Job Title: Dental Assistant (DA)/Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Reports To: Program Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Effective Date: January 2nd 2017
Position Status: Full-Time
Pay Range: TBA
Location: Big Bear, CA
Provide dental assistance services for Center for Oral Health’s clinical programs. The DA and or RDA is the liaison between the dentist and the patient. He/she will maintain communication with the dentist, patient, and the front office staff to ensure that all patients receive a positive experience.
The DA/RDA will work closely with the Program Manager and is responsible for assisting dentists and hygienists on and as needed/assigned basis. This may include helping with clinical duties allowed by law in the provision of services in a Regional Health Clinic Location. He or she may provide assistance with content, products, coding and billing.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
• Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
• Asking about the patient's medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse
• Serving as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocols and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
• Helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
• Providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling)
• Teaching patient’s appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
• Taking impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth)
• Performing office management tasks that often require the use of a personal computer
• Communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies)
• Helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery Supervisory Responsibilities
This position is NOT responsible for the oversight of other staff.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Training
Completion of accredited training program for Dental Assistants from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
A minimum of two (2) years of previous experience with similar community-based project is required. Previous experience in working with billing software.
Bilingual skills in Spanish (English-Spanish) are strongly preferred Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access) for email, data access, budgeting, reporting, and navigation of COH’s computer systems.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations
Unrestricted license to practice as RDA in the State of California or Unrestricted license to practice as DA in the State of California
Valid California Driver License and Automobile Liability Insurance.
Must complete and submit documentation of the DOJ Live Scan process (Department of Justice) to obtain clearance to work in the County of Los Angeles.
TB Screening: upon hire and periodically thereafter. TB clearance is a strict requirement for this position.
Must have reliable transportation and travel locally to various locations where COH programs are implemented. Travel may be required on a local level.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands, and to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision due to see the intricacies of the dental equipment. Prolonged sitting or standing may be required. Those physical movements and the degree of mobility normally associated with the practice of primary care dentistry will be performed on a repetitive basis. The ability to distinguish letters and symbols, as well as the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals, and copiers is required.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work under stressful conditions as well as irregular hours may be required.
Exposure to communicable diseases, body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, radiation and other conditions common to a clinical environment may routinely be encountered.
To be considered for this position, applicants must attach a resume.
Please forward all to:
Tiffany Turner, MBA, MPH
Senior Program Manager
Center for Oral Health