JOB SUMMARY: The Dental Assistant is responsible for providing technical assistance to the dentists and dental hygienists. This includes a variety of duties from preparing rooms for patient visit to sterilizing instruments after the appointment. Additional responsibilities include providing for patient education regarding oral health and documenting procedures in the electronic health record. This position requires OSHA training and is subject to exposure to blood and other bodily fluids, as well as, enforcing HIPAA regulations specifically when accessing Protected Health Information (PHI).
CHARACTERISTIC JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Check patients in for dental visits: verify personal information for billing purposes, perform needed radiographs, obtain vital signs (i.e. electric and manual blood pressure), set up instruments for procedures/examinations, assure all forms are completed for procedures, review health history and transfers this information to the clinical note completely and accurately.
Answer phones, schedule patients, treatment plan explanation and coordination between other specialties and collect monies on an as needed basis;
Assist dentists and/or dental hygienists in daily clinical and operational activities including but not limited to: use four-handed practices at chair side, provide proper instruments during procedure to the dentist, make chart entries under the direction of the dentist or dental hygienist, record all finding and treatment plans completely and accurately in the patient’s chart and actively participate in keeping provider on schedule;
Assist in complex case management while working with postgraduate residents and overall participation in resident education and co-management of patient continuity;
Prepare patients for procedures and ensure that all the appropriate instructions and equipment are arranged and ready;
Maintain a clean oral working area prior to, during and post exams/procedures;
Promote an atmosphere of good dental and general health by demonstrating good personal oral hygiene;
Educate patients on techniques of flossing, brushing, overall oral health, and the role of the dental care team;
Clean and sterilize instruments appropriately;
Take and manipulate diagnostic radiographs on an as needed basis;
Mount radiographs in EHR for use in diagnosis;
Lab duties include, but are not limited to, pour and trim cast, mount models on articulator and fabricating bleaching and impression trays and construction of Provisionals;
Removed biohazard trash as needed;
Answer patient inquiries related to pain and/or medications;
Perform all duties in accordance with OSHA regulations;
Distribute and collect Patient Satisfaction Surveys in accordance with Institutional policy;
Attend meetings as required (Clinic and staff, etc.);
Be attentive to patient and provider needs;
Reporting End of Day (EOD) and balancing reports for the finance department;
Protect money, checks, credit cards and collect insurance information;
Coordinate Dental materials Inventory with the Dispensary on an as needed basis;
Contribute directly to the Mission of LECOM embodying the essence of Osteopathic Principles and Practices by assisting with Institutional fundraising and participating in the LECOM Scholarship Auction;
Participate in scholarly activity so to enrich and broaden the student learning experience;
Commit to being a representative of LECOM by being actively involved in the community, including, but not limited to, serving on Boards, participating in community fundraisers and overall outreach; and
Perform other duties as assigned / needed to maintain practice efficiency and effectiveness.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and experience equivalent to: a High School diploma with a Florida expanded functions (to include monitoring nitrous oxide conscious sedation) and dental radiography certificate issued by a CODA Accredited or Florida Board of Dentistry approved dental assisting program and DANB CDA current certification required. In addition, a successful candidate must maintain a CPR certification, HEP-B series completed, TB test and DPT within the last ten years.
Internal Number: 7348
About Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine
LECOM Health, the only academic health center in the osteopathic profession, is a highly innovative health care and education system that strives to add to the quality of life of our neighbors by bringing total health care to the community. At the core is Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the nation's largest medical college, with campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Bradenton and DeFuniak Springs, Florida. LECOM offers innovative and affordable education through student-centered pathways as it prepares the next generation of physicians, dentists, and pharmacists. As with the College of Medicine and School of Pharmacy, the mission of the LECOM School of Dental Medicine is to prepare students to become dentists through programs of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community service to enhance the quality of life through improved health for all humanity.
With our commitment to quality education at an affordable cost, LECOM is determined to prepare dentists who can deliver the best healthcare outcomes. Early in the curriculum, students will gain clinical experience working with patients from the Bradenton community. The College has... built clinical group practices on campus to provide dental treatments for residents who face challenges in obtaining needed dental care. Our senior year outreach group practices provide each student with a year of hands-on clinical training and they will reach more people at dental offices in Defuniak Springs, Fla., as well as in Erie, Pa.
The LECOM School of Dental Medicine will build a footbridge between the present and the future of dentistry throughout Southwest Florida and other parts of the country.