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Registered Dental Assistant

Company: San Diego American Indian Health Center
Location: San Diego
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionSalary: DOEALL CANDIDATES MUST HAVE EVIDENCE OF COVID-19 VACCINATION PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT" We are looking for a compassionate team player who is interested in joining our dental team to provide comprehensive services to our patients. SDAIHC offers full benefits including generous paid time off, full medical coverage and a retirement plan! A positive attitude is a must. Spanish-Speaking is a plus"The San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC) is a patient-centered health home that provides comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, and community wellness services that are available to all San Diegans. Founded in May 1979, we honor the wisdom of community leaders who believed urban American Indians living in our city should have community-based health care rooted in traditional cultural values. The vision of our founders lives on after nearly forty years as we continue to grow and provide high quality health care services to a diverse community of all ages and walks of life.Our Mission The Mission of San Diego American Indian Health Center is to promote excellence in health care with respect to custom and tradition. Our goal is to reduce the significant health disparities of San Diego's urban American Indian population by increasing access to care and improving the quality of that care, resulting in increased life expectancy and improved quality of life.Our Vision We are a community health center dedicated to embodying the values central to American Indian cultures. This includes respect for our patients, acknowledgement of the whole person, and a focus on working together to ensure health for the individual, and therefore the community. We invite persons of all tribes, ethnic backgrounds and walks of life to experience the comprehensive care we deliver and to contribute to the services we provide for children, youth, families, adults, and elders.Hear from our teamSDAIHC Benefits SheetThe PositionThe Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) assists dentists during examination and treatment of dental patients.The qualified candidate drives results by:1) Maintaining a professional relationship and positive attitude with co-workers, the public, patients and all SDAIHC staff, Board of Directors and vendors2) Maintaining the highest professional ethics and is honest in dealing with people; is a model for all employees through his/her actions3) Striving to learn more and is receptive to learning different ways of doing things4) Displaying enthusiasm toward the work and the mission of San Diego American Indian Health Center5) Demonstrating clear knowledge of SDAIHC clinic structure, standards, procedures and protocolsEssential Functions

  • Prepares Dental patient, sterilizes and disinfects instruments, sets up instrument trays, prepares materials, and performs four handed dentistry during dental procedures.
  • Takes and records medical and dental histories and vital signs of patient.
  • Takes and monitors digital dental diagnostic x-rays as directed by the dentist.
  • Makes preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations.
  • Pours, trims, and polishes study casts; fabricates custom bleaching trays; cleans and polishes removable appliances.
  • Assists dentist in management of medical and dental emergencies.
  • Instructs patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
  • Provides and explains postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Charts and records treatment information in patient Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.
  • Applies fluoride varnish to teeth when directed to do so by the dentist.
  • Inventories and orders supplies and materials for the back office.
  • Maintains dental equipment and coordinates repair of equipment when necessary.
  • Applies sealants, fabricates provisional crown restorations, performs coronal polishing and other dental auxiliary duties as approved by the Dental Board of California.
  • Coordinates sending and receiving lab cases with outside labs.
  • Attends monthly staff meetings and mandatory trainings or obtains and completes trainings at a later date if unable to attend.
  • Maintain all licensure requirements needed to perform these duties, including maintaining CEUs.
  • Communicate effectively with dentists and dental assistants to ensure efficient and adequate oral care is provided to patients.
  • Other duties assigned by the dental director or dentist as required.SDAIHC reserves the right to alter or change job duties or responsibilities, reassign or transfer job positions, or assign additional job responsibilities at any time, with or without advance notice to the employee. SDAIHC reserves the right to alter or change job duties or responsibilities, reassign or transfer job positions, or assign additional job responsibilities at any time, with or without advance notice to the employee. Education/Experience Six months to one year related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience; certificate of completion of Dental Assistant Technical School.Knowledge/SkillsLanguage Skills: Able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Able to write routine reports and correspondence. Able to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.Mathematical Skills: Able to perform basic mathematical calculations necessary to perform the job function.Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of electronic health and dental record software, database software, internet software, Microsoft Office applications.Reasoning Ability: Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Able to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions related to the dental field.Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certified. If required to drive personal vehicle for the SDAIHC, must possess a current/valid Department of Motor Vehicle California driver's license with a satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance. Valid California RDA license, current coronal polishing and pit/fissure sealant certificate, valid x-ray certificate.Physical Demands: 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 with or without accommodation.
  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force to frequently lift, carry, push, pull objects, including bodily motion
  • Moving on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly from one work site to another
  • Standing for sustained periods of time
  • Substantial movements of the wrists, hands and or/fingers to operate dental equipment such as sterilizers, suction, air/water syringes, ultrasonics, opening/closing cassettes, processing instruments, performing 4 –handed dentistry, operate computers and other office equipment such as telephones and printers
  • Occasionally ascend/descend stairs to access different departmentsWork Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.Before you apply, please make sure you share SDAIHC's mission and values. We pride ourselves on keeping these values in mind every day as we execute on goals and plan for the future. We are seeking employees who share the same mindset and commitment to be customer driven, focused on execution, and new innovations. We succeed by being determined, optimistic team players.

Keywords: San Diego American Indian Health Center, San Diego , Registered Dental Assistant, Healthcare , San Diego, California

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