Hygiene Assistant
Coast Dental
Dunedin
6d ago

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Welcome and escort patient from reception area to and from the treatment areas. Schedule appointments and assist in appointment confirmation calls.
  • Assist hygienists in clinical procedures and treatments.
  • If hygiene assistant has current Registered Dental Assistant license in California and coronal polishing certification, perform coronal polishing and floss patients, as instructed by hygienist.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Recognize signs of a dental emergency, and insure proper and timely response and notification to patient, staff, and emergency medical personnel when necessary.
  • Additional responsibilities in accordance with the delegable duties allowable by state.
  • Sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials and assist hygienist during dental procedures.
  • Learn and comply with state and Federal OSHA laws, infection control, safety standards in the dental office and operatory, including but not limited to : wearing personal protective (PPE) barriers such as gloves, scrubs, and eye wear;
  • disinfecting and sterilizing instruments and treatment areas; and disposing properly of contaminated or bio-hazardous waste / materials.

  • Learn and comply with Coast Dental’s administrative procedures.
  • Insure review and completion of documentation, including but not limited to : accurate and current medical history, medical alerts, and signed consent forms.
  • Document / chart all dental / hygiene procedures performed during each patient visit according to dentist’s instructions and legal requirements.
  • Effectively provide dental education and information to insure patient awareness of dental health and continuing treatment.
  • Effectively present to patient the dental treatment plan and proposed plan for continuing treatments in professional and confidential manner.
  • Understand and explain insurance benefits and financial options to patients in nonclinical terms.
  • Communicate with the patient all treatment to be rendered and financial obligation prior to starting procedure to avoid patient conflict.
  • Understand and explain insurance benefits and financial options to patients in non-clinical terms.

  • Appoint all patients with future hygiene and recall appointments and effectively utilize and maintain a system of contact for patient follow-up / re-care.
  • Ensure treatment rooms are appropriately equipped and stocked with inventory and re-order when necessary.
  • Notify Office Manager of equipment trouble / need for a trouble ticket or general safety concerns.
  • Understand and agree to maintain production standards.
  • Maintain professional working environment within office team.
  • Attend and participate in morning huddles, chart reviews and regular office meetings.
  • Adhere to OSHA compliant uniform attire and basic personal hygiene standards per Company policy.
  • Attend continuing education and training seminars as scheduled.
  • Understand and abide by HIPAA regulations and maintain confidentiality.
  • Follow policies listed in the employee manual to ensure consistent standards.
  • Maintain a constant line of communication with the Office Manager to establish monetary goals and insurance concerns.
  • Assist in the office cleaning, trash disposal and trouble ticket submission to correct any office maintenance issues.
  • Qualifications

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent customer services skills and verbal communication skills. Ability to read, write, speak and understand information.
  • Ability to effectively present information one-on-one with patients.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out details written or verbally instructed.
  • Basic computer knowledge and experience with dental management software experience. EagleSoft experience is preferred.
  • Ability to work in fast paced, patient-focused environment.
  • Qualifications (Experience, Education, Licensure, Certification)

  • Previous dental assisting experience preferred.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate.
  • Current certification in radiography.
  • Working Conditions

  • Hygiene Assistants work in a well-lit, clean environment. Their work area is usually near the dental chair so that they can arrange instruments, materials, and medication and hand them to the hygienists when needed.
  • Hygiene Assistants must wear gloves, masks, eyewear, and protective clothing to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.
  • Hygiene Assistants also follow safety procedures to minimize the risks associated with the use of x-ray machines and other equipment.
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