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Dental Assistant

Location: Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
Date Posted: 05-18-2017
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Under the direct supervision of a qualified Dentist in an ambulatory care setting, assists the dentist in the direct and indirect care of the dental patients.  Utilizes established dental assisting protocol and procedures.
  • Obtains medical and dental histories.      
  • Exposes, develops, and interprets dental x-rays.
  • Consults with dentist regarding patient history and treatment.
  • Accountable for maintaining and improving own dental assisting knowledge, skill, and competence.
  • Supports dental clinic’s philosophy, objectives, and goals.
  • Performs all dental assisting procedures assigned by the dentist.
  • Applies caries-preventive agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants.
  • Helps patients develop and maintain good oral health by educating them about plaque control, diet, tobacco use cessation, and other habits affecting oral health.
  • Applies desensitizing agents and topical anesthesia.
  • Takes impressions of teeth for study models, custom fluoride trays, or athletic mouthguards.
  • Places and removes periodontal dressings and removes sutures.
  • Operates technical equipment such as x-ray machines, and x-ray processor and sterilizers.
  • Maintains up-to-date records on patients.
  • Participates in orientation and in-service training for personnel.
  • Assists in reviewing and revising policies and procedures. 
  • Supports and enforces infection control policies and procedures.
  • Arranges to have needed supplies and equipment on hand for dental area.
  • Other duties as assigned.
JOB SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:
Required: 
  • Knowledge and ability to follow a full range of dental clinical procedures and protocols.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Knowledge of planning and scheduling techniques.
  • Ability to work as a team member within a clinical environment.
  • Patient interviewing skills.
  • Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to set up and prepare dental equipment and instrumentation in accordance with established regulations and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and institutional regulations and guidelines for the provision of dental outpatient services.
  • Ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a wide range of dental equipment in accordance with prescribed procedures and standards.
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.
  • Proficiency with EZ Dental Software, computers and MS Office.
  • Knowledge of radiation safety procedures, standards, and protocols.
  • Ability to develop and process dental radiographs.
Desired: 
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma program tools and methodologies and/or Six Sigma Certification.  
EXPERIENCE (Years):
Required: 
  • 2 years recent dental practice experience in a role where the candidate has a demonstrated ability to manage routine dental care issues.   
Desired: 
  • Expanded duty experience valued.
  • Diversity of experience is especially valued.
EDUCATION:
Required: 
  • Associates of Science in Dental or Graduate of an approved dental assisting program.
  • Certified Dental Assistant.
Desired: 
  • Expanded Function Certification.
  • Current BCLS certification.
  • Additional certifications are desired.
OTHER SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Common Access Card (CAC) required.
  • This position is unaccompanied.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident Card is required. 
  • Must be able to relocate to the United States Army Kwajalein Atoll.
  • Traveling to Kwajalein Atoll, you are required to have a valid passport in your possession prior to relocation. You must maintain a current passport during your stay on Kwajalein Atoll.
  • This is a position of Public Trust.
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