X-Rays Cert/Sealants Current CPR and First Aid certificate required.
  3. Bilingual: English/Spanish also required.
  4. Current BLS certificate from the American Heart Association
  5. Two years’ experience in a dental clinic preferred.
  6. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) consider JWCH Institute, Inc. / Wesley Health Centers and its providers as Public Health Services employees, providing malpractice liability protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

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