Dental Assistant.

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  • Co-created with University Dental.
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  • Total Duration:

    6 weeks, 25 Experiences

    Job Status:

    Full-time, Guaranteed

    Enrollment Open:

    Fall 2017
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    Employer Benefits.

    Besomebody Benefits Rating (BBR): B
  • Job Description.

    Summary

    Under Direct and Indirect Supervision, the dental assistant will assist the Dentist in both administrative and clinical duties including: prepare patient for procedure or exam, sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, and prepare materials, and assist during dental procedures. Provide patient and practice support services; including, but not limited to, personal assistance, medical attention, and emotional support.


    Essential Job Functions
    • Assist with dental and medical emergencies according to OSHA and office procedures.
    • Maintain CPR certification.
    • Assist chair side during administration of nitrous oxide.
    • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
    • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
    • Clean and polish removable appliances.
    • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
    • Record treatment information in patient records.
    • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
    • Actively provide hand instruments and materials to Dentist, as needed, during exams and procedures in order to help maintain patient comfort and Dentist’s efficiency.
    • Using and maintaining hazard control protocols as established by OSHA and office standards.
    • Must always represent the practice in a professional, pleasant, and cooperative manner.
    • Must maintain regular, consistent and punctual attendance in accordance with assigned schedule and time off policies.
    • Must be able to comfortably and efficiently handle multiple deadlines and task assignments.
    • Must be able to work both independently and cooperatively in team settings.
    • Occasionally there may be some travel, by car or plane, required in order for you to participate in continuing education or seminars.
    • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
    • Other duties and tasks, as assigned periodically


    Behaviors/Skills
    • Always maintain the highest level of confidentiality to HIPAA standards.
    • Adhere to strict safety guidelines and procedures to OSHA and office standards.
    • Adhere to office policy and procedures when collecting payments.
    • Must be comfortable seeing and able to maintain a professional demeanor and attitude while working around blood and smells that may be unpleasant.
    • Must be detail oriented in order to work efficiently in small spaces and maintain patient comfort.
    • You must be flexible and understand that your job duties may change from time to time and that you may
    • be asked to “help out” in other areas of the office.
    • Must excel in forward thinking in order to anticipate the needs of the doctor as well as the patient.
    • Must demonstrate active listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    • Must demonstrate good reading comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
    • Must demonstrate excellent communication skills - Talking to others to convey information effectively.


    Potential Career Path from this position

    Certified EFDA Dental Assistant

    Meet Your Path Leaders.

    Cat Loy, EFDA
    Path Instructor
    Certified Dental Assistant
    10 Years Industry Experience
    Mamta Kori, DDS
    Curriculum Developer
    Founding Partner, University Dental
    16 Years Industry Experience

    Path Overview.

    Experience 1: Welcome to Dental Assistant at University Dental.

    Welcome to Dental Assistant at University Dental. You'll spend your first Experience getting to know your instructors, as well learn the success criteria expected to be a stellar Dental Assistant. You'll learn the history of the company, our practice philosophy, and teamwork in the dental setting. Each Candidate will get to share a bit about himself/herself and learn about service oriented healthcare.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Nomenclature

    Experience 2: Introduction to the Anatomy and Physiology of the Head and Mouth.

    You will learn about the anatomy of mouth and understand how to reference the mouth by dental terminology. You will learn the classifications of decay and understand what decay is and recognize what decay looks like. At this time you will also learn more about the different procedures offered in our office, the difference between each procedure, as well as charting and the use of Dentrix software.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Nomenclature, Software Utilization

    Experience 3: Introduction to Basic Dental Instruments.

    This experience will teach you what basic instruments we use in our dental office. You will learn the names, the purpose and how it is used in our office. You will see it being used. This will allow you to understand why it is important and why you will be using each instrument. You will understand and learn the different operatory equipment. Basic instrument terminology along with what instruments are used for each different procedure will also be introduced.

    Skills Learned:

    Instrument Utilization, Instrument Nomenclature

    Experience 4: OSHA Guidelines.

    You will learn what OSHA is and the guidelines that OSHA has placed to protect us and the patients you will see. By the end of this experience, you will become OSHA certified. This experience will also be your introduction to sterilization and explain why and how we sterilize our instruments and our operatories. You will understand the maintenance of the sterilizer equipment. You will learn how to properly clean an operatory and all material and instruments used during the procedure as well.

    Skills Learned:

    OSHA Training

    Experience 5: Introduction to Radiology in a Dental Office.

    In this experience, you will be taught the basics of radiology in a dental office setting, why we take x-rays, and what x-rays we take. You will understand the in-depth concept of radiology and safety. We will also begin preparing you to become Radiology Certified.

    Skills Learned:

    Radiology

    Experience 6: How to Take X-Rays: Panorex, Pa’s, FMX and Bite Wing X-Rays.

    Now that you understand the concept of x-rays in a dental office we will now discuss and learn in-depth the difference of each x-ray taken and why we take each x-ray. You will be taught what to look for in an x-ray along with how to correct your mistakes. You will be shown how to take a Panorex, Bite-wing x-rays, Pa’s and a full mouth series.

    Skills Learned:

    Radiology

    Experience 7: Introduction Into Different Exams in the Dental Office.

    We will venture into the different types of exams in the office. This includes comprehensive exams vs. periodic exams vs limited exams. We'll introduce you into the different types of treatment the hygienist can complete. Which includes prophys, scale and root planning. We will cover periodontal disease and the importance of healthy gums and the importance of home care. We will also gain an understanding of the importance of the dental hygienist in the office.

    Skills Learned:

    Radiology, Dental Examination, Dental Hygienist Understanding

    Experience 8: Procedures Offered in Our Office.

    We now will cover all procedures that are offered in our office, along with how important the DA is to each procedure and what you are responsible for during and after the treatment. Treatment includes; restorations amalgam, composite, extractions, bridges, crowns/build ups/post and temporary crowns, root canals, root canal retreats, implants, partial, dentures, and flippers. We will also cover the different impressions and the difference in material used for what procedure.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Material Understanding, Dental Treatment Understanding

    Experience 9: Introduction to Insurance Coverages and Treatment Plans and Review of Office Procedures.

    Review and recap experience 8, then we will introduce you to state insurance coverage vs. traditional insurance coverages. You will understand what state insurance covers. Explain the pros and cons of insurance, in addition to pre-authorizations and why it must be done. We'll discuss verbiage along with how to educate the patient about dental treatment and home care.

    Skills Learned:

    Insurance Concepts and Coverages, Patient and Coworker Verbiage

    Experience 10: Prepping the Operatory for Treatment and Breaking Down Rooms.

    Here you will understand and learn the importance of setting up/breaking down rooms for each procedure option. Here you will see each instrument being used and understand why. This will visually allow you to put dental terminology and concepts together. You will be shown the importance of the DA role to each procedure and understand why it is so important.

    Skills Learned:

    Operatory Setup & Breakdown, Instrument Nomenclature

    Experience 11: Introduction into Anesthesia and Referrals.

    Introducing the local anesthetic and their role, and also to Nitrous-oxide and other types of sedations. You will also learn about how we refer patients out to specialty doctors.

    Skills Learned:

    Local Anesthetic Understanding, N2O Understanding, Patient Referral Understanding

    Experience 12: How to Take Impressions for Partials and Dentures, Flippers, Relines and Temporary Crowns.

    Impressions we will take include: crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, flippers and relines, and impressions for repairs along with opposing models and bite reg's. You will have an understanding of the difference in material used for each different procedure. Understand how to write a lab slip up completely, along with picking a shade when needed.

    Skills Learned:

    Bridge Understanding, Lab Slip Understanding, Impressions Understanding, Crowns Understanding, Dental Impression Understanding

    Experience 13: Impressions and Radiology Review.

    At this time we will review and go over again Experience 12, along with taking more impressions, making sure everyone is aware and understands the importance of a great impression. Along with understanding more of the material we use. We will touch upon pouring up models. This time will allow you to ask questions and practice.

    Skills Learned:

    Impressions Understanding, Radiology, Material Understanding, Dental Impression Understanding

    Experience 14: CPR Training and Certification.

    You will learn the basics of CPR , the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid in the medical setting. You will be CPR certified after this Experience.

    Skills Learned:

    CPR, AED Understanding

    Experience 15: Preparation for Medical Emergencies in a Dental Office.

    After completing the CPR class, we will now be going over in detail medical emergencies that could occur in a dental office and what the role of the Dental Assistant is. Along with knowledge of the medical emergency kit, where it is located and what you're expected to know. You'll also learn the verbiage when there is an emergency with the patient, the staff, and the EMTS when and if they are needed to be called.

    Skills Learned:

    Emergency Training, Dental Charting

    Experience 16: Recap of Experiences and Advanced Dentrix Review.

    We will begin with a comprehensive review of all previous experiences completed. We will go in depth on charting and when pre-authorizations should be sent out within Dentrix. We will cover how dental assistants are expected to complete notes and how important they are to our practice, and what should or should not be placed in clinical notes. This experience will give each of you time to refine the skills you feel the need to understand more. This will give you time to ask questions, demonstrate and practice, take impressions, charting, take x-rays and anything else that may need to be answered or reviewed. Now it is time to put all your hard work together and show your skills as a Dental Assistant at University Dental.

    Skills Learned:

    Dentrix Software, Patient and Coworker Verbiage, Dental Charting

    Experience 17: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 1.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

    Experience 18: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 2.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

    Experience 19: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 3.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

    Experience 20: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 4.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

    Experience 21: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 5.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

    Experience 22: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 6.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

    Experience 23: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 7.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

    Experience 24: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 8.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

    Experience 25: Dental Assistants Job Shadowing - Day 9 + Final Recap and Review.

    Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily. Then, discuss how the in-office shadowing went, have an open forum about the role of a DA, all treatment and clarifying of any questions that you may have.

    Skills Learned:

    Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

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