Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is seeking candidates for Dental Assistant at our Community Dental Clinic.

MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to providing primary health, integrated behavioral health, and dental services at our two Federally Qualified Health Center sites and our Dental Clinic by promoting health, reducing health risk factors, and increasing access to medical and dental services, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville-Henry County area. Additionally, the Coalition offers chronic disease self-management, medication assistance, and care coordination services to patients and local residents.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Dental Assistant performs various activities for a fast-paced Dental Clinic including assisting the dentist(s), dental hygienist(s), and dental and dental hygiene students in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients of the safety net dental clinic. The Dental Assistant is responsible for qualifying and scheduling patients for the clinic as well as assisting in the sterilization, preparation and inventory control of dental instruments and supplies.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION

  1. Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions, and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist or dental hygienist.
  2. Serves as dentist’s or dental hygienist’s chair-side assistant.
  3. Prepares operatory for patient treatment as per Dental Clinic protocols and the dentist’s or dental hygienist’s directions.
  4. Exposes and develops dental radiographs in accordance with state regulations and law as well as Dental Clinic directive and protocol.
  5. Performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with state regulation and law and Dental Clinic directive and protocol.
  6. Maintains Dental Clinic equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s directions and Dental Clinic policy and protocol.
  7. Maintains all Dental Clinic areas in compliance with Dental Clinic directives and protocols as well as center policies and procedures relative to infection control, exposure control and safety issues.
  8. Maintains adequate operatory supplies and compiles a list of individual item shortages for inventory control and ordering purposes.
  9. Maintains a list of all Dental Department patients, monitors patient flow, and assists the Dental Director, dentist(s), and dental hygienist(s) in assuring that all patient records and documents are properly and accurately completed and filed.
  10. Pulls and files patient charts as required.
  11. Receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business and patient care of the Dental Clinic.
  12. Assists with various clinical and administrative functions of the center as appropriate and time permits.
  13. Ensures the sterility of all reusable dental instruments and equipment in accordance with Dental Clinic directive and protocol.
  14. Ensures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials in accordance with Dental Clinic directive, center policy as well as state and federal                        regulation(s).
  15. Performs all functions in full compliance with the clinics and the Dental Clinic Exposure Control Plan including but not limited to the use of Personal Protective Equipment and Universal Precautions.
  16. Participates in appropriate health promotion / disease prevention activities, both on-site and off-site as required.
  17. Travels when necessary to meet operational needs.
  18. As directed by a supervisor, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives.
  19. Responsible for full personal compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and center rules, regulations, protocols, and procedures including but not limited to the participation of a Dental Assistant in the provision of clinical dental care, as well as those relating to, but not limited to personnel issues, workplace safety, public health, and confidentiality.
  20. Other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time by your supervisor that are consistent        with the Mission of the organization and intent of this position.

  EDUCATION AND TRAINING  

  1. High school diploma or GED certificate
  2. Completion of accredited course in dental assisting preferred
  3. Ability to attend to multiple tasks at the same time and to prioritize assignments and responsibilities to ensure compliance with established deadlines and protocols.
  4. Effective oral and written communication skills in English are required.
  5. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

LICENSURE AND CREDENTIALS

  1. Certified Dental Assistant preferred
  2. Current CPR (BLS) preferred

CHARACTERISTICS

  1. A diverse set of skills and abilities including organization, prioritization, good grammar, telephone, and interpersonal business manners.
  2. Strong computer skills including knowledge of Electronic Medical Record systems {EMRs).
  3. A passion and concern for the target population served by the Dental Clinic.

 SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Requires a comprehensive knowledge of dental assisting techniques and procedures for all phases of general dentistry.
  • Knowledge of modern dental materials, their storage, handling, and applications is required.
  • The Dental Assistant must be cognizant of the expectations and concerns of the center’s dental patients and be able to respond in an empathetic and professional manner.
  • The ability to work with persons from a wide diversity of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds is necessary.
  • The Dental Assistant must be able to creatively work with other health care professionals from a variety of disciplines to achieve maximal results for the center’s patient from a system of integrated primary health care.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Prolonged sitting or standing may be required.  Those physical movements and the degree of mobility, manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination normally associated with dental assisting in general practice dentistry will be performed on a repetitive basis.
  • The ability to distinguish letters and symbols as well as the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals and copiers is required.
  • Work under stressful conditions as well as irregular hours may be required.
  • Frequent exposure to communicable disease, body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, radiation, and other conditions common to a clinical environment may routinely be encountered.

Benefits:

Paid Holidays-8
Paid Vacation
Paid Sick Leave
Simple IRA Plan (with company match)
Medical, Dental and Vison Insurance
Life Insurance
Other voluntary plans available
No weekend work

This position works Monday through Friday.

MHCCHW is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Resumes may be submitted to MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness, 22 E. Church Street, Martinsville, VA 24112 or by clicking here.