Along with clinical responsibilities, the dental assistant will also have research responsibilities for studies that are conducted in the clinic.
Help patients feel comfortable before, during, and after dental treatment.
Prepare patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient.
Schedule clinical appointments with patients in person and over the phone.
Ask about the patient's medical history, blood pressure, and pulse.
Document measurements and treatments in the electronic dental record. Position and pass instruments for dentist's access.
Suction patient saliva and debris during treatments.
Maintain patient confidence by keeping information confidential.
Provide patients with instructions for oral self-care following dental treatments.
Teach patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling).
Provide information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests.
Provide other assistance to clinical staff as needed.
Prepare treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
Adhere to infection control and sterilization procedures and prepare instruments and equipment.
Provide instrumentation by working with Central Sterile Processing to sterilize and deliver instruments to treatment area.
Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
Maintain dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
Support, facilitate and coordinate daily study activities while working with investigators and other staff.
Educate patients about study procedures to be performed, the study visit schedule, what to report between and during visits, and the risks and benefits of the procedures.
Plan and coordinate the schedule for study non-clinical visits and activities.
With guidance from study protocols, investigators, and staff, conduct screening and informed consent for potential study enrollees, administer study questionnaires/surveys with study enrollees, collect intraoral images of study enrollees.
Prepares for or participate in quality assurance audits under supervision or following specific protocol procedures.
Participates in study-related documentation, such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports.
Performs other related work as needed.
Dental Assisting National Boardâ™s Certified Dental Assistant certification.
2 years of experience as a dental assistant, handling administrative tasks, and maintaining a dental office.
Research experience. Â
Full knowledge of oral health clinical practice including visual identification of oral health disease and adversity, minor and major ailments.
Ability to learn and use ICE dental EMR, REDCap, Epic EMR, MouthWatch software, and Dexis software.
Familiarity with general business practices.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Commitment to providing a high level of service and high degree of professionalism.
Attention to detail.
Ability to learn and complete processes of research study participant recruitment.
Ability to learn processes and complete processes of administering questionnaires for survey-based research.
Ability to read and understand complex documents, e.g. protocols.
Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion and in compliance with HIPAA guidelines.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to absorb large amounts of information quickly.
Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under tight deadlines.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
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