Wellpath | Columbia, SC
Our Dental Assistant assists the Dentist during examination and treatment of patients and is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of the dental equipment in accordance with OSHA standards. The Dental Assistant coordinates the Dental Clinic schedule and is responsible for ordering supplies and equipment.
- High School diploma or its equivalent
- Completed Dental Assistant Program
- Two (2) years dental assistant experience to include assisting and sterilization techniques, knowledge of dental procedures and equipment, infections control, and safety measures procedures
- Certification as a Dental Assistant is required
ResponsibilitiesProvides chair side assistance, passing instruments, keeps operating field clear, suctions, and other assisting tasks as assigned by the Dentist. Takes dental x-rays, including developing and mounting films, pours impression casts, keeps log, and escorts patients to and from waiting area and assists with supervision of patients. Documentation as required. Communicates effectively with patients.Maintains the cleanliness and sanitation of the dental clinical along with daily operational functions. Maintains clean and sanitary environment in accordance with OSHA standards and infection control policies. Sterilizes instruments, cleans equipment, changes chemicals, performs weekly spore tests on steam sterilizer, monitors refrigerator, keeps logs, and keeps MSDS up-to-date. Orders supplies, keeps inventory and logs, and arranges for repair of equipment and routine maintenance. Above is done in accordance with hospital procedures.Participates in ongoing quality improvement and chart review activities.Schedules patients for appointments and follow-up, sends out notification of appointments, follows up on no-shows, and refusals in accordance with hospital procedures.Is sensitive to cultural diversity issues, treats patients as an individual, and considers the culture of the patients when providing care and treatment.Is knowledgeable about care and treatment needs of patients of different ages. Provides individualized care and treatment that is consistent with/sensitive to the age and life span developmental needs of each patient.Disaster and fire procedures, infection control, risk management.Continues professional development through in-service education, workshops, conferences and self-study necessary to maintain current knowledge applicable to the position.Must be able to apply principles of critical thinking to a variety of practical and emergent situations and accurately follow standardized procedures that may call for deviations.Must be able to apply sound judgment beyond a specific set of instructions and apply knowledge to different factual situations.Must be alert at all times; pay close attention to details.Must be able to work under stress on a regular or continuous basis.Perform other duties as assigned.
CCS is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer