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Dental Assistant

Posted: 09/29/2021

Position Title: Dental Assistant

Position Type: Full-Time (40 hours per week)

Department: Dental

Reports To: Dental Office Director

Status: Non-Exempt

Work Location(s): Cashton, WI 54619

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers is an independent, non-profit healthcare provider, caring for Western Wisconsin. We provide medical, dental, chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, behavioral health, health education and pharmacy services for patients in Monroe, Vernon, Crawford and La Crosse counties.

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers is looking for a full-time Dental Assistant to join our team in Cashton, WI. The individual is responsible for providing friendly, professional, quality assistance to patients in delivery of dental care while assisting dentists in providing primary dental services.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Follow established protocols in performing polishing, patient education and fluoride treatments
  • Explain procedures to patients and help them feel comfortable and reassured about services they are receiving
  • Assist dentist and/or hygienist with chair side assisting
  • Works closely with the dentist to assure patients are prepared for dental services and the knowledge to arrange insurance and financial agreements with patients
  • Give instructions to patients on proper dental care, post-surgical needs, etc.
  • Take diagnostic digital radiographs
  • Scrub and sterilize instruments, disinfect patient chairs and carts daily
  • Responsibility to know the ordering process the ordering team has in place and maintain adequate inventory of dental supplies
  • Maintain dental equipment according to established procedures and schedules
  • Track laboratory work for patients and have it ready for patient care
  • Assuring outside lab invoices are returned with appliances and the invoice is sent to accounts payable
  • Complete forms and checklists, follow written and verbal instructions, stand for extended periods of time, handle cleaning solutions safely
  • Ability to make alginate impressions: pour, trim, and polish stone models and make custom trays
  • Knowledge of dental terminology and the ability to accurately chart in the electronic record
  • Responsible to assure prior authorizations are completed and approved for patient care needs
  • Following duties routinely: time card punches and approval, emails, mailbox, and voicemail
  • Knowledge and location of SDS sheets, emergency medical kit and dental policy and procedures binder
  • Knowledge of dental equipment and supplies needed for all procedures
  • Knowledge of coverage by Healthy Neighbor Plan, Forward Health, and private insurance, along with required prior authorizations for services
  • Knowledge and compliance of the dental department’s scheduling guidelines
  • Monthly meetings with assistants, all dental staff, and bi-monthly meetings with dental office director
  • Ability to send in broken equipment for repair
  • Promote the mission, vision and values of the organization in all interactions
  • Report to work as scheduled
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Attend OSHA training annually and observe policy and procedures as they pertain to OSHA standards and guidelines

Qualifications

The individual must possess effective communication skills and development of good working relationships with other employees. This includes gaining the trust and respect of other employees, contract clinicians and patients as well as maintaining the integrity of confidential patient and business information.

Education and/or Experience

The individual must possess a high school diploma. A diploma in a Dental Assisting program or experience is preferred. The candidate must be able to perform routine dental assistance procedures, deal effectively and reassuringly with patients, maintain required equipment in good working condition. This position requires a current CPR certification.

Communication Skills

The individual must possess the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine correspondence; and speak effectively before customers. Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) are helpful, but not required. The individual must communicate with patients, families, communities, other health professionals and co-workers in a responsive and responsible manner to support a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease. Engage others, appropriate to the specific care situation, in shared patient-centered problem solving.

Computer Skills

The individual must possess a working knowledge of computers and demonstrate the ability to learn practice management system

Scenic Bluffs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

For more information on this position

  • View Full job description – www.scenicbluffs.org/careers
  • Additional questions (608) 654.5100

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