Under the general supervision of the Dental Services Supervisor, the DA provides skilled dental clinical support to assist the Dentist(s) and Hygienist(s) in the dental operatory. Assist with referrals, sets up operatory, sterilizes tools, sanitizes chairs and equipment according to standard, monitor patients during treatment, provides clerical, clinical and maintenance support for the effective functioning of the Dental Center; provides interpretation services between patient and provider(s) as necessary helping patients maintain and improve their oral health. Treats patients professionally and with dignity.
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. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS MAY BE MADE TO ENABLE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL DUTIES.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Diagnose and treat acute, episodic or chronic mental illnesses.
Provides accurate Spanish/English interpretation for dentists, dental hygienists, and patients and translates written materials as needed
Assists dentists with all dental procedures including surgery
Pours models and prepare cases to be sent to the lab
Constructs night guards
Conducts patient education programs
Distributes patient education materials, and explain treatment
Cleans, sterilize and maintains dental equipment and operatories as appropriate
Schedules appointments as necessary
Reminds patients about dental appointments, no show and cancellation policies and follow-up on missed appointments
Participates in continuing professional development to keep informed of clinical practices
Answers inquiries about dental services
Performs general clerical duties
Maintains patient information and confidentiality in accordance with applicable laws and agency policies
Adheres to OSHA guidelines for a safe work environment
Adheres to Community Nurse Health Center guidelines related to Radiation Safety, Infection Control, Patient Safety and customer service.
Complies with applicable laws and regulations and Community Nurse Compliance Program
Performs other duties as assigned
Telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy
Adhere to OSHA guidelines for a safe work environment
Follows all rules required to comply with confidentiality and HIPAA policies.
Complies with applicable laws and regulations and the corporate compliance program of Community Nurse
Performs other duties as assigned
Minimum 18 years of age
High School Graduate or GED equivalent
Current Illinois Dental Assistant Certification - preferred
Meets agency health and immunization requirements
Experience in a not-for-profit organization, preferred
Experience in a hospital or community health center preferred
Coronal polishing - preferred
Ability to communicate dental procedures and terminology to and with patients & dental professionals.
Ability to work with a diverse range of personnel – protected classes of genders, races, religious backgrounds, socio-economic status, etc.
Ability to multi-task.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks from more than one person at a time.
Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, ECW or other EHR software).
Demonstrate flexibility and “whatever-it-takes” attitude.
Ability to read and interpret maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, Safety Data Sheets.
Ability to be mobile in our facilities.
Ability to lift/support/restrain patients when necessary.
Ability to lift small boxes, packages and other items up to 25 lbs.
Varied settings within the multi-site organization mostly offices, conference areas, community meetings and professional meetings.
Dental Chair, slow and high-speed hand-pieces, curing lights, Cavitron ultrasonic, scalers, supplies for extractions, supplies for composite fillings, blood pressure machine, computers, digital phones, scanners, fax and copy machines, tablets, digital projection devices.
About Pillars Community Health
Pillars Community Health is an innovative health and social services agency, one of only a few nonprofits in the state of Illinois to integrate primary medical and dental care with behavioral health, social, and educational services. The organization is the result of a merger between Pillars and Community Nurse Health Center on January 1, 2018. To learn more about our merged agency, visit www.PillarsCommunityHealth.org
Pillars Community Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status.