Job opening: Staff Dental Assistant
Salary: $54 914 - 71 390 per year
Published at: Jan 23 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The Dental Assistant assists the dentist in many aspects of direct patient care with the ability to perform the full range of duties with some independence in assigned specialties and clerical functions, with indirect supervision from the dentist or supervisor. Duties will be performed in the Dental Clinic.
Major duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Shows courtesy, respect, and a positive attitude for patients, co-workers and the public.
Provides assistance to customers with questions or concerns, provides service recovery.
Sets up operatory and/or surgery suite for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover.
Passes instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently.
Keeps operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably for patients.
Prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturer's instructions.
Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed.
Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized.
Imaging requests are accomplished within the desired time frame.
Infection Control and Equipment Sterilization
Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatory.
Instruments are properly prepared for sterilization by SPS standards.
Instruments are prepared in manner that does not delay clinical care.
Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in exposing images.
Assists patients in scheduling appointments.
Assists in filling gaps in the doctor's schedule due to late cancellation and failed appointments.
Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records.
Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information.
Follows computer security regulations.
Modifies care as necessitated by patient's age and abilities (patient transfer and position).
Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients.
Participates in patient identification and time out per Joint Commissions requirements.
Monitors patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress.
Complies with Employee Education requirements.
Completes mandatory annual safety training sessions.
Dental Laboratory Functions
Pours impressions and prepares study model.
Selects and manipulates a variety of gypsums and waxes.
Makes final denture impression trays and prepares bite rims.
Fabricates custom trays.
Direct Patient Care
Assists with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic, and implant placement and restoration.
Anticipates surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment.
Work Schedule: 8-4:30 M-F
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency: Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Education and/or Experience:
Experience. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work. OR,
Education. Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.
Certification: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.
Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence:
Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. OR
Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry. OR
Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD).
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
GS-6 Staff Dental Assistant
Experience. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:
Ability to identify normal oral anatomy.
Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures.
Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs.
Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist.
Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats.
Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry.
Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.
Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures.
Preferred Experience: One year chairside experience preferred.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/46, PART II, APPENDIX G36
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.
Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/
- Address VA Northern California Health Care System
10535 Hospital Way
Mather, CA 95655
- Name: Charmaine Runne
- Phone: 000-000-0000
- Email: [email protected]