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Dental Assistants

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Salary Breakdown

Dental Assistants

Average

$37,450

ANNUAL

$18.0

HOURLY

Entry Level

$31,630

ANNUAL

$15.21

HOURLY

Mid Level

$37,920

ANNUAL

$18.24

HOURLY

Expert Level

$44,210

ANNUAL

$21.26

HOURLY


Current Available & Projected Jobs

Dental Assistants

27

Current Available Jobs

7,530

Projected job openings through 2024


Sample Career Roadmap

Dental Assistants


Top Expected Tasks

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Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Dental Assistants

Common knowledge, skills & abilities needed to get a foot in the door.

KNOWLEDGE

Medicine and Dentistry

KNOWLEDGE

English Language

KNOWLEDGE

Customer and Personal Service

KNOWLEDGE

Education and Training

KNOWLEDGE

Psychology

SKILL

Active Listening

SKILL

Reading Comprehension

SKILL

Speaking

SKILL

Critical Thinking

SKILL

Service Orientation

ABILITY

Oral Comprehension

ABILITY

Oral Expression

ABILITY

Near Vision

ABILITY

Speech Recognition

ABILITY

Written Comprehension


Job Opportunities

Dental Assistants

  • Dental Assistant (General Dentistry Practice)
    Aspen Dental    Mesa, AZ 85277
     Posted 1 day    

    As a Dental Assistant with an Aspen Dental-branded practice, you’ll have the support you need to reach your career goals. From best-in-class learning and development programs, a commitment to promoting from within, and a competitive salary and benefits package, you’ll have opportunities to not only expand your career, but your life. Commitment to continuous development and promoting from within means your career path is limitless. We're on a mission to give America a healthy mouth. Dental Assistants who join an Aspen practice work for a licensed dentist and live that mission every day by supporting the clinical needs of your practice's patients and doctors. Not only can you maximize your career potential, but you can make a real difference in the lives of patients.

    About Aspen Dental-branded practices

    Aspen Dental-branded practices are independently owned and operated by licensed dentists. The practices receive non-clinical business support services from Aspen Dental Management, Inc., a dental support organization.

    + Assist the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures

    + Set up and breakdown operatory post treatment

    + Take dental radiographs (x-rays)

    + Manage infection control - prepare and sterilize instruments and equipment

    + Provide patients with instructions for oral care following all dental treatment procedures

    + Educate patients on appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health

    + Perform various office tasks as necessary

    + Dental Assistant Certificate where state regulations specify

    + High School Diploma or equivalent

    Street: 1155 S. Power Rd., Unit 112B

    Travel: Up to 25%

    External Company URL: www.aspendent.com


    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant Opening - Sierra Vista AZ
    Northeast Healthcare Recruitment    Sierra Vista, AZ 85671
     Posted 4 days    

    Seeking an experienced Dental Assistant. Must have 1 year of dental assistant experience. Monday - Friday position. Dental Assistant will see 12-16 patients per day and support 1 Provider. Spanish speaking is preferred. Top pay with great benefits. Essential Job Results include but are not limited to: Assists Dentist or Dental Hygienist in the performance of dental procedures. Performs suctioning, instrument sterilization, etc. Prepares, processes, and mounts intra-oral and panoramic radiographs. Returns all patient charts to Medical Records in a timely manner. Regularly ensures adherence to all state and federal regulations. Assists with inventory control and laboratory service tracking. Keeps informed of advancements in dentistry and attends continuing education courses. Regularly maintains all dental equipment within the facility. Performs all other related duties and reporting as assigned. Performs Sedation and Operating room job functions. • Calls patient's guardian the day before the sedation procedure to provide reminder of appointment time and instruction for food intake prior to the procedure. • Ensures all relevant consents are signed the day of the sedation procedure. • Ensures that all equipment, including emergency equipment, is set up and in working condition for the procedure as per sedation policy. • Ensures that all pre sedation instructions have been followed the day of the procedure. • Ensures that vital signs and weight have been recorded prior to procedure. • Assists sedation dental provider during the procedure. • Assists with post sedation care. Qualifications and Requirements: • High School Diploma or GED. • Two years of experience as a Dental Assistant preferred. • Certification as a Dental Assistant. • X-Ray Certification • Fingerprint Clearance Card (as needed) • Hospital Registration completion (as needed) • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred, but not required. • Ability to comprehend and understand dental terminology. • Knowledge of Electronic Health Records preferred. • Familiarity with QSI Dental Records, Aptrex (dental x-ray software) preferred.


