A registered dental assistant is a licensed professional who assists with general oral healthcare procedures and support in a dental office. A registered dental assistant is able to perform all of the duties of a certified dental assistant including preparing exam rooms, assisting dentists and hygienists during procedures and examinations, educating patients on oral health, providing patients with aftercare instructions, and scheduling appointments. They’re also able to perform expanded duties including taking x-rays and applying topical anesthesia. Registered dental assistants typically work in a clinical environment at a dental practice, a public health department, or in schools specializing in dental care.
Our growing dental office has a fantastic opportunity for a registered dental assistant to join our team! Our ideal candidate will have 3 years of previous experience working in a dental office as an RDA and is ready to provide exemplary care for our patients. We take pride in providing a caring and positive atmosphere for our patients. If you have a great attitude and love working with a fun team in the expanding dental industry, apply today!
Registered 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, take x-rays of patients’ mouths, and apply a topical anesthetic for dental procedures, if necessary
Prepare and layout 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
Registered 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
State licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
Current BLS/CPR certification is required
Previous dental assisting experience as a registered dental assistant or certified dental assistant (3 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
Registered Dental Assistant compensation
$19.67/hour (National Average)
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