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Dental Assistant

Company: Sycuan Gaming Center
Location: El Cajon
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

The ancestors of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation existed many centuries ago as a community of peoplea Tribe living together, farming, hunting and fishing to survive.

Much has changed since that time. Today the Sycuan Tribe governs its Reservation, owns and operates a Casino and a Golf Resort, and owns a number of other business ventures in the San Diego Region.

One attribute that remains unchanged, however, is Sycuan's sense of community. Sycuan is more than just a business. Sycuan is a community of people working together toward a common goal. Whether you work in our state-of-the-art Casino, our beautiful Resort, or become a staff member in our Tribal Government division, you will be part of the Sycuan family.

Dental Assistant Job Purpose:

Provides dental assistant services according to licensing protocols and under the appropriate supervision and provides receptionist duties

Dental Assistant Job Duties and Responsibilities:

(Note: Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at the sole discretion of Sycuan Management at any time)

  • Performs morning opening procedures in preparation for patient care

  • Greets patients and maintains a safe clean working environment

  • Seats patients and informs the dentist that they are present

  • Takes and processes x-rays as directed by the dentist

  • Prepares the treatment tray in preparation for dental care

  • Assists the dentist within established licensing and supervisory limitations

  • Adheres to standards for infection control and personal protection in accordance with SMDC, local, state and federal OSHA regulations

  • Disinfects the dental operatory prior to and after patient care

  • Maintains the dental unit vacuum unit solids collector (trap) and lines

  • Replenishes the dental unit distilled water supply

  • Cleans, organizes and stocks inventory in the dental operatory, sterilization area, laboratory and darkroom

  • Maintains, sterilizes and disinfects all x-ray machines, processors, sterilizers, operatory equipment, dental hand-pieces, procedure instruments and other equipment utilized during daily operations

  • Documents the sterilization inventory board to maintain adequate supply inventory

  • Completes laboratory work as needed and manages cases to be sent out and the return date for their delivery

  • Performs and documents the inventory of all department equipment

  • Performs and documents the testing and maintenance of sterilizers, eyewash stations, emergency resuscitation gear, defibrillator and fire extinguishers

  • Answers the telephone and provides information and services according to scripted protocols

  • Responds to recorded messages and forwards calls and inquiries as needed

  • Calls patients to confirm scheduled visits and to fill available appointments

  • Calls laboratories, vendors, contracted entities and medical/dental providers to ensure continuous operations and facilitate patient care

  • Coordinates dental appointments according to sequenced treatment plans, required procedure time and conforming to current templates

  • Informs dental providers and assistant staff of appointments scheduled on the basis of urgent care or Tribal priority

  • Manages hard charts and opens electronic charts as needed and in preparation for scheduled dental visits

  • Provides patients with appropriate registration forms, obtains insurance eligibility information and creates new electronic and hard patient charts

  • Updates electronic and hard patient charts with current identification, contact and insurance/billing information

  • Completes registration of patients into appropriate existing SMDC databases

  • Monitors and maintains the integrity of the electronic daily patient schedule

  • Delivers the patient hard chart to the treatment room and notifies all department staff of patient arrivals and schedules changes both verbally and electronically

  • Provides and obtains electronic and physical patient signatures on treatment plans, consent documents, information release waivers and notification of SMDC practice policies

  • Manages chart documents for FAX, scan and copy in accordance with current policy and HIPAA restrictions

  • Reports workplace hazards and safety issues promptly according to SMDC and OSHA regulations

  • Complies with the posted General Industry Safety Orders Code of Safe Practices

  • Performs afternoon closing procedures after the completion of patient care

  • Maintains strict confidentiality with regard to all components of the patient dental record, other personal information acquired during the performance of job duties and concerning SMDC and interdepartmental discussions

  • Attends all full staff and departmental meetings

  • Attends and participates in all SMDC drills, trainings and unscheduled meetings conducted during hours of operation

  • Performs all job functions in compliance with SMDC policies and procedures

Under indirect supervision

  • Performs extra-oral duties or functions in compliance with the California Dental Board Committee on Dental Auxiliaries and as directed by the supervising dentist

  • Operates dental radiographic equipment for the purpose of oral radiography in compliance with section 1656 of the California Business and Professions Code

Under direct supervision

  • Performs duties in compliance with the California Dental Board Committee on Dental Auxiliaries and as directed by the supervising dentist

Dental Assistant Job Specifications:

Education and Experience:


  • X-ray technician license

  • Certificate of Completion from accredited Dental Assistant School

  • California coronal polishing certificate

  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification


  • Tribal clinic experience

  • Dental assistant/receptionist experience

  • California Registered Dental Assistant License

  • California cavitron scaler certificate

  • California dental sealant certificate

Skills and Knowledge:


  • Working knowledge of dental office procedures

  • Working knowledge of electronic dental practice management data-bases

  • Working knowledge of laws and regulations governing the management of dental records

  • Working knowledge of MS Office

  • Working knowledge of FAX, scanner and copy machines

  • Working knowledge of MS Outlook and web search browser

  • Ability to key 30 words per minute

  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with patients and staff

  • Ability to complete forms and documents

  • Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks

  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English

  • Ability to appear for work on time

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8 hours at a time

  • Ability to lift up to 40lbs

  • Ability to routinely bend, reach, pull, and push

  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor
  • Ability to adhere to SMDC work attendance and punctuality policies
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and composure

  • Ability to appear for work on time

  • Ability to accept constructive criticism


  • Proficiency in Dentrix dental practice management data-base

  • Proficiency in Micro Soft Office

  • Registered Dental Assistant license

  • Bi-lingual

Supervisory/Managerial Accountability:

Direct: None

Indirect: None

If you enjoy being part of a community dedicated to creating a memorable guest experience, we invite you to explore career opportunities with Sycuan and join our winning team!

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly

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  • Tribal, 2 Kwaaypaay Court, El Cajon, California, United States of America

Keywords: Sycuan Gaming Center, El Cajon , Dental Assistant, Other , El Cajon, California

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