Performs chairside assistance duties in all phases of restorative, prosthodontic, surgical, endodontic, and periodontal treatment as provided in general dentistry. Assists in oral surgery and periodontal surgery. Receives patients and schedules appointments for treatment. Records information related to medical history of patient, when required, routes patient for medical tests and services. Charts examination and treatment information as relayed by dentist on patient records. Records information as directed by dentist on prescriptions and a variety of forms related to dental care for signature of dentist. Sterilizes instruments, materials, and equipment; prepares sterile surgical trays for a wide variety of oral surgeries and periodontal procedures. Maintains dental equipment in a clean and operative condition; properly stores and maintains adequate levels of supplies. Prepares and arranges all instruments and materials needed for each treatment; prepares patient and operatory. Assists dentist at chairside as anticipated or required in all phases of general dentistry, oral surgery and periodontal surgery. Sets up instruments, equipment, and materials, or assures that they are present and properly arranged in the operatory in accordance with requirements for sterility. Drapes patient with sterile sheet and towels. During surgery, anticipates the dentist's need at each stage of operation, performs the following: passes instruments and materials to and retrieves them from the dentist; illuminates field of surgery; retracts and stabilizes tissue; keeps field of surgery free of debris using irrigating solutions, suction tip, and evacuator; cuts sutures; observes patient for signs of adverse reaction to treatment, such as fainting, shock or other distress; assists in monitoring patient by noting vital signs; adheres to necessary aseptic precautions throughout treatment. Following surgery, irrigates surgical site, prepares surgical dressing (periodontal), and removes contaminated instruments and materials using precautionary procedures. Packages tissue specimens from biopsies and routes to pathological laboratory. Changes and removes surgical dressings, and removes sutures as directed. Relays to patient instructions from dentist for all types of post-treatment care including specialized instructions for post-surgery patient. Provides oral hygiene instructions in the common causes of decay, brushing, and flossing techniques, and care of prosthodontic appliances. Records treatment and examination information on patient records; prepares consent forms for surgery and anesthesia. Provides chairside assistance in general dentistry when required, anticipating dentist's need for various instruments, materials and services. Operates dental radiograph equipment to take intra and extra-oral radiographs. Develops and finishes film. Pours and trims models from impressions, constructs base plates and bite rims in observance of laboratory techniques. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am- 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Note: This is a Bargaining Unit Position.
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