Dental Assistant

Indiana University
May 1, 2021
Indianapolis, IN
Job Type




Department Information

The Indiana University School of Dentistry has been advancing oral health in the state and beyond since 1879, when it was founded as the Indiana Dental College. Over the past 140 years, we've become a national leader in preparing oral health professionals, conducting innovative research that has an impact on patients and the profession, and providing patient-centered care.

This position is for the Orthodontic Department.

Job Summary

- Under a moderate degree of supervision, provide chair side assistance to pre-doctoral and graduate dental students, faculty, and licensed dental staff in a specialized setting.

- Provide chair side assistance to dentist by passing instruments, holding devices such as suction tubes, and cleaning patients mouth during and after specialty dental and root canal procedures.

- Assist in administration of local anesthetic agent.

- Take patients' blood pressure and maintain patients' vital statistics.

- Provide preoperative care to patients, prepare patients for surgery by positioning them comfortably and applying topical anesthetics, and provide post-operative care and instructions to patients.

- Instruct graduate students and pre-doctoral dental students on taking digital radiographs, cone beam radiographs and cone beam scans.

- Confirm that instruments are sterilized and working properly and organize them for procedures and/or surgery.

- Ensure that equipment used for dental procedures is sterilized and areas are clean and ready to receive new patients.

- Assist front office in scheduling follow up visits.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma or GED and one year of experience assisting in applicable specialty dental assisting.

Radiology license.

Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure. Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner. Demonstrated customer service skills. Performs work independently with minimal supervision. Possesses strong technical aptitude. Strong communication skills. Articulate and responsive to colleagues. Demonstrates a high commitment to quality. Effective interpersonal skills. Ability to simultaneously handle multiple priorities. Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.

Preferred Qualifications

Dental Assisting certification.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires sedentary work as well as extended durations of moving about the workplace. It requires the ability to move objects and equipment weighing up to 25 pounds, and the ability to discern between various objects and devices and to position patients. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

IUPUI campus

Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Intermediate

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Health Services

Job Family: Dentistry
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