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Dental Assistant for Zapata, TX

Location:ZAPATA, TX
Salary Range:DOE
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Non-Exempt
Benefits:Paid Time-Off (PTO), Holiday, Health/Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability, 403b Retirement Plan
Employment Type:Full Time
Positions Needed:1
Description:Performs all activities related to dental assisting. Work involves assisting the Dentist and/or Dental Hygienist; performs clerical duties as needed/other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION: Under the direction of the dentist in areas relating to dental/hygiene assisting, in areas relating to dental charts under the supervision of the dental office manager in association with dental director.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires prolonged standing, sitting bending, stooping and may be required to lift or move up to 25 pounds. Requires the use of electronic office equipment as well as dental equipment.
Duties: Prepares patients for examination and treatment and dismisses them upon completion by the dentist.
Assists Dentist or Hygienist during dental or hygiene procedures as needed.
Cleans, maintains and sterilizes dental operatories, equipment and instruments.
Takes vital signs and radiographs on all patients as ordered by Dentist.
Gives post-operative and prescription instructions to patients after procedures.
Prepare and maintains dental operatories.
Sets dental appointments.
Records dental and other notations as instructed by the dentist/hygienist.
Greets clients at the window.
Initiates encounter forms and pulls charts.
Files dental records and x-ray results.
Pulls records for appointments and searches for missing records.
Assists dentist and/or dental hygienist with dental record requests.
Transfers records from record room to the vital rooms.
Complies with OSHA standards.
Maintains dental supplies inventory.
Receives phone calls relating to dental department.
Presents all patient records to the dentist and call his/her attention information pertinent to the case.
Assists with physical inventory for dental equipment.
Answers the telephone, transfers calls as needed.
Prepares numbers for appointments.
Makes copies, sends/receives faxes, etc.
Perform other duties as assigned.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Must be able to use a variety of office/dental equipment.
Must be able to follow directions.
Working knowledge of acceptable office procedures.
Ability to communicate effectively with patient population. Ability to communicate effectively with patient population.
Must be familiar with principles of nutrition and dental health, various dental instruments and medications.
Must be proficient in taking vital signs
Qualifications: Graduate from an accredited high school or GED program.
One year office experience in a dental or medical related field OR
One year dental assistant experience OR
Graduate from an approved school for dental assisting
Must have Registered Dental Assistant Certificate
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
Must have a working knowledge of computers
Must meet State Board requirements to maintain license in good standing
Must maintain a continuing education requirements including certificate CPR certificate


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