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Position: Part-Time Dental Assistant

Reports to: Practice Manager, works under the direct supervision of the Dentist

Location: Harrisonville, Missouri

Position Summary

Cass County Dental Clinic is looking for a part-time dental assistant to round out our energetic and passionate team! The right candidate will be dependable, detail-oriented, flexible, and able to work in a fast-paced environment. We are seeking someone with excellent communication and problem-solving skills who is comfortable working with patients ages 0-20 years.

This position will work part-time Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. with one hour for lunch. Preferred skillsets include chair side assisting, ability to take diagnostic digital x-rays and panoramic x-rays, dental prophylaxis, sealant placement, follow sterilization and disinfection protocols, familiarity with EagleSoft and Dexis and current CPR certification. Computer skills are a must!

  • >>> Dental assistant job description

    Duties include but are not limited to:

    Works in collaboration with the Dentist & Dental Hygienist 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
    • Anticipates the needs of the dentist and dental hygienist to ensure clinical efficiency
    • Assists the 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
    • Any other duties as delegated by the Dentist or Practice Manager

    Works in collaboration with the clinical team to ensure safety of dental clinic staff and patients, including but not limited to:

    • Ensures proper sterilization & disinfection techniques
    • Maintains compliance with CDC, HIPAA, and OSHA standards
    • 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 aspects of dental 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 and nutritional counseling
    • 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 & 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

    Essential Functions:

    Dental Assistants must possess sufficient critical thinking, interpersonal, communication, motor, auditory, and visual skills to safely, reliably, and efficiently perform the described job duties.

    Cass County Dental Clinic complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and makes reasonable accommodations upon request for qualified individuals. If you believe you may need accommodations to assist you in performing your job duties, please contact the Practice Manager.