Dental Assistant - OrthoDental Assistant
Coast Dental Services, Inc
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Coast Dental is a network of dental practices throughout California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Texas providing high quality comprehensive dental care. We are now one the country’s largest dental support organizations, and our continued growth is based on the contributions of our outstanding dental team members. If you are bright, dedicated and driven to succeed, we want to talk to you. We are looking for professionals to help us create beautiful, healthy smiles – one patient at a time. A rewarding career with us includes a competitive compensation and benefits package as well as bragging rights of working with one of the largest and well respected dental practices in the country. We are in the process of renovating and rebranding all of our recently-acquired locations so our team members and patients will enjoy the latest technology and amenities. A career with Coast is rewarding personally, professionally and financially!
When you join Coast, you will be joining a solid network of dental professionals who strive to provide excellent patient care. We encourage our team members to grow with us. At Coast, we promote from within and provide team members with the knowledge and training to succeed in their career goals. The opportunity to grow with us is just a click away
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist orthodontist in providing dental treatment, care and education to patients. Must possess strong knowledge and skill of clinical needs, and working knowledge of back office dental procedures and dental administrative functions. Must have Expanded Duties Certificate and/or Radiography Certification upon hire or within ninety (90) days after hire.
Welcome and escort patient in reception to and from the treatment areas. Schedule appointments and assist in appointment confirmation calls.
Effectively provide dental education and information to insure patient awareness of dental health and continuing treatment.
Effectively present to patient in professional and confidential manner dental treatment plan and proposed plan for continuing treatments.
Understand and explain insurance benefits and financial options to patients in nonclinical terms.
Ensure operatories are appropriately equipped and stocked with inventory and re-order when necessary.
Maintain equipment protocols, including but not limited to: clean evacuation system, lubricate and maintain dental hand pieces, clean and maintain radiograph processors, monitor and clean equipment, clean dental lab plaster traps and maintain clean office environment
Awareness of delegable duties and functions allowed to be performed by dental assistant.
Assist periodontist in clinical procedures and treatments.
Learn and comply with OSHA laws and safety guidelines.
Maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Learn and comply with state and Federal infection control standards in the dental office and operatories, including but not limited to: wearing protective barriers such as gloves, scrubs, and eye wear; disinfecting and sterilizing instruments and treatment areas; and disposing properly of contaminated or bio-hazardous waste/materials.
Ensure review and completion of documentation, including but not limited to: accurate and current medical history, medical alerts, and signed Consent forms.
Document/chart all dental procedures performed during each patient visit according to dentist’s instructions and legal requirements.
Notify Office Manager of equipment failure or general safety concerns.
Assist with laboratory duties as necessary.
Recognize signs of a dental emergency, and insure proper and timely response and notification to patient, staff, and emergency medical personnel when necessary.
Understand and agree to maintain production standards.
Effectively utilize and maintain a system of contact for patient follow-up/re-care.
Maintain professional working environment within office team.
Attend and participate in morning huddles and regular office meetings.
Adhere to uniform attire and basic personal hygiene standards per Company policy.
Attend continuing education and training seminars as scheduled.
Understand and abide by HIPAA regulations and maintain confidentiality.
Additional responsibilities in accordance with the delegable duties allowable by state.
Travel between practices to assist periodontist, as scheduled.
All other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent customer services skills and verbal communication skills. Ability to read, write, speak and understand information.
Ability to effectively present information one-on-one with patients.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out details written or verbally instructed.
Basic computer knowledge and experience with dental management software experience. EagleSoft experience is preferred.
Ability to work in fast paced, patient-focused environment.
Active Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) certification. Or if assisting in Florida, a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) license or Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificate obtained prior to May 2009, according to state guidelines and limitations.
Minimum of one-year dental experience preferred.
Excellent customer services skills and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work in high volume environment.
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