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Dental Assistant Petaluma Health Center Inc Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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Petaluma Health Center Inc is looking for highly motivated and talented candidates for the role of Dental Assistant. The new role is available in Rohnert Park, CA 94928.

Brief Details

Job: Dental Assistant

Company: Petaluma Health Center Inc
Location: Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Job Description

Job Description:
The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.

The Petaluma Health Center is an eight-time award winner in the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009 and we were named as one of ‘2015 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay’ by the North Bay Business Journal.

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas. We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.

For more information about us, please visit us at www.phealthcenter.org.

Position Title: Dental Assistant

Summary: The Dental Assistant performs a variety of dental assisting duties while promoting a safe and clean environment for quality dental care. These duties include but are not limited to assisting the doctor, and teaching patients how to care for their teeth. Communicates effectively with the patient; maintains equipment and inventory, cleans, sterilizes and packages instruments and follows standard precautions, OSHA requirements and dental board auxiliaries’ regulations. The Dental Assistant works on behalf of the patient and the dentist helping to assure a high level of professional excellence in oral health care delivery.

Areas of Responsibility:

Patient Care:

Exposes and processes dental radiographs (x-rays)
Assists the dentist during a variety of examinations and treatment procedures: instrument transfer, dental procedure isolation techniques and preparation of dental materials
Prepares treatment rooms, instruments and cassettes for procedures
Greets and prepares patients for treatment
Records medical and dental history and vital signs of patients
Records visit information in the electronic patient record (Dentrix)
Pours and trims study casts
Serves as an infection control officer, follows infection control protocols and sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment
Helps patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
Provides patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures
Teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g. tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
Uses Motivational interviewing and Caries risk assessment tools
Provides patient education, nutritional counseling and helps patient set oral health goals
Assists patients with referrals and follow up appointments
Presents treatment plans to patients
Prepares and maintains dental instruments, supplies and equipment
Coordinates lab cases with different labs; assures timely pickup and delivery of cases. Keeps the lab area clean and organized. Tracks cases and communicates scheduling needs to the Patient care coordinator.
Involved with prevention and management of dental medical emergencies
Participates in the achievement of patient satisfaction and office production goals by working efficiently and providing a high level of patient service.
Dental Systems:

Proficient with dental software programs including but not limited to Dentrix Enterprise, Guru, Dexis, and Iris Intraoral camera
Dental Office:

Performs tasks that require the use of a personal computer
Performs and keeps office records related to Sterilization and Equipment maintenance (daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly); Communicates and coordinates equipment repairs.
Participates actively in staff meetings

Conducts work in compliance with office policies and procedures, safety, OSHA, MSDS guidelines and the Dental Board of CA and COMDA
Other Duties:

Assists with other duties as directed

Required Experience:
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


High School diploma or equivalent required
Graduation from accredited Dental Assisting School preferred or 2 years on the job experience
Desired Skills:

Strong customer service ethic
Good communication skills
Ability to perform detailed work according to established formats and protocols
Licenses and Certifications:

Radiology license
Dental Board of CA accredited course of 8 hours Infection control
Dental Board of CA accredited course in Dental Practice act
CPR training current
Language Skills: Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal preferred.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to recognize problems, collect data and establish facts.

Computer Skills: MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), use of a web browser, and dental practice management software knowledge, Dentrix preferred.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Movement within health center complex environment repeatedly throughout the day
Ability to write by hand, use phone, use computer keyboard and mouse extensively to perform general office functions
Manual wrist and finger dexterity and wrist-finger speed sufficient to perform repetitive actions for extended periods of time
Ability to effectively communicate by hearing continuously and speech in a manner which can be understood by a diverse population
Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions with attention to detail and accuracy
Must have visual acuity near and far (20 inches to 20 feet), depth perception, field of vision, ability to focus on an object, ability to identify and distinguish colors
Ability to sit or stand frequently
Ability to frequently walk, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, and climb with the use of a step stool
Ability to grasp, hold and pick up and reach with hands and arms.
Ability to frequently lift and or move up to fifteen (15) pounds
Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to twenty-five (25) pounds (periodic lifting of supplies or equipment)
Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
Ability to travel to and from other health center sites and community locations
Petaluma Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Please apply directly through our career page at www.phealthcenter.org.

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