Paid Training – Dental Assistant ($15.82 – $17.80 per hour)

High Plains Community Health Center View Company Profile

Are you looking for a new career? We are actively looking for individuals who want to learn more about oral healthcare and the difference it makes. This is a position with paid training that will give you a bright future and smile. Must Haves: 1) An ability to connect with people of all ages. 2) Comfortable with meeting new people and interacting with them. 3) Are caring and supportive. 4) Can be coached and trained to the specifics of this position. 5) Live in the Southeast Colorado area. 6) Graduated from high school or have a GED. High Plains Community Health Center is committed to providing a safe, efficient, and productive work environment for all employees. To help ensure a safe and healthful working environment, each applicant to whom an offer of employment has been made will be required as a condition of employment to undergo a substance test. POSITION SUMMARY The Dental Assistant will provide assistance to the Dentist and Dental Hygienist in administrative and clinical duties. Working as a member of the oral health care team with responsibility for patient exams and procedures under the scope of the Colorado Dental Practice Act. High Plains Community Health Center (HPCHC) is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create an environment for career advancement and professional growth at all levels. HPCHC complies with organization-wide policies and Federally Qualified Health Center and OSHA requirements, related to the performance of HPCHC operations and requirements of the compliance program. PRODUCTIVITY AND EXPECTATIONS: The Dental Assistant is an essential component to the success of HPCHC. This position is expected to prioritize time and responsibilities in the following manner: 70%: Clinical Support Room patients in a warm and friendly manner. Prepare operatories for procedures, this is to include instruments, materials, and equipment necessary for each procedure. Take radiographs as ordered by the dental hygienist/dentist. Perform coronal polishing and flossing of teeth. Apply topical fluoride. Provide patient education for preventative dentistry, which includes proper brushing and flossing techniques; proper nutrition; the purpose of sealants; and the purpose of topical fluoride. Clean removable appliances and prostheses. Prepare for local anesthesia. Assist the dentist and dental hygienist in chair-side procedures routinely done in a general dental practice. Maintain field of operation during dental procedures using retraction, suction, irrigation, drying, placing, and removing cotton rolls, etc. Understand and use the concept of four-handed dentistry. Place sealants. Monitor and respond to post-surgical bleeding and place post-extraction dressing. Remove sutures. Take preliminary and final impressions. Pour and trim models. Complete lab forms, prepare outgoing lab cases, receive incoming lab cases, and deliver lab cases to drop locations. Provide the patient with pre- and post-op instructions as prescribed by the dentist following oral surgery, prosthodontic placement, and restoration placement. Provide home care instructions for removable prosthodontics. Take phone calls for the dentist from pharmacies, labs, patients, and other providers. Complete prescriptions as prescribed by the dentist. Present and educate the patient on the proposed treatment plan. Sterilize instruments, equipment, and supplies. Maintain, disinfect, and stock operatories and labs. Assist in training new dental assistants. Assist with medical and dental emergencies according to OSHA and office protocols. Follow and maintain infection control protocols. 15%: Documentation Collect and record patient medical and dental health histories, medications, allergies, and patient vital signs. Chart periodontal probing and clinical findings of the patient as noted by the dental hygienist and dentist. Complete patient chart notes and charges. Complete referrals and send x-rays as directed by the dentist. Enter actions for every patient based on recall and follow-up needs. Prepare and mail recall cards. 15%: Dental Office Duties Answer incoming calls and assist patients with paperwork. Schedule and confirm appointments. Perform routine maintenance on equipment. Complete protocols for opening and closing the dental clinic. Participates in departmental and general staff meetings. QUALIFICATIONS High School diploma or equivalent required. Current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) or within 90 days of hire required. Successful completion of a dental assistant program is preferred. Successful completion of continuing education for Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA or EDDA) and Techniques for Making Impressions and Temporary Restorations for the EFDA preferred. Radiation safety certification or successful completion of a radiation safety course preferred. Experience working with diverse and/or underserved populations preferred. Spanish language skills preferred. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Demonstrates commitment to the organizational mission, vision, and values. Maintains knowledge of federal and state regulations related to FQHCxe2x80x99s and relative practice area. Exhibits the ability to make sound decisions for delivery of care/services. Demonstrates effective relationships with clinic staff, patients, public, outside vendors/agencies, and providers. Communicates effectively; demonstrates ability to speak, read, and write professionally, as well as compile, analyze and present information in English. Maintains confidentiality of patient information. Exercises professional judgment, courtesy, and professionalism in daily interactions with others. Works both independently and as part of a team; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with health care team members and diverse patient populations. Displays time management and organizational skills to consistently meet deadlines. Performs other duties as required. There will be opportunities for other duties as this position may evolve and policies and training may change. Reasonable accommodation will be reviewed, and modifications may be made according to ADA guidelines. This position utilizes proper body mechanics, transfer/lifting techniques, and appropriate equipment to minimize fall risk to patients and/or injury to self. Additional Information Position Type : Full Time Shift : Day Hourly Wage: $15.82 – $17.80 per/hour Ref Code: DA2024 Contact Information Human Resources 201 Kendall Drive Lamar, Co 81052 Email:

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