·Assist Doctor with dental procedures
Monitor patients, including those on nitrous oxide or narcotics. Take blood pressure and pulse. Monitor respiration, mucosal color and consciousness. Use suction devices, water spray, cotton rolls and holders; retract cheek and tongue. Assist with the management and calming of patients. Use papoose boards and mouth props. Reassure anxious patients. Prepare and deliver local anesthetic. Apply and remove plaque disclosure. Mix restorative material, take primary impression using correct disinfection method appropriate to material. Pour impression and trim to suit patient.
·Take and develop X-rays
Take and develop X-rays including, panorex, bite wing, occlusal film and cephs. Maintain X-ray processor.
·Prepare equipment and instruments for each use
Clean and sterilize instruments and trays using IMS systems, ultra sonic, autoclave and/or processor. Assemble trays. Maintain hand pieces. Stock each room. Set up, clean and disinfect operatory.
·Assist patient and parents
Anticipate, greet and seat patient. Instruct patient about pre and post-operative needs and issues. Instruct patient in oral hygiene and fluoride treatment.
Record pertinent patient information in electronic dental record. May also serve as a scribe for the dentists in situations where the dentist is otherwise occupied in the direct care of the patient. When functioning in this capacity, the (assistant, hygienist) will not be engaged in direct patient care and will serve only as the recorder of the specific comments directed by the dentist for inclusion in the medical record, without interpretation or modification.
·Participate in improving organizational performance
Recommend areas or approaches for improvement activities, perform new procedures, collect data and provide input to department discussions.
·Select material used for certain dental procedures
Shade and fabrication of appliances/restorations. Size for stainless steel crowns. Size for orthodontic bands. Apply topical anesthetic. Conduct pulp testing. Apply cavity varnish. Construct temporary crowns from metal or plastic.
·Materials and agents
Class I-V amalgam and/or composite restorations; chemical etching; calcium hydroxide; chemical bonding agent; cosmetic and aesthetic restorations; pit and fissure sealant; rubber dam. Carve anatomically placed restorations. Finish and polish amalgam or composite restorations.
Ability to perform clerical functions with accuracy and attention to detail
·Communication - Intermediate
Good verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
Demonstrating concern for customer needs and issues; patiently tolerating rudeness and anger and responding with tact and empathy; showing persistent enthusiasm during customer interactions
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
Possess finger dexterity, manual dexterity and motor coordination necessary to manipulate necessary tools/objects
·Physical Stamina - Light
Physical stamina sufficient to perform frequent bending, light or moderate lifting and extensive standing/walking