Dental Assistant

1 Position Available Closes: 3/25/18

Job Summary:

The Tribe’s Dental Assistant, Level 1, position enhances the quality of the oral health of dental patients through the provision of basic dental assistant services for the tribal dental team.  This position is regular and full-time.  The position operates under the direct supervision of the dentist, and the overall direction of the Chief Dental Officer, and with the guidance of the Director of Health Services.

Duties Include:

  • Maintains a professional, constructive, and caring attitude during all interactions with patients and coworkers.
  • Assist patients in completing medical history as needed; takes and records blood pressure and vital signs in onsite dental records system, as well as reports findings to dentist and/or hygienist.
  • Operates dental x-ray equipment to take intra- and extraoral radiographs. Completes processing of exposed radiographs and marks them with identifying information.
  • Records detailed and accurate information on patient's record related to recurring dental activities as indicated by dentist.
  • Provides chair side assistance during oral examinations and restorative treatments, passes instruments, arranges and mixes materials, operates oral evacuator and retracts tissues to maintain a clear visual field.
  • Becomes cross-trained with the Dental Front Desk position. Handles telephone calls and schedule patients as needed; assist with reminders/recalls.
  • Provide oral hygiene instruction.
  • Take impressions, make bleaching trays, ordering supplies and repairs.
  • Maintain dental clinic, including lab, in a clean, orderly, sterile condition. Cleans, polishes and oils equipment; sterilizes instruments. Deep cleaning once weekly and observing infection control practices at all times.  Maintain, clean, package, sterilize and store all dental equipment and instruments.  Assist with tracking of inventory. 



  • Desire to work in a Tribal health setting where patients own the clinic
  • Deep respect for tribal members, values, sovereignty and history
  • Outstanding customer/patient service skills
  • Previous dental experience preferred with thorough understanding of the operations of a professional dental clinic. Dental assistant certification preferred; willingness to receive on-going continuing education required.


Travel Requirements:

  • Local, statewide and out of state travel may be required.


Physical Requirements:

  • Normal or corrected visual acuity sufficient for observation of oral conditions and for patient assessment.
  • High level of hand-eye coordination necessary for extremely fine motor control.
  • Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care.
  • Full manual dexterity including the functioning of both arms, both wrists, both hands and all fingers.
  • Tactile ability sufficient for the use of small instruments with control sufficient for instrumentation.
  • Ability to manipulate clinical and laboratory instruments and syringes with sufficient fine motor control to operate in a safe manner to avoid patient injury.
  • Ability to remain continuously on task for several hours while sitting, standing or moving
  • Frequently required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

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