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Dental Assistant

Los Angeles, CA

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OverviewnThis position is responsible for assisting the dentist(s) and the dental hygienist(s) in providing primary care dental services to patients at the clinic or in the mobile oral health unit as well as for sterilization, preparation and inventory control of dental instruments supplies, and for proper infection control of all areas involving patient care.nResponsibilities nServes as dentistu2019s or dental hygienistu2019s chair-side assistant. nAssists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist or hygienist.  nPrepares operation procedures for patient treatment as per Dental Department protocols and the dentistu2019s or dental hygienistu2019s directions.  nCompletion of dental radiographs in accordance with state regulations and law, as well as Dental Department directiveu2019s and protocols. nPerforms independent procedures as delegated by the dentist in accordance with state regulation, law, and Department directiveu2019s and protocols. nMaintains all Dental Department equipment in accordance with manufactureru2019s directions and Dental Department policy and protocol. nMaintains adequate operation of supplies and compiles a list of individual item shortages for inventory control and ordering purposes.  nMaintains a list of all Dental Department patients, monitors patient flow, and assists the Dental Director, dentist(s), and dental hygienist(s), in assuring that all patient records and documents are properly and accurately completed and filed. nReceives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business and patient care of the Dental Department.  nInsures the sterility of all reusable dental instruments and equipment in accordance with Dental Department directiveu2019s and protocols. nInsures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials in accordance with Dental Department directives, clinic policy, as well as state and federal regulations. nParticipates in appropriate health promotion / disease prevention activities, both on-site and off-site as required. nMaintains Dental Department compliance, relative to Infection Exposure Control, safety, and HIPPA as required by local, State, and Federal guidelines, Dental Department directives and protocols, and clinic policies and procedures. nMay be required to perform front office duties such as: scheduling and confirming appointments, verify insurance/ other pertinent patient eligibility, Check patients in and out, collect co-pay and balance due and manage patient flow to reduce cycle time and enhance the patient experience, etc. nPerform all other related duties as assigned. nQualifications nHigh School diploma or GED certificate required. nCompletion of accredited course in dental assisting. nX-Ray, infection control and current CPR and First Aid certificates required. nBilingual: English /Spanish is required 

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