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Dental Assistant

Department of Veterans Affairs

This is a Full-time position in Big Spring, TX posted June 6, 2021.

* VideosVideos* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryThis announcement will remain open until filled.

The first cutoff for consideration is 4/9/2021.

Additional applicants will be referred as needed.The dental assistant assists with routine patient care and performs duties with direct or indirect supervision from the lead or supervisory dental assistant or the treating dentist (dependent upon grade level).Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesThe Dental Assistant:* Assists the dentist in many aspects of direct patient care and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision* Shows courtesy, respect, and a positive attitude for patients, co-workers and the public* Provides assistance to customers with questions or concerns, provides service recovery* Sets up operatory and/or surgery suite for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover* Passes instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently* Keeps operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably* Prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturer’s instructions* Accomplishes all intra-operative procedures within standard infection control protocols* Assists in routine general dental procedures using concepts of four-handed dentistry* Assists in specialized dental procedures, such as oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, implant placement and restoration* Maintains both routine and specialty dental equipment per manufacturer instructions and dental service standards* Exposes both standard and specialty dental imaging (i.e.

TMJ, ceph, cone beam) in traditional and/or digital formats* Modifies settings to achieve the images as requested by the provider* Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed* Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized* Imaging requests are accomplished within the desired time frame* Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning operatories* Disinfects oral appliances to prevent cross contamination* Properly prepares instruments for transfer to SPD for sterilization* Follows all Standard Operating Procedures for Reusable Medical Equipment* Works closely with SPD to ensure availability of instruments so that clinical care is not delayed* Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in exposing images* Assists in filling gaps in the doctor’s schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments* Initiates computerized progress note* Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records* Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information* Follows computer security regulations* Modifies care as necessitated by patient’s age and abilities (patient transfer and position)* Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients* Participates in patient identification and time out per Joint Commission requirements* Monitors patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress* Complies with Employee Education requirements* Completes mandatory annual safety training sessions* Pours impressions and prepares study models* Makes final denture impression trays and prepares bite rims* Fabricates athletic mouth guards and bleaching trays* Performs other dental laboratory functions as time and skill levels allow* Monitors patient vital signs (BP, pulse, pulse oximeter) and condition during invasive treatment and during recovery period following procedure* Applies topical anesthetic at the injection site* Applies topical fluoride* Makes impressions for diagnostic casts and preliminary impressions for prosthetic fabrication* Removes plaque and soft debris from removable prostheses* Provides patient preventative education and oral hygiene instruction* Provides post-operative and other appropriate patient educationWork Schedule: Monday
– Friday, 8 AM
– 4:30 PMFinancial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTravel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusNoPromotion Potential6* Job family (Series)0681 Dental AssistantSimilar jobs* Assistants, Dental* Dental Assistants* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* You must be a U.S.

Citizen to apply for this job* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959* You may be required to serve a probationary period* Subject to a background/security investigation* Must be proficient in written and spoken English* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding processQualificationsBasic Requirements:Citizenship.

Citizen of the United States.

(Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)Experience and Education(1) Experience.

Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work.OR,(2) Education.

Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on (Dental) Accreditation ((CODA)).(3) Experience/Education Combination.

Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.Certification.

Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75.

Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.(1) ( ) Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence(a) Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.;OR,((b)) Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry.

( )OR,((c) Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD).)(2) Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification of radiologic competence may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate dental assistant under the authority of 38 U.S.C.

§ 7405 (a) (1) (D).

Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

This (will result in removal from the GS-681 series and) may result in termination of employment.(3) Certification in basic life support methods is highly desirable.((4) Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes DANB as the national certification for Dental Assistants.

DANB certification is not required, but highly desirable for the appointment of Dental Assistants up to and including the full performance level, and is required for all positions above the full performance level.)((5)) Loss of Credential.

An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Please see the “Additional Information” section of this announcement for the Grandfathering Provision for this occupation.English Language Proficiency.

Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.Preferred Experience:* Enjoys working with adults and elderly population* Proficient in impression making* Experience in oral surgical procedures* Excellent operative and prosthodontic assisting skillsGrade Determinations:In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.(1) GS-3(a) Experience or Education.

None beyond the basic requirements.(2) GS-4(a) Experience or Education.

In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience at the next lower level, OR 2 years of education above high school that included completion of a dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on (Dental) Accreditation (CODA).

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1.

Basic knowledge of infection control and safe instrument handling.2.

Basic knowledge of dental procedures and (medical emergencies.3.

Ability to perform basic radiographic image capture and processing/retrieval.4.

Basic knowledge of maintenance, care and storage of dental equipment.5.

Basic knowledge of patient privacy requirements.(3) GS-5(a) Experience or Education(1) (In addition to the requirements listed at GS-4 above, applicants must demonstrate) at least 1 year of experience (equivalent to) at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level.

( )OR,(2) Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by completion of a dental assistant program by CODA.(3) In addition to meeting paragraph (1) or (2) above, the applicant must demonstrate the following KSA’s:(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1.

Knowledge of anatomy a

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