Cass County Dental Clinic

Job Openings

Position: Dental assistant

Reports to: Practice Manager

Location: Belton, Missouri and Harrisonville, Missouri

Position Summary

The dental assistant is responsible for assisting the dentist in the provision of quality dental services to patients of Cass County Dental Clinic. Chair side and expanded functions experience preferred. Spanish speaking is a plus. Must be comfortable working with children, possess strong computer skills (Eaglesoft experience preferred) and be self-motivated. No weekends.

  • Dental assistant job description

    Duties and Responsibilites

    • Works in collaboration with the dentist to provide comprehensive dental services to all patients, including but not limited to:

      • Reviews all medical histories at every visit & communicates pertinent information to the dentist
      • Utilizes dental software to accurately chart all existing dental restorations, oral conditions, and proposed treatment, as dictated by the dentist
      • Assesses need for appropriate radiographs
      • Acquires diagnostic digital intraoral and panoramic radiographs when indicated
      • Supports the dentist’s treatment recommendations
      • Understands and is able to explain all dental procedures in a manner that is easily understood by patients
      • Discusses all procedures, responds to patient/parent questions, and obtains informed consent for all dental procedures
      • Provides chair-side assistance to the dentist during dental procedures
      • Assists the dental hygienist and front office staff upon request or during “down time”
      • Accurately documents informed consent, refusal, and treatment options in patient record
      • Accurately documents all procedures in the patient record
      • Manages the flow of patients through excellent communication with the dentist and front office staff, including the ability to prioritize and keep the dentist on schedule
      • Maintains an appropriate supply of dental materials and supplies by properly disposing and replacing outdated products and ordering new products within a pre-determined budget and upon approval by the practice manager.
    • Works in collaboration with the dental hygienist and other assistants to ensure safety of dental clinic staff and patients, including but not limited to:

      • Maintains compliance with OSHA standards
      • Ensures proper sterilization & disinfection techniques
      • Responsible for the maintenance & cleanliness of the dental operatories and sterilization area
      • Recognizes emergency situations and follows established emergency protocols
      • Any other duties as delegated by the dentist or practice manager
    • Assures integration of patient education into all treatment:

      • Educates patients on their homecare status and techniques to improve plaque control
      • Incorporates parent/guardian into education regime for every child
      • Explains importance of maintaining appointment sequence to every patient
      • Discusses complications that may result if the patient fails to complete the treatment plan
      • Provides anticipatory guidance, nutritional counseling, and tobacco cessation, when applicable
      • Instructs each patient in proper post-operative care

    Qualifications

    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Certificate in Dental Assisting is preferred
    • Current CPR/BLS Certification
    • Knowledge of various dental materials and compounds used by the dentist , and ability to mix compounds following rigid guidelines
    • Knowledge of dental instruments and the use of each
    • Ability to relate well with patients and other healthcare personnel
    • Social and cultural sensitivity appropriate to ethnically and economically diverse patient- and employee-base
    • Willingness to educate patients and the community in health maintenance and the role of the health care team
    • Ability to multitask and work well under pressure
    • Commitment to expanding access to care for the underserved

    Education and Experience

    • Graduation from an accredited Dental Assisting program or at least 1 year dental assisting experience
    • Permit to assist with and monitor nitrous oxide sedation
    • Experience working with dental software is preferred, but not required
    • Previous experience working in a community health clinic is preferred, but not required
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish) applicants will be given preference

Position: Dentist (2-3 days per week)

Reports to: Practice Manager

Location: Belton, Missouri

Position Summary

The Lead Dentist is responsible for the overall quality of care delivered by the Cass County Dental Clinic. Applicant must be comfortable working with children and have a desire to work with a diverse underserved patient population.

  • Dentist job description

    Duties and Responsibilites

    • Provides diagnostic, therapeutic and emergency dental services to patients
      • Medical histories are reviewed at every visit
      • All pathologic conditions are charted and reported to the patient
      • A written treatment plan developed with all options explained to the patient
      • Make oral examination of patients to determine oral health; records number of teeth, their condition, position and relationship to each other; notes types, size and location of fillings; checks conditions of gums; evaluates bone support for teeth
      • The approximate number of visits and the time to complete care is noted on the treatment plan
      • Patients are first treated for pain and infection
      • Where appropriate, referrals are made to specialists
      • Enters and signs all treatment provided on the treatment page
      • Meets clinical standards of practice as described in the quality assurance program
      • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel
      • Attains all agreed to goals and objectives within specified time frames, as part of the Clinic’s overall mission
      • Recommends revisions in the quality assurance program to the Practice Manager
      • Refers patient grievances that cannot be resolved to the Practice Manager.
    • Supervises care delivered by dentists, dental hygienists and assistants
      • Instructs assigned dental assistants in chair side, laboratory, sterilization and radiology procedures
      • Oversees maintenance and cleanliness of dental operatory
      • Delegates expanded duties in accordance with skills of dental auxiliary and the Extended Care Permit within limits of laws of the State of Missouri
      • Participates with the Practice Manager in scheduled evaluations of staff dentists
    • Assures integration of patient education into all treatment phases
      • Refers patients to the dental hygienist
      • Discusses home care status and techniques with patients who demonstrate sub optimal plaque control
      • Provides consultation for dental hygienists when requested
      • Incorporates parent/guardian into education regime for every child
      • Explains importance of maintaining appointments sequence to every patient
      • Explains the need for maintenance of oral conditions as a priority to fixed prosthodontic treatment
    • All other duties as assigned

    Qualifications

    • Current Missouri license.
    • Ability to relate well with patients and other health care personnel.
    • Social and cultural sensitivity appropriate to ethnically and economically diverse patient-and employee-base.
    • Willingness to educate patients and the community in health maintenance and the role of the health care team.
    • Ability to work under pressure.
    • Commitment to expanding access to care for the underserved.

    Education and Experience

    • Graduation from a certified DDS/DMD program.
    • Prefer previous experience providing care at a community health center or similar environment preferred.

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