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EFDA - Certified Dental Assistant
Kaiser Permanente | Portland, Oregon
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Job Description

Provide direct support to dentists, hygienists, denturists & other provider personnel in the delivery of dental care & service within a KP dental office.
 
Essential Functions:
Perform all of the duties permitted a dental assistant consistent with the individual's training & in the presence of or under the observation of a licensed provider as referenced in state dental practice act & the related administrative rules 
These duties to include:
Apply topical anesthetic & desensitizing agents, as directed by the provider
Removal of sutures & post-extraction & periodontal dressings
Retract a patient's cheek, tongue, or other tissue during an operation
Assist in the placement or removal of a rubber dam
Remove debris created during operative procedures with a vacuum device, compressed air, mouth washes, or water
Extra-oral procedures which are not hazardous
Inspect the oral cavity using a mirror
Dry root canals with paper points
Place temporary filling material into the endodontic access
Take impressions for periodontal night guard
Polish the coronal surfaces of teeth when a dentist or hygienist has determined teeth are free of calculus
Train persons (patients) in techniques of oral hygiene & prevention of oral disease
Place films (dental radiographs), adjust equipment preparatory to exposing films, & expose films
In support of the practice of a dentist provider who is not an orthodontist:
Preliminary select & size bands
Remove fixed orthodontic appliances
Check for loose bands & brackets
Remove ligature ties & head appliances
Place & remove arch wires, elastics & orthodontic separators
Take intra-oral measurements for orthodontic procedures
Remove supra-gingival orthodontic bracket bonding material with a h& piece that does not exceed 25,000 revolutions per minute
Place ligature ties & head appliances
Train persons (patients) in techniques of oral hygiene & prevention of oral disease
Place films (dental radiographs), adjust equipment preparatory to exposing films, & expose films
Organize patient's dental record consistent with established guidelines, confirm its availability & assure that it is in order & ready for provider's use at the time care & service is to be provided
Greet, introduce self to, & inform patient of general treatment to be provided & provider to be seen consistent with established KP behavioral guidelines
Review health questionnaire with patient & notify provider of reported conditions that could affect treatment
Promote patient's emotional comfort by gaining rapport, instilling confidence & promoting tranquility
Inform & answer patient's &/or parent's questions regarding care & service provided as directed by provider
Anticipate needs of provider in the delivery of patient care & service
Communicate information important to maintaining the proper scheduling & flow of patients consistent with information recorded in the patient's dental record
Prepare, organize, arrange & pass dental instruments, supplies & materials as requested by the provider & required by established guidelines
Record &/or verify all patient care & service related information on all necessary forms & documents consistent with established guidelines & in a manner that accurately reflects the information documented in the patient's dental record
As required in support of direct patient care activities, enter, retrieve & transmit patient care & service related information via the program's automated patient & provider scheduling system (team), consistent with established guidelines & training
This job description is not all encompassing
Provide direct support to dentists, hygienists, denturists & other provider personnel in the delivery of dental care & service within a KP dental office.
 
Essential Functions:
Perform all of the duties permitted a dental assistant consistent with the individual's training & in the presence of or under the observation of a licensed provider as referenced in state dental practice act & the related administrative rules 
These duties to include:
Apply topical anesthetic & desensitizing agents, as directed by the provider
Removal of sutures & post-extraction & periodontal dressings
Retract a patient's cheek, tongue, or other tissue during an operation
Assist in the placement or removal of a rubber dam
Remove debris created during operative procedures with a vacuum device, compressed air, mouth washes, or water
Extra-oral procedures which are not hazardous
Inspect the oral cavity using a mirror
Dry root canals with paper points
Place temporary filling material into the endodontic access
Take impressions for periodontal night guard
Polish the coronal surfaces of teeth when a dentist or hygienist has determined teeth are free of calculus
Train persons (patients) in techniques of oral hygiene & prevention of oral disease
Place films (dental radiographs), adjust equipment preparatory to exposing films, & expose films
In support of the practice of a dentist provider who is not an orthodontist:
Preliminary select & size bands
Remove fixed orthodontic appliances
Check for loose bands & brackets
Remove ligature ties & head appliances
Place & remove arch wires, elastics & orthodontic separators
Take intra-oral measurements for orthodontic procedures
Remove supra-gingival orthodontic bracket bonding material with a h& piece that does not exceed 25,000 revolutions per minute
Place ligature ties & head appliances
Train persons (patients) in techniques of oral hygiene & prevention of oral disease
Place films (dental radiographs), adjust equipment preparatory to exposing films, & expose films
Organize patient's dental record consistent with established guidelines, confirm its availability & assure that it is in order & ready for provider's use at the time care & service is to be provided
Greet, introduce self to, & inform patient of general treatment to be provided & provider to be seen consistent with established KP behavioral guidelines
Review health questionnaire with patient & notify provider of reported conditions that could affect treatment
Promote patient's emotional comfort by gaining rapport, instilling confidence & promoting tranquility
Inform & answer patient's &/or parent's questions regarding care & service provided as directed by provider
Anticipate needs of provider in the delivery of patient care & service
Communicate information important to maintaining the proper scheduling & flow of patients consistent with information recorded in the patient's dental record
Prepare, organize, arrange & pass dental instruments, supplies & materials as requested by the provider & required by established guidelines
Record &/or verify all patient care & service related information on all necessary forms & documents consistent with established guidelines & in a manner that accurately reflects the information documented in the patient's dental record
As required in support of direct patient care activities, enter, retrieve & transmit patient care & service related information via the program's automated patient & provider scheduling system (team), consistent with established guidelines & training
This job description is not all encompassing

