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Dental Assistant, Specialty

Portland, Oregon

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Brand: Advantage Dental Oral Health Center


At Advantage Dental Oral Health Center and affiliated practices (Sarrell Dental & Eye, Community Dental Care) we are dedicated to making a positive impact in underserved communities throughout the United States. As trusted members of the care team, Dental Assistants partner with their peers, providing essential support to ensure the delivery of quality care and positive patient experiences. Secure your future with an organization you can count on to provide the tools and support needed to excel in the dental industry.

Career path

Through opportunities for continued education and development, we provide our Dental Assistants with the tools and support needed to excel in the dental industry and chart a path of elevated responsibility and increased earning potential.

  • Dental Assistant I

    Focused on charting, x-rays, sterilization, room setup and chairside procedures under close supervision. GED/HS Diploma and certificate as required by state or willingness to obtain.

  • Dental Assistant II

    Provides advanced clinical support for chairside procedures and processes. GED/HS Diploma and 2+ years experience required. Advanced certifications preferred or as required by state.

  • Patient Coordinator

    Provides customer service for patients while assisting with paperwork, insurance, and scheduling. GED/HS Diploma and superior customer service skills required.

  • Specialty Dental Assistant II (Ortho, OS, Perio, Pedo)

    Provides specialized support for Orthodontist, Pediatric Dentist, Endodontist, or Oral Surgeon. Regional travel may be required. GED/HS Diploma, 2+ years experience, and advanced certifications as required.

  • Treatment Coordinator

    Provides customer service for patients with additional responsibilities such as: treatment planning, financing and insurance, and patient referrals. GED/HS Diploma and 2+ years working in a healthcare setting required.

  • Dental Assistant Lead

    Provides extensive chairside and clinical support including treatment planning, supply management and facilitating trainings. GED/HS Diploma, 4+ years experience, and advanced certifications as required. Leadership experience preferred.

  • Practice Manager

    Provides leadership and development for practice teams through talent management, patient and employee experience and budget management. GED/HS Diploma and 1 year of management experience required.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Retirement Plans

    With employer match

  • Professional Development

    In-house training, advanced certifications, and continuing education courses

  • Paid Time Off

    Holidays and paid time off with additional accruals for tenure

  • Life and Disability Insurance

    With optional accident, legal, and identity insurance

  • Supplied Uniforms

    Renewed annually

Responsibilities Dental Assistant, Specialty

Full-Time Regular Portland, Oregon Aug. 02, 2022 Requisition ID 2902

REPORTS TO: Practice Manager
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Under the general supervision of a Specialty Dentist in a practice care setting, assists the dentist in providing dental treatment. Follows and supports the CARE model for patient experience.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with Specialty Doctors
  • Collects and records patient health histories.
  • Patient management during dental procedures, monitors patient when N20 is being used.
  • Instrument transfer 4 handed dentistry while following sterile/OSHA procedures.
  • Dental procedure isolation techniques.
  • Prepares dental materials, cements, composite, impression materials, etc.
  • Anticipates all of doctor’s needs.
  • Ensures operatory is set up and broken down properly.
  • Conducts maintenance of all equipment; sterilizers, ultrasonic, flush lines, clean/replace traps.
  • Scans reception room for patients.
  • Assumes responsibility for the upkeep of the dental operatory and equipment.
  • Performs routine cleaning and maintenance of assigned operatory and for assigned equipment.
  • Maintain a stocked and clean operatory. Assist in updating and maintaining patient dental records to include
  • Ortho and Perio charting as directed.
  • Prevention and management of dental medical emergencies.
  • Inventory control and management.
  • Expose and develop radiographs while always using good radiation hygiene.
  • Ensures all instruments are cleaned and sterilized/disinfected to meet OSHA, CDC, and ADA standards.
  • Ensures Dental treatment room is properly disinfected.
  • Explain post-operative care.
  • Assist with Front Desk duties as assigned.
  • Create treatment plans and present to the patient and/or treatment coordinator or patient coordinator on behalf

of the Dentist.

  • Assist with training future Dental Assistants, mentor Dental Assistant I and Dental Assistant II Employees for specialty
  • Conduct follow up calls on extensive treatments and report back to dentist.
  • Assist with all training for any new equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High standards for integrity, honesty, professionalism, and work ethic.
  • Commitment to service excellence.
  • Ability to work independently while demonstrating excellent organization and follow through.
  • Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload.
  • Ability and willingness to move with purpose and a strong sense of urgency.
  • Self-motivated, positive, and enthusiastic.
  • Self- starter with a strong desire to exceed expectations and capable of supporting a team to achieve successful results.
  • Maintains confidentiality discretion.
  • Ability to effectively work in collaboration with others to achieve business objectives.
  • Willing to grow and be challenged.

Job Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Leadership, critical thinking, organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Certification in Dental Assisting
  • 1 year experience in specialty field preferred.
  • Current CPR, BLS and PALS preferred or ability to obtain in 30 days as required by specialty
  • Radiology, EFDA. EFODA, DAANCE as required by specialty
  • Experience with scheduling in a patient based setting
  • Experience with hospital care as needed per specialty
  • Ability to work Monday through Friday and occasional weekends as scheduled and based on business need.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to meet OSHA, CDC, ADA and HIPAA standards
  • Computer Literacy, i.e.; Proficient with basic applications including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Physical Demands

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, unpleasant odors, and or loud noises.
  • Moderate Physical activity; requires handling average-weight objects up to 15-20 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than 4 hours per day. Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require OSHA training.
  • Work Environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform this position.** In accordance with DentaQuest’s Compliance Plan, employee must conduct DQ business in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, professional standards and ethical standards and report potential compliance or ethical issues to manager or DQ’s Compliance Officer. ** DentaQuest’s Affirmative Action Program affirms our commitment to make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitation of otherwise-qualified individuals with disabilities or special disabled veterans, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Please see Human Resources for additional information regarding this Program.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to continue providing the safest setting, we have established several additional measures to reduce the risks posed by the virus and ensure health and safety for all.

Due to recent government mandates and the rapid spread and danger caused by the Delta variant, new company protocols and policies have been updated to reflect the heightened concern for safety. When possible, the organization has applied an approach that ensures freedom of choice.

Oregon and Washington:

All practice employees must be fully vaccinated. The only exceptions to these state mandates are for those individuals who require accommodations due to a qualifying disability or medical condition, or a sincerely-held religious belief that would prevent them from receiving a vaccine.

Alabama, Texas, Kentucky and Massachusetts:

It is required that all practice staff is either fully vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 screening testing. Employees will also have the option to apply for an exemption to have on file. While these new protocols are not a result of government mandates in these four states, we believe they are a pragmatic solution - one that still preserves choice but also represents the best way to ensure the health and safety of both our staff and the patients that we serve.

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