The dental assistant performs full range of duties with some independence in assigned specialties, with indirect supervision from the lead dental assistant, dental assistant supervisor or treating dentist. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: using the concepts of four-handed dentistry; assists with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration.
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The duties of the Dental Assistant include, but are not limited to:
Performs a higher level, scope, complexity and variety of clinical assignment and applies advanced clinical skills
Assists in routine general dental procedures using concepts of four-handed dentistry
Exposes both standard and specialty dental imaging (i.e. TMJ, ceph, cone beam) in traditional and/or digital formats
Infection Control and Equipment Sterilization
Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning operatory
Disinfects oral appliances to prevent cross contamination
Assists in filling gaps in the doctor's schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments
Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records
Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information in accordance with
VHA, VISN, Cincinnati VAMC and Dental Service policy
Follows computer safety and security regulations
Modifies care as necessitated by patient's age and abilities (patient transfer and position)
Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients
Participates in patient identification and time out per Joint Commission requirements
Monitors patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress
Complies with Employee Education requirements set forth of the facility
Completes mandatory annual safety training sessions
Dental Laboratory Functions
Pours impressions and prepares study models
Makes custom denture impression trays and prepares bite rims
Direct Patient Care
Monitors patient vital signs (BP, pulse, pulse oximeter) and condition during invasive treatment and during recovery period following procedure
Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday through Friday; 7:30am-4:00pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates.
English Language Proficiency. Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English
Experience and Education
(1) Experience. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work.
(2) Education. Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on [Dental] Accreditation [(CODA)].
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.
c. Certification. Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.
Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence
(a) Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.;
[(b)] Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry. [ ]
[(c) Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD).]
Special Requirements for GS-5 and above Dental Assistant (Expanded Function):
Applicants for Dental Assistant (Expanded Function) positions must have completed l year of acceptable course work, preceptorship, or other formal training and/or work assignments specifically designed to equip them with knowledge and skills required to perform intra-oral procedures involved in the position to be filled. Examples of acceptable training are:
Courses in a dental hygiene or dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation that are directly related to the intra-oral procedures (also referred to as expanded functions) that are to be performed in the position to be filled.
U.S. Army's Dental Therapy Assistant Training Program.
Continuing education courses in expanded functions for dental assistants offered by the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Other training comparable to the above in private or governmental hospitals, clinics, or schools that included formal classroom instruction and clinical training in the knowledge and skills required to perform intra-oral procedures in the position to be filled.
Grade Determinations: GS-6 Staff Dental Assistant (Full Performance Level)]
(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience [equivalent to] the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1.Ability to identify normal oral anatomy.
2.Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures.
3.Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs.
4.Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist.
5.Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats.
6.Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry.
7.Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.
8.Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures]
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/APPENDIX G36
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.
Long periods of standing, walking, sitting,and bending are required.
Above average manual/digital dexterity and the ability to work in confinements of a dental operatory are integral requirements. It is also necessary to lift up to 30 lbs from floor to counter and to transfer patients from the wheelchair, the dental chair, and back.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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