This position is posted at a TE06 level, but may be filled at a TE05 level depending on the candidate's qualifications. Although similiar, the duties and responsibilities may differ if filled at the lower rank. Please see the "Required Qualifications’ section below for the requirements for each level.
This position will provide chair side assistance to dental students, residents, faculty and licensed dental staff during dental surgical procedures performed under general anesthesia. Prepare area and patient for surgery and provide post-operative instruction and care.
Provide chair side assistance to oral surgeon by passing instruments, holding devices such as suction tubes and cleaning patients' mouth during and after surgery. Assist surgeons with general anesthesia and IV sedation procedures. Maintain patient’s vital statistics and intravenous fluids during surgery.
Provides preoperative care to patients. Prepare patients for surgery by positioning them comfortably and applying topical anesthetics.
Prepare operating area. Confirm that instruments are sterilized and working properly and organizes them for surgery.
Provide care to patients in recovery rooms following IV sedations. Provide postoperative care and instructions to patients. Document treatment by charting in patient records. Assist front office in scheduling follow up visits.
Ensure that equipment used for surgery is sterilized and operating area is clean and ready to receive new patients.
REQUIRED: Dental Assistant I (TE05) – High School Diploma or GED, plus completion of an accredited dental assisting training program or 2 years of dental assisting experience. Must have Radiology License.
REQUIRED: Dental Assistant II (TE05) – High School Diploma and completion of accredited dental assisting program or 2 years of dental assisting experience, plus 6-12 months of dental assisting experience in an educational environment. Must have Radiology License.
REQUIRED: Surgical Dental Assistant (TE06) – High School Diploma and completion of accredited dental assisting program or 2 years of dental assisting experience, plus 1 year assisting with sedations and working in the operating room environment. Must have X-ray License.
Must have up-to-date immunizations and annual TB test for all 3 positions.
Surgical Dental Assistant.
Dental Assistant Certification.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time and the ability to manipulate instruments, materials, dental hand pieces, and operate dental equipment. The body must be able to work from a dental stool in order to perform most dental procedures. Other specific requirements include manual dexterity/motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, physical communications; visual acuity and communication/language development. Must be able to push up to 25 lbs. and move up to 50 lbs. Assist patient into moving into and out of dental chair. May need to hold patient in place by restricting head, jaw or body movements, sometimes for extended periods. Ability to work in confined areas around dental units and in dirty and clean instrument rooms. Moving supplies and instruments to dental units. Regular attendance.
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