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
One (1) year of experience as a dental assistant or a graduate from an ADA accredited dental assisting program
High school diploma or GED
Current Oregon Certificate of Dental Radiological Proficiency upon hire
Oregon EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) certification within ninety (90) days of hire date
Pit and Fissure Sealant certification within 120 day of hire date
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers within ninety (90) days of hire date
The individual applicant for this position must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the individual performing the selection interview, the following qualifications if he or she is to be selected.  Furthermore, consistent with the fact that these qualifications are required for selection, they then must be satisfactorily maintained by the individual as a condition of continued employment:
Demonstrated competence in four-handed dentistry technique
Satisfactory level of knowledge and proficiency in use of current dental materials, instruments and equipment
Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and work effectively under both direct and indirect supervision
Well organized in use of time and effort
Demonstrated capacity to act in a professionally courteous manner when interacting with patients, providers and other employees - good interpersonal skills
Excellent attendance record
Final candidate is required to pass a clinical pre-employment skills test
 
Preferred Qualifications:
Basic knowledge of sterilization and infection control equipment is preferred
Basic Qualifications:
One (1) year of experience as a dental assistant or a graduate from an ADA accredited dental assisting program
High school diploma or GED
Current Oregon Certificate of Dental Radiological Proficiency upon hire
Oregon EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) certification within ninety (90) days of hire date
Pit and Fissure Sealant certification within 120 day of hire date
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers within ninety (90) days of hire date
The individual applicant for this position must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the individual performing the selection interview, the following qualifications if he or she is to be selected.  Furthermore, consistent with the fact that these qualifications are required for selection, they then must be satisfactorily maintained by the individual as a condition of continued employment:
Demonstrated competence in four-handed dentistry technique
Satisfactory level of knowledge and proficiency in use of current dental materials, instruments and equipment
Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and work effectively under both direct and indirect supervision
Well organized in use of time and effort
Demonstrated capacity to act in a professionally courteous manner when interacting with patients, providers and other employees - good interpersonal skills
Excellent attendance record
Final candidate is required to pass a clinical pre-employment skills test
 
Preferred Qualifications:
Basic knowledge of sterilization and infection control equipment is preferred

About Kaiser Permanente

Company Description

Serving approximately 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia, Kaiser Permanente is America's leading nonprofit integrated health plan.

Kaiser Permanente's mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Our Northern California Region provides integrated health care services to approximately 3.2 million members. Approximately 4,400 physicians of The Permanente Medical Group provide services at 20 medical centers and numerous medical offices.

Company History

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan, serving more than 8.6 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif. It comprises:

  1.   • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries

  • The Permanente Medical Groups.

At Kaiser Permanente, physicians are responsible for medical decisions. The Permanente Medical Groups, which provide care for Kaiser Permanente members, continuously develop and refine medical practices to help ensure that care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Kaiser Permanente’s creation resulted from the challenge of providing Americans medical care during the Great Depression and World War II, when most people could not afford to go to a doctor. Among the innovations it has brought to U.S. health care are:

  • prepaid health plans, which spread the cost to make it more affordable

  • physician group practice to maximize their abilities to care for patients

  • a focus on preventing illness as much as on caring for the sick

  • an organized delivery system, putting as many services as possible under one roof

Mission & Values

As a health care organization in the 21st century, we have a mission--to provide quality care for our members and their families, and to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Working Here

When you bring your career to Kaiser Permanente, the work you do directly affects the health of millions. From the business people who shape our policies, to the IT professionals enabling life-saving data, to the nurses and physicians on the front line of patient care, everyone here has a role to play in the care continuum. Knowing you have a place in that process and witnessing the outcome of the work you do is empowering. It gives you a cause to stand behind. And it makes you feel proud of the work you do every day. When people witness the impact of their contributions, they excel. Together we have the power to make a difference.

Hiring Information

The first step in beginning your career search is to look for open jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. Each posting includes a description of the position and the minimum required qualifications. Once you find a position you are interested in, register for an account and provide your information for consideration online.

Benefits

As an employee, you are eligible for benefits according to your full-time/part-time status and the number of hours scheduled to work per week. Benefits may vary based on your Kaiser Permanente region, position, scheduled hours, and representation by collective bargaining or employee groups, but generally include:

  • generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave

  • medical care (including prescriptions), vision, mental health, and dental care

  • disability and life insurance coverage

  • educational opportunities and tuition reimbursement

  • employee assistance programs

  • health care, dependent care, and transit spending account options

  • retirement plans

In addition, we believe in recognizing stellar performance and sponsor a variety of programs designed to reward our skilled, innovative, caring, and committed staff.

In short, at Kaiser Permanente, we understand that there is a direct correlation between happy employees and happy members. We take pride in the compassion and dedication of our employees and find many ways to reward their hard work. In return, our employees take pride in being a part of a collaborative, professional team focused on quality, service, and care.

Honors & Awards

Kaiser Permanente of Northern California has earned an "Excellent" rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-the nation's leading reviewer of health plan quality for consumers and employers. Excellent is the top rating granted by NCQA, which reviews satisfaction surveys, preventive measures, physician credentialing, member services and improvement initiatives.*

Both our Northern and Southern California regions were the only health plans in California identified by the NCQA in its list of the best health care programs in the Pacific States. (NCQA's The State of Health Care Quality 2003)

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredits all Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in California.

For the seventh straight year, no other health plan has earned higher ratings from the California Cooperative Health Reporting Initiative on more measures than Kaiser Permanente. The annual ratings measure clinical quality and member satisfaction. (CCHRI Report on Quality 2003)

Our Northern California region received more three-star "Excellent" ratings than any other health plan surveyed by California's Office of the Patient Advocate on California's Quality of Care Report Card 2003-04.

* Commercial HMO and Medicare-contracted product lines: April 2003.