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Dental Assistant II
Job Code:2019-05-009
Department:Dental
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum15.79
Salary Midpoint18.15
  
Position Closes:
Open Until Filled 

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:
PRIMARY FUNCTION:
This position is primarily located at Cherokee Indian Hospital Dental Clinic.  There may be some travel required in order to provide services in other locations. The purpose of this position is to perform all basic dental assistant functions in order to allow the dental team to function as efficiently as possible. This position Corresponds to State of North Carolina Dental Assistant II without coronal polishing.

Job Description:
Performs routine chairside assisting, and accurately records diagnostic information and treatment provided for each patient.
Responsible for day to day maintenance of all clinic areas, including minor equipment adjustments and cleanliness of clinic areas.
Keeps instruments properly maintained and sterilized.
Exposes, processes, and mounts intra oral and extra oral radiographs as prescribed by a dentist/following standard polices and procedures.
Takes impressions for study models (not to be used for appliance fabrication), pours and trims models, fabricates custom trays and bite rims.
Applies sealants to teeth that do not require mechanical alteration prior to the application of such sealants, provided a dentist has examined the tooth and prescribed the sealant.
Applies matrix bands and wedges.
Cements temporary restorations using temporary cement
Applies rubber dams, removes sutures, applies desensitizing agents, applies etching materials and bonding agents.
Removes sutures
Flush, dry and temporarily close root canals.
Other duties allowed under State of North Carolina Dental Practices for Dental Assistant II excluding coronal polishing.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:
Ability to sterilize dental instruments and keep clinic clean and presentable to patients
Skill and dexterity in performing all intra-oral and extra-oral techniques
Knowledge of all routine dental instruments and procedures in order to prepare for and assist in all normal clinical procedures.
Knowledge of dental terminology in order to accurately record treatment and examination information in patient file, and ability to file and retrieve patient records.

EXPERIENCE, JOB TRAINING and LICENSES:
There is a varied range of educational and job experience that will be reflected in the level of compensation.
SCHOOLING OR EQUIVALENT:
The Incumbent must satisfy one of the following conditions:
Successful completion of:
An ADA accredited dental assisting program and current certification in CPR;
Or one (1) academic year or longer in an ADA accredited dental hygiene program and current certification in CPR; or
Successful completion of:
Full time employment and experience as a chairside assistant for two years (3,000 hours) of the preceding five, during which the assistant may be trained in any delivery setting and allowed to perform the functions of a dental assistant II under the direct control and supervision of a licensed dentist;
A 3-hour course in sterilization and infection control;
A 3-hour course in dental office emergencies;
Evidence of satisfactory performance on an equivalency examination, recognized by the Board of Dental Examiners, based on seven hours of instruction on the production and use of dental x-rays and educational program of not less than seven (7) hours in clinical dental radiology; and
Current certification in CPR; or
 Successful completion of the national certification examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, and current certification in CPR.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

For time and attendance, leave approval, evaluations and general office duties, the Assistant reports directly to the Dental Practice Manager.  However, the Dental department is a clinical area and the dentist will provide clinical assignments and indicate in general what is to be done, quality expected limitation and special problems which may be encountered.  The Assistant provides care in accordance with established instructions and procedures. Problems and deviation which arise are referred to dentist. All procedures are reviewed periodically for accuracy and adherence to general instructions and guidelines.  The Dentist will have input on all performance evaluations.


RESOURCEFULNESS AND INITIATIVE:
Performance of many complicated procedures may relieve the dentist of lengthy tasks.  Highly developed skill in performing these duties has a significant part on the well-being of patients.  Within the scope of established policies and procedures, the assistant is expected to make independent judgments regarding patient care.  Work required identification of established guidelines related to assigned tasks.  Work also requires identification and consideration of detailed aspects of dental care when performing complex services listed above.  The assistant may make minor deviation from set guidelines for application to particular circumstances.


MENTAL/VISUAL/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
Job duties can be mentally/emotionally stressful at times.  Ability to effectively deal with stress is necessary.  Close mental concentration and attention to detail are required for most duties.  Work requires identification of established guidelines related to assigned tasks.  Must demonstrate visual acuity, manual dexterity, and the ability to speak and hear. Long periods of sitting, walking, standing and bending are necessary.

CONTACTS WITH OTHERS:
Contacts are with patients, patients’ families or caregivers and employees of the facility. Contacts with employees are to exchange information and allow for efficient management of the clinic. Contacts with patients and families/caregivers are to exchange information and provide oral health instructions.

CONFIDENTIAL DATA:
Adherence to all tribal guidelines, EBCI policies and procedures for working with confidential data is required.  An above average degree of discretion is required while handling patient and related medical information.  The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all administrative, medical and personnel records, and all other pertinent information that come to their attention or knowledge.  Violations of such confidentiality shall be cause for adverse disciplinary action.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACCURACY:
A high degree of accuracy in recording diagnostic and treatment information in the dental chart for each patient is required

ENVIRONMENT:
Work involves exposure to communicable diseases, radiation, and flying debris. Therefore personal protective equipment appropriate to the task required by Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will be worn at all times.

CUSTOMER SERVICE:
Consistently demonstrates superior customer service skills to patients/customers by displaying Spotlight on Success I CARE behaviors and skills.  Ensures excellent customer service is provided to all patients/customers by seeking out opportunities to be of service.