A certified dental assistant is a dental professional who provides oral health care services and clinical support at dentists’ offices. They welcome patients and establish a rapport to make them comfortable and record detailed medical and dental histories, measure vital signs, apply any required topical anesthetic, and assist dentists and dental hygienists by handing off the necessary dental instruments and dental supplies. After an appointment is complete, they update patient records and sterilize all equipment and instruments while adhering to all dental office infection control policies and safety regulations. Dental assistants will also provide post-operative instruction, schedule follow-up appointments, and answer patient questions about oral hygiene. They typically work in a clinical environment at a dental practice, at public health departments, or in schools specializing in dental care.
Our busy dental practice is growing, and we need a caring and competent certified dental assistant to support our team! The ideal applicant will deliver high-quality dental services and patient care that leaves our clients feeling like family. You must be licensed with 2 years of experience in dental assisting and possess fantastic communication skills. If you have the experience, a commitment to positive patient experiences, and are looking to work with a fun and talented group where you can take pride in making someone smile, we encourage you to apply today!
Certified Dental Assistant responsibilities
Greet patients and explain dental care treatment plans so they feel comfortable during the appointment
Take and document vital signs and medical history for patient records
Prepare and lay out sterilized equipment, dental instruments, anesthetics, dental supplies, and materials inside treatment rooms for examinations and dental procedures
Assist dentists and dental hygienists during any procedures or examinations by handing off dental instruments, providing suction, and ensuring chair-side accessibility to the team
Adhere to all dental office infection control policies and safety regulations by disinfecting and sterilizing all equipment and instruments after use
Schedule appointments for patient care follow up, answer any questions they may have about dental hygiene, and provide postoperative instructions with methods for infection control of the patients’ teeth and gums, after procedures
Certified Dental Assistant qualifications
An Associate’s Degree or a certification from a college or technical school training program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation is required
Must possess a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificate or Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) state licensure by the Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB)
Current BLS/CPR certification is required
Previous dental assisting experience as a registered dental assistant or certified dental assistant (2 years) is necessary
Experience with dental software, updating patient histories, and computer skills are needed
Strong interpersonal skills, customer service, organization, and excellent communication skills are essential
Certified Dental Assistant compensation
$17.87/hour (National Average)
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