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Job Code:2020-05-013
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum157,686
Salary Midpoint236,529
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:
Primary Function:

The purpose of this position is to serve as PediatricDentist to provide pediatric and special-needs dental services to thedesignated population.  The purpose ofthe work is to perform the required dental treatment on the designated populationin an efficient and professional manner. These procedures, which require independent judgment and skilledworkmanship, affect the attitudes and well-being of the patients.  They also affect the efficiency and overallattitude of the dental team

Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Duties involved in this position are clinical along with consultative, referral, training, quality assurance, and program planning activities.
  • Provide both routine and complex dental procedures on the pediatric and special-needs population served.
  • Regularly treats pediatric and special-needs patients with behavior and communication challenges including very young and anxious children.
  • Provides dental services using local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, sedative medications or combination thereof to manage difficult anxiety cases from the pediatric and special-needs population
  • Completes limited, periodic, and comprehensive examinations on new and established dental program pediatric patients and special-needs pediatric/adult patients; reviews the patient’s medical and dental history; examines the oral cavity, head & neck and oropharynx of each patient for evidence of pathology; prescribes and interprets routine radiographs to identify soft tissues, tooth structures, and dental diseases and abnormalities.
  • Provides appropriate emergency dental services, including treatment of trauma, pain, and infection for children of all ages and special-needs patients. Will be expected to treat emergency/walk-in patients when needed or during times of broken appointments or cancellations.
  • Maintains a recall system for follow-up of chronic care or pathology patients.
  • Collaborates with Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority (CIHA) and external dental and medical teams to appropriately manage the treatment of patients with significant medical complexities and immunodeficiency’s.
  • The incumbent must apply for and receive operating room privileges at an off-site hospital.
  • Utilizes anesthesia staff, at an area hospital, who will provide IV sedation and/or general anesthesia to enable provider to complete full mouth dental rehabilitation on pediatric and special-needs populations in an operating room setting.
  • Participates in community outreach programs including the EBCI Children’s Dental Program, Head Start Programs, and other events related to health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Works on a rotation with the other staff dentists to provide emergency dental call after hours, on weekends, and during holiday time-periods. May be called upon to provide pediatric and special needs expertise in after-hour emergency patients.
  • Researches current pediatric and special needs dental literature and participates in annual continuing dental education to meet state license requirements and to keep up-to-date on the most current dental materials, techniques, research findings, and standards of care as it applies to the specialty of pediatric dentistry.
  • Reviews appropriateness of current CIHA Pediatric Program equipment, instruments, materials, and techniques, and provides recommendations to the CIHA Chief Dental Officer.
  • The incumbent must be invested in new techniques and staff training to keep care “state of the art.”
  • The incumbent is responsible for appropriate record keeping and documentation.
  • The incumbent must have basic computer skills as to become proficient in the electronic dental and health records used at the facility.
  • Be an active member of the Medical/Dental Staff of the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority (CIHA) and credentialed by this body as a Pediatric Dentist specialist.
  • Attends CIHA meetings as required or requested to provide knowledge on the specialty of pediatric dentistry and care for special needs populations.  
  • Be an active participant of peer review, performance improvement and quality assurance
  • Abide by the Policies and Procedures and By-Laws of the CIHA.
  • Support the mission, vision, strategic plan and goals of the CIHA and the CIHA Dental Department.
  •  The Cherokee Indian Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the business need arises. 
Complexity of Duties: 
  • The work requires an assessment of the oral health needs of appointed, emergent and emergency patients of those requiring dental services throughout the local Indian Community.
  • Identification of patients who should participate in the special dental programs is a requirement of the practitioner. This would include public health, prevention, diagnostic, restorative, periodontic, endodontic, oral surgery and orthodontics.
  • Independent, mature judgment is required in dealing with: individual patients, parents and caregivers, developing treatment plans, and determining need for referral and consultation of complex cases.
  • A working knowledge of medical conditions and emergency care of compromised patients is required.

  • Incumbent must be a degreed graduate from an American Dental Association accredited dental program.  This would include an undergraduate degree and a doctoral degree in dental practice.
  • Incumbent must have successfully completed a Pediatric Dentistry Advanced Training Program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 
  • The incumbent must be board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) with successful completion of the Qualifying Examination (QE) and the Oral Clinical Examination (OCE).
  • The incumbent is expected to complete the Renewal of Certification Process (ROC-P) as stipulated by the ABPD to maintain active pediatric board certification. 
  • Have an unrestricted license in the State of North Carolina or an unrestricted license in another state.  Incumbent holding an unrestricted license in another state must obtain an unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the State of North Carolina within one year of hiring.
  • Current BLS.
  •  The incumbent is required to obtain and maintain all certification and education requirements as stipulated by an off-site hospital to maintain operating room privileges including but not limited to Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and/or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification by the American Heart Association.