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Registered Dental Hygienist

Company: Sacramento Native American Health Center Inc.
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Community Health Center seeking a Registered Dental Hygienist to provide oral hygiene and preventative services and assist the team to ensure the dental clinic runs efficiently and patient receive excellent care. If you are passionate about healthcare and want to be part of a growing health center committed to enhancing quality of life by providing a culturally competent, holistic, and patient-centered continuum of care, we invite you to apply and become part of our team.


Essential Functions:

  • Takes blood pressure and records in patient chart.
  • Assists in insuring patient comfort and alleviating patient fears.
  • Prepares operatory for patient reception and adhere to Cal/OSHA infection Control Standard protocols.
  • Obtains materials and other necessary diagnostic and treatment items necessary for planned procedure.
  • Prepares pre-set trays for anticipated procedure and ensures the work area is organized for that procedure.
  • Autoclaves all instruments for next day.
  • Prepares treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and protocols.
  • Prepares patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, soothing, seating, and draping patient.
  • Maintains instrumentation for dental hygiene treatment by sharpening, sterilizing, and selecting instruments.
  • Selects materials and equipment for dental hygiene visit by evaluating patient's oral health.
  • Completes dental prophylaxis by cleaning deposits and stains from teeth and from beneath gum margins.
  • Detects disease by completing oral cancer screening; feeling and visually examining gums; using probes to locate periodontal disease and to assess levels of recession; exposing and developing radiographic studies.
  • Arrests dental decay by applying fluorides and other cavity- preventing agents.
  • Maintains patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary restorations, cleaning and polishing removable appliances, placing and polishing sealants and removing cement from crowns and bridges.
  • Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, emergency drugs, oxygen supply, and directory of emergency numbers.
  • Educates patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control instructions and postoperative instructions, providing reminders for next dental hygiene visit.
  • Counsels patients on nutrition as related to oral hygiene.
  • Ensures operation of dental equipment by completing regular maintenance requirements, following manufacturer's instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, calling for repairs, maintaining equipment inventories and evaluating new equipment and techniques.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional dental Hygiene societies.
  • Prepares patients requiring anesthesia to assist dentists when necessary.
  • Retracts oral tissues to increase visual access into the oral cavity.
  • Removes excess saliva and watches mouth by using hi-vac systems and/or air.
  • Documents dental hygiene services as well as charting in patient records.
  • Perform all opening, closing and maintenance procedures as described in sterilization and maintenance policies.
  • Ensures compliance with HIPAA regulations and patient confidentiality requirements.
  • Works towards the integration of appropriate dental hygiene care with other health care professionals involved in the patients health care management.
  • Receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinical business, and patient care as related to the practice.
  • Compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations, as they pertain to position including; HIPAA, sexual harassment, Scope of Practice, OSHA etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Current California Registered Dental Hygienist License is required.
    • At least 2 years of experience in a community clinic setting.
    • Ability to chart visits comprehensively and complete E&M coding in compliance with dental coding standards.
    • Must possess dental x-ray and coronal polish license.
    • Knowledge of preventative dentistry for plaque control instruction.
    • Ability to work well under pressure, reach sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
    • Computer experience, preferably with Windows, including Microsoft Office Suite applications.
    • Must have current CPR certification.

      Preferred Qualifications:
      • Experience in a community dental clinic setting is preferred.
      • Knowledge of traditional, cultural, and spiritual practices of the diverse AI/AN community, as well as ability to work with other racially, culturally ethnically, and financially diverse populations.
      • Experience with electronic health record system.
      • Experience with Nextgen is preferred.

        • Supportive and creative work environment.
        • Medical coverage offered with two of the region's highest quality providers.
        • 403B plan with a 3% match after 90 days.
        • 12 paid days off.
        • Flexible Spending Account
        • Paid Time Off (PTO)

          Preference in hiring is given to qualified Native Americans in accordance with SNAHC policy. Applicants claiming Indian Preference are encouraged to submit verification of Indian certified by tribe of affiliation or other acceptable documentation of Indian heritage.

          EQUALOPPORTUNITYEMPLOYER:Within the scope of Indian Preference, all candidates will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, medical condition or physical or mental disability, genetic characteristic, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or other non-merit factors.

          AgeDiscriminationin Employment Act (ADEA): Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc. abides by the mandates of the ADEA (protecting individuals 40 years and older) and considers age a non- merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations.

          AmericanswithDisabilitiesAct(ADA):SacramentoNative American Health Center, Inc. abides by the mandates of the ADA and considers disability a non-merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations. Furthermore, SNAHC will make any practical, feasible, and reasonable arrangements to accommodate qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

          Applicants and employees may request an accommodation of a physical or mental disability at any time in the application process or during employment

          As a condition of employment, all Sacramento Native American Health Center employees agree to a Covid-19 vaccination except where otherwise prohibited or where other legal exemption by law is allowed. If offered a position, will you agree to fully comply with the policy to secure employment?*by Jobble

Keywords: Sacramento Native American Health Center Inc., Sacramento , Registered Dental Hygienist, Healthcare , Sacramento, California

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