Dental Assistant-Advanced, TEMPORARY POSITION, Approximate 4 months in duration
Oregon Health and Science University
Location: Portland, Oregon
Internal Number: 21648
OHSU's focus on healing, teaching, and discovery combined with our deep history in Oregon is unique. We are the state's only academic health center and one of the only universities in the U.S. devoted exclusively to educating doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and public health professionals. At OHSU's School of Dentistry, we strive to make an impact in our community by delivering excellence in our dental care facilities, utilizing cutting-edge technologies while enhancing the knowledge of our inclusive dental professionals and leaders. We value each and every one of our professionals by providing a welcoming work environment and industry leading benefits.
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The Dental Assistant Advanced, under the supervision of a licensed dentist, provides chair side assistance to Orthodontic faculty, predoctoral and postdoctoral students, and patients in the Orthodontic clinic. This busy Orthodontic clinic focuses on providing excellence in patient care while training future leaders in the Orthodontic profession. Main job duties include: assisting with direct patient care, fabricating orthodontic appliances, radiographs, impressions, and assist in appointment scheduling and electronic maintaining patient records.
Dental Assisting. Under the supervision of a dentist, Assist graduate students, pre-doctoral students, and faculty during clinic hours by setting up and clearing away instruments and materials used at patient appointments; access patient records (digital and analogue). Perform these tasks in coordination with other staff within the department. Assist patients with questions and concerns during work hours but outside of scheduled clinic time; address patient concerns within the scope of dental assisting certification in consultation with graduate students and faculty. For DA3, where certification as an expanded function orthodontic assistant is required, perform duties as allowed by the Oregon Board of Dentistry, including removal and replacement of appliances to relieve patient discomfort.
Advanced Specialty Dental Assisting Functions: Advanced Specialties may require assistance in post-operative care, such as remove post-extraction and surgical dressings and sutures; IV sedation set up for patients requiring sedation; checks and ensure readiness of surgical aspirating equipment, nitrous oxide-oxygen unit and accessories and emergency kits; monitoring sedated patients for vital signs and instructing person accompanying patient regarding care of sedated patients. Advance Specialties may include assisting procedures that require the use of a dental microscope; or assistance with removal of orthodontic bands, brackets, attachments, bonding material and cement; fitting or recementing orthodontic bands; placing/removing orthodontic separators; preparing teeth and positioning orthodontic appliances for bonding; fitting/adjusting headgear; removing/replacing orthodontic wires including ligation; and cutting archwires.
Dental Laboratory Functions. Pouring, trimming and scanning of models, soft denture reline, and fabrication of 6392A Page 2 of 2 Effective 4/2003 Updated 1/19/21 interim prosthesis or other oral appliance. Use and maintenance of equipment for fabrication of prostheses or other oral appliances. Fabrication of patient take home products.
Educational Support. Provides support to dental students in techniques of four handed dentistry and use of chair side dental assistant. Reinforces aseptic techniques, posture, chair positions, instrument exchange, use of dental materials and efficient operatory set up. Explains and demonstrates equipment care. Evaluates dental students for infection control compliance. Match students with clinic partners which might include patient assignments.
Clinical Support and Administrative Functions. Under dentist's supervision, Document in the EHR including medical health history information, examination findings or treatment procedures and other pertinent patient care information. Enter, progress and complete treatments. Schedule, plan and confirm patient appointments and recalls. Clerical duties related to patient status updates. Review and obtain patient signature for consent and other clinic procedural compliance forms. Ensure notes, codes, and referrals are completed in patient record. Clerical duties needed to ensure clinic function. Supply order coordination. May also need to rotate schedule coverage for clinics and ORs. May also include daily huddles and coordination with providers for daily readiness and best practice patient care.
Completion of an approved Dental Assistant training program AND two years' experience as a chair side Dental Assistant in an Advanced Specialty OR Three years' experience as a chair side Dental Assistant in an Advanced Specialty
Certification by the Oregon State Board of Dentistry for Radiological Proficiency required for all positions
Current valid Basic Life Support (BLS) card from American Heart Association required for all positions
Must have worked as a dental assistant in an advanced specialty within the last 5 years
Knowledge or experience in the use of computer scheduling programs
Advanced specialty dental assisting may require EFDA, EFODA, DAANC, dental anesthesia certification or other sedation/surgical advanced certifications, skills
All are welcome
Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or [email protected] As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
As the state's only health and research university, OHSU brings together patient care, research, education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians.The university is a conduit for learning for more than 2,800 students, providing training to interns, residents and fellows in postgraduate medical and research. It is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing. OHSU cares for more than 251,000 patients each year from around the region and takes a leadership role in contributing to solutions involving the health of the state and the nation, such as health care access and transparency, ethics and workforce shortage. Beyond providing critical health care services, quality education and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual operating budget of $2.06 billion and more than 14,000 employees, OHSU is Portland?s largest employer. Its size contributes to its ability to provide... many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in Oregon. For more information visit http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm