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Dental Assistant

Company: Community Health Systems, Inc
Location: Darlington
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

Come join a growing dental and behavioral health practice located on Main Street in Darlington, Wisconsin! JOB SUMMARY: Our dental assistants assist the dentists with clinical procedures and are responsible for a wide range of tasks in the dental clinic, including direct patient care, administrative duties, and laboratory functions consistent with professional standards and CHS policies and procedures. At the Darlington Area Community Health Center, our dental assistants additionally provide help at our front desk and help facilitate virtual sessions for our behavioral health patients. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Assists dentists in providing direct patient care, including tending to patient comfort. Seats patient, reviews health history, and takes and records blood pressure. Reviews need for pre-medication. Ensures patient electronic dental record available for dentist's review. Assists dentists with dental procedures including examinations, restorations, endodontics, oral surgery, and fixed and removable prosthetics. Completes coronal polishing and flossing as part of a dental prophylaxis. Provides oral hygiene instructions. Applies topical fluoride. Exposes radiographs. Takes alginate impressions; pours and trims models Assures operatories are disinfected and instruments are sterilized according to current CDC and OSHA guidelines. Responsible for stocking and tracking dental supplies. Prepares operatories and sets up procedure trays, organizing and laying out instruments for dentist use. Provides post-operative instructions as directed. Works as part of a team to assure patients are treated professionally and efficiently. Maintains dental equipment and operatories following daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. Accurately collects, records, and reports data as needed for report and program monitoring. Maintains patient dental records and other information as required. Coordinates lab prescriptions and communication with dental labs. Actively participates in and is accountable for duties assigned that support the Mission and Values of being certified as a Patient Centered Medical Home PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS : Skills/Abilities Ability and determination to efficiently carry out the Community Health Systems, Inc. mission statement. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, employees, and public. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Knowledge and understanding of dental patient care. Ability to operate autoclave, various dental instruments, and lab equipment. Skill in preparing and maintaining records, writing reports and responding to correspondence. Ability to understand and utilize Microsoft Office software. Work as part of a team with clinic staff in a collegial and collaborative relationship in which each understands and accepts the contributions and limitations of the other. Knowledge of the sociocultural factors associated with the community's use of medical, social, and dental care services. Ability to relate well to residents of low-income, multi-cultural neighborhoods, recognizing their right to participate in dental care planning and decision-making. Ability to work under pressure and high stress; maintain personal composure; evaluate situations and act/react appropriately; and use tact in dealing with visitors, patients, and difficult situations. Ability to communicate orally and in writing, providing information to a wide variety of patients and staff. Knowledge of organizational policies, regulations, and procedures to administer patient care. Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) helpful, but not required. Ability to read and respond to emails in a timely fashion. Ability to identify and maintain confidential/HIPAA information. Education Completion of accredited Dental Assistant program preferred. Related Work Experience 1 year direct prior experience preferred. Employment Type: Full Time Bonus/Commission: No

Keywords: Community Health Systems, Inc, Dubuque , Dental Assistant, Healthcare , Darlington, Iowa

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