Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Needed at Spoonwood Dental Partners

Dental jobs are available in the Monadnock and Lakes regions of New Hampshire.

Seeking an experienced DENTAL ASSISTANT who is interested in working in a vibrant community in the southern half of New Hampshire as part of a dynamic, experienced, and fun team of professionals in a supportive environment.

REPORTS TO: Lead Dental Assistant

JOB SUMMARY:

The Dental Assistant will be responsible for general clinic administrative work and maintenance, as well as completing lab work under the direction of the dentist. The Dental Assistant’s primary responsibility is to prepare the examination rooms for appointments by sterilizing instruments and ensuring all necessary equipment is ready for the dentist. They also assist the dentist during their procedures by handing them instruments and anticipating their needs throughout the appointment. The Dental Assistant may also be responsible for greeting patients as they arrive, submitting billing details to the insurance company and scheduling the patient’s next appointment before they leave the clinic.

TASKS:

  • Update and maintain patient’s dental records.
  • Help administer patient care during dental cleanings and assist the dentist with complex dental procedures including oral surgery.
  • Take and process X-rays of patients.
  • Educate and advise patients on recommended oral hygiene procedures and dental maintenance, including instructions for oral care, X-rays, and other scans that may need to have scheduled.
  • Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries, or dental consultations.
  • Operate office equipment, such as computers and Dental software for scheduling, case histories, or medical records.
  • Set-up dental exam rooms, tables, assist during cleanings and fillings.
  • Help assist staff during dental procedures by holding instruments like suction, tubs, and mirrors.
  • Maintain medical records, recommendations for scheduling patients for procedures, and stocking supplies.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, or correspondence, using typewriter or personal computer.
  • Work cooperatively with team members in a respectful way.

WORK ACTIVITIES:

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Customer service skills to ensure patients feel comfortable during their appointment and well-informed about treatment and dental wellness
  • Processing Information
  • Organization skills to keep workspace clean and ensure patients, staff, dentists, and others are safe and healthy while working
  • Knowledge of dental instruments
  • Experience administering dental X-rays
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

DETAILED WORK ACTIVITIES:

  • Highly focused and have a steady hand, allowing to position dental tools correctly and hold them still throughout a procedure
  • Organized and friendly
  • Compile data or documentation
  • Prepare and Explain Treatment planning to patients.
  • Greet patients, patrons, or visitors.
  • Interview patients to collect information.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Operate office equipment.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Careful and tidy – consistently clean up during procedures to follow safety, health, and sterilization standards
  • Prepare documentation for regulatory compliance.
  • Refer patients to appropriate personnel.
  • Briefs Dental Hygienists and Dentists on their list of procedures for the day.
  • Relay information between personnel.
  • Administer pre-appointment questionnaires and health histories.
  • During a procedure, Dental Assistants can hand instruments to the Dentist and perform supervised cleaning activities.
  • After a procedure, Dental Assistants may explain aftercare instructions, cleans the exam room, and performs exit paperwork
  • Transcribe spoken or written information.
WORK CONTENT:

Physical Demands
The employee is occasionally going to Walk, Climb, Reach, Balance, Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, or Crawl; the employee is frequently Standing; the employee is regularly Sitting; Use of their hands to fingers, handles, or feels items; Reaching with hands and arms; Talking or hearing.

Lifts Weight or Exerts Force Work Environment
The employee is occasionally needing to lift Up to 25 pounds; the employee is frequently needing to lift Up to 10 pounds. In rare occasions there may be the need to lift and/or assist a patient in the operatory.

Visions
Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision; Distance vision; Peripheral vision; Depth perception; Ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The employee is occasionally exposed to Fumes or airborne particles; Toxic or caustic chemicals; Risk of electrical shock; Risk of radiation.

QUALIFICATION:
Years of Experience Education
2-5 years
Vocational School
SKILLS:

BASIC SKILLS

Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

SOCIAL SKILLS

Service Orientation
Actively looking for ways to help people.

Coordination
Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Instructing
Teaching others how to do something.

Persuasion
Persuading others to change their minds or behaviour.

COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS

Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions

SYSTEM SKILLS

Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Evaluation
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Time Management
Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

DESKTOP COMPUTER SKILLS

Databases
Using a computer application to manage large amounts of information, including creating and editing simple databases, inputting data, retrieving specific records, and creating reports to communicate the information.

Graphics
Working with pictures in graphics programs or other applications, including creating simple graphics, manipulating the appearance, and inserting graphics into other programs.

Internet
Using a computer application to create, manipulate, edit, and show virtual slide presentations.

Navigation
Using scroll bars, a mouse, and dialog boxes to work within the computer’s operating system. Being able to access and switch between applications and files of interest.

Presentations
Navigating the Internet to find information, including the ability to open and configure standard browsers; use searches, hypertext references, and transfer protocols; and send and retrieve electronic mail (e-mail).

Spreadsheets
Using a computer application to enter, manipulate, and format text and numerical data; insert, delete, and manipulate cells, rows, and columns; and create and save worksheets, charts, and graphs.

Word Processing
Using a computer application to type text, insert pictures, format, edit, print, save, and retrieve word processing documents.

KNOWLEDGE

REQUIRED

• Customer and Personal Service
• English Language
• Clerical
• Dental Assistants that conduct X-rays, apply sealant, or fluoride should follow the requirements of the State
• Completion of an accredited training program
• High school diploma or GED
• Computers and Electronics
• Administration and Management

BENEFITS

We provide competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including comprehensive health and dental insurance, PTO, CE reimbursements, paid holidays, and a profit-sharing 401K.

• Job Type: Full-time
• Pay: $15.00 – $23.00 per hour; Hourly Rate will be determined by experience
COVID-19 considerations:  We are following all suggestions from the CDC and the New Hampshire Dental Association, and we have made the safety of our staff and patients our #1 priority.

ABOUT THE MONADNOCK AND LAKES REGIONS:

The Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire and Lakes region of central New Hampshire are great places to live, work, and play with easy access to cities, airports, mountains, and the ocean.

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Contact Human Resources:

If you’re ready to join our dynamic and growing team, contact us at hr@spoonwoodpartners.com or call

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer