Dental Assistant

We manage multiple growing state-of-the-art dental and specialist practices in the Colorado
Springs and Denver areas with continued growth plans throughout the state. We take pride in
delivering a positive

customer experience whereby our customer satisfaction scores have always
exceeded 9.5 out of 10 across all dimensions. We have general dentists and specialists onsite in
all locations.

DESCRIPTION
The primary role of the Dental Assistant is to perform a variety of patient care, office, and
laboratory duties. Dental assistants prepare patients for oral examination and assist other dental
professionals in providing treatment to the teeth, mouth, and gums. Exemplifying the practice's 3
core values is key to the Dental Assistant becoming a great team player. . .
1. Putting Patient & Doctors experience first
2. Demonstrating ownership for results
3. Fostering compassion, optimism, & celebration
4. Practicing fanatical attention to consistency and detail
5. Being committed to continuous improvement
6. Contributing to it being a great place to work

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Customer Experience Leadership
1. Actively participate in our Peak Patient Experience by striving to keep our patients
focused on optimal treatment meanwhile making patients know we care about them as
individuals.
2. Take an active role in getting to know both new and regular patients. . . we strive for our
patients to know we just don't care about their oral hygiene, we care about them as
individuals
3. Promotes dentistry to the patient by being in communication with the patient and
promoting the treatment plan recommended by the doctor
4. Explain as necessary dental treatment or procedures to the patient when questions are
asked
5. Seat patients at the beginning of an appointment and route patents considering extensive
treatment to the Team Leader for appropriate financial arrangements prior to beginning
treatment
6. Responsible for maximizing the production scheduled for the day by keeping a watch on
the treatment plan to see that all possible work is completed that day
7. Responsible to keep the operatories on times for that the patients are seen on time. If
running behind, the DA/EDDA will notify the Team Leader who will in turn notify the
next patient
8. Instruct and educate patients about clinical procedures and give post-operative
instructions
9. Clean each operatory in accordance with the American Dental Association guidelines, as
the patient has exited the room. Keep in mind the 'view from the chair'

Clinical Skills
1. Complete X-rays and intra-oral pictures of patients
2. Set up trays with appropriate instruments for each procedure
3. Assist in all dental procedures (e.g., hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep
patients mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices)
4. Take impressions and pour up impressions in stone
5. Make temporaries
6. Assist with whitening teeth
7. Place sealants
8. Prepare charts for doctor and ensure properly completed
9. Keep informed of current OSHA regulations for sterilization procedures
10. Oil hand pieces (afternoon/evening)
11. Disinfect hand pieces and operatories after each patient
12. Perform four-handed assisting skills and delegated expanded duties
13. Establish analgesia (nitrous oxide only)
14. Chart the treatment plan as the doctor calls out the recommendations and write a
complete description of the procedure in the patient's chart if/when completed, with the
initials and the date

Administrative Activities
1. Set up treatment rooms
2. Stock operatories and put supplies away
3. Maintain proper inventory control (keep dental supplies at 4-6% of overhead)
4. Sterilize instruments and trays
5. Write/type a complete description of the procedure in the patient's chart, with the initials
and the date
6. Cross train in other areas of practice and support Office Manager during down time
7. Attend and participate in morning meetings and staff meetings
8. Be a team player

Continuing education
1. Attend continuing education courses as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily with or without accommodation. The requirements listed below are representative
of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents such as business periodicals, professionals
journals, technical procedure manuals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and
governmental regulations.
Ability to communicate effectively and present information, both verbally and in writing, to
patients and co-workers.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, or diagram form.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers,
decimals and percentages.
Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percentages.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet or humid
conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles.
The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of radiation. The
employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger,
handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk, hear, and smell. The employee is frequently
required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities
required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Equivalent to high school diploma or general education degree (GED), and specified training
courses as mandated by state for certification, licensure, or registration

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS
Desirable: Associate degree or one-year certificate from an accredited college or technical
school; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
CPR/First Aid Certification

OTHER DUTIES
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of
activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties,
responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.