Registered Dental Assistant

October 28, 2020 | by umchealth
Full-time Regular | Eagle Pass

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of Head RDA and Office Manager, the Registered Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting the dentist and dental hygienist in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients of the health center. The Dental Assistant is also responsible for sterilization, preparation, and inventory control of dental instruments and supplies. Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions, and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist. Serves as a dentist’s chair-side assistant and prepares operatory for patient treatment. Exposes and develops dental radiographs and performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with state regulations and law. Maintains dental department equipment and work areas in compliance with health center policies and procedures relative to infection control and safety issues, including the sterilization of all reusable dental instruments and equipment and the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials. Maintains adequate operatory supplies and compiles a list for inventory control and ordering purposes. Pulls and files patient charts as required and receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with a professional matter, clinic business, and patient care. Assists with various clinical and administrative functions of the center as appropriate and as time permits. As directed by an Office Manager, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives. Comprehensive knowledge of dental assisting techniques and procedures for all phases of general dentistry. Must be cognizant of the expectations and concerns of the health center’s dental patients and be able to respond in an empathetic and professional manner. Must be able to work well in a fast-paced environment. Duties delegated are permitted under the Texas Dental Practice Act as per the TSBDE rules and regulations. Responsible for compliance with other requirements affecting the Medical Center, such as State/Federal regulations, TJC, DSHS, Standards, and Compliance Standards.

Education:

  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Completion from an accredited course in dental assisting required (Qualified Dental Assistant).
  • Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board.


Requirements:

  • Must be computer literate with experience in Dental Software Systems and Electronic Health Records preferred.
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service and support; organizing and prioritizing workload and meeting deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, education, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively with managers, co-workers, members of the public, and professional groups.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, concisely with others (internal and external customers, both verbally and in writing), consistently demonstrate a positive/proactive customer service attitude. Consistently maintains ethical behaviors exemplary of quality public service and fair standards, inclusively, among all employees and members of the public.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member; function independently, exercises sound judgment and initiative; be flexible to shift priorities; maintain confidentiality; establish and maintain effective interpersonal work relationships, effectively assist providers; work toward goals and objectives of draft priorities.
  • Ability to perform each position responsibility satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties of the position.
  • Ability to understand that safety is a condition of employment. Unsafe acts or conditions will be reported to the Office Manager.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English.

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