    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant Opportunity, Casa Grande, AZ
    Northeast Healthcare Recruitment    Casa Grande, AZ 85194
     Posted 4 days    

    We are seeking a full-time Certified Dental Assistant lll to work with the Dentist by providing assistance as directed by the dental protocol in hospital dentistry. Key Functions: Insure quality of care by preparing treatment area for patient; cleans, sterilizes and sets up treatment area, and pulls patient's chart. Prepare patient for treatment by reviewing medical chart, greeting, seating, draping, taking blood pressure, as necessary, and providing information. Assure efficiency of dentist by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area; positioning instruments for dentist's access; suctioning and passing instruments. Assure readiness of materials by selecting, mixing basses/impression materials, and placing materials for use. Take and develop patient's x-rays, as requested by Dentist and per regulatory and department protocol and procedures. Mount and file dental x-rays per department procedures. Maintain patient confidence by counseling patient on dental health, requesting consent for extractions/treatment, giving post-op instructions, and scheduling follow-up appointment. Protect patients and co-workers by adhering to infection control policies and procedures. Maintains and monitors equipment for department operations, assuring that autoclave is monitored by using spore testing. Assure adequate stock is on hand by inventorying and ordering supplies as necessary. Ensure operation of dental equipment by following procedures for maintenance, evaluation and usage. Maintain x-ray equipment and ensure operation by following procedures for maintenance, evaluation and usage Assure treatment areas are adequately stocked and ready for use Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment Knowledge of state and federal regulations where applicable Knowledge of infection control protocols and procedures Education & Experience: High School diploma or equivalency X-Ray Certification required Certified Dental Assistant required Coronal Polishing certification required


    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant Sierra Vista, AZ
    Northeast Healthcare Recruitment    Sierra Vista, AZ 85671
     Posted 4 days    

    Seeking a Dental Assistant to assist the Dentist and Dental Hygienist in the administration of patient care at the chair side. Listed below is a brief summary of the requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. Essential Job Duties: Assists Dentist or Dental Hygienist in the performance of dental procedures. • Identifies patient health care service requirements while being aware of age specific needs and protocols. • Directs patient to operatory, obtains and records accurate routine patient vital signs. • Prepares, processes, and mounts intra-oral and panoramic radiographs. • Prepares patient for services being rendered by provider. • Assists provider with positioning and passing instruments and performing suctioning. • Assists provider in examination of patients and gives instructions as directed by provider • Fills out all appropriate and necessary paperwork as well as ensures patient and provider signatures on paperwork. • Completes necessary documentation in patients EDR and EHR chart. • Maintains updated treatment plans for patients. • Takes preliminary impressions and/or prepares models. • Cleans, stocks, and prepares operatory stations between patients. • Performs sterilization of instruments and equipment in a timely manner. • Complies with infection control policies and protocols. • Accesses necessary charts for documentation and messages. • Acts as a liaison between providers and other care givers. • Processes referrals and sends Prior authorization tasks. • Answers phone calls, tasks, and returns any necessary phone calls in a timely manner • Assists with inventory control and laboratory service tracking. • Calls and schedules patients for follow up services from laboratories. • Answers phone calls and takes messages. Returns patient calls as directed by provider. • Ensures operation of dental equipment by reporting equipment malfunctions and evaluating new equipment and techniques. • Travels to any location as needed. For float positions, mileage may not be paid. • Works extended hours as needed. • Working assigned weekends is required. Required Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses: High School Diploma or GED, Certification as a Dental Assistant required, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification required, Fingerprint card required, X-Ray Certification (signed up by 90 days of hire date and certified within 6 months of hire), Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the necessary skill and sensitivity, Driver's License and Proof of Insurance may be required if requesting mileage reimbursement. For Float positions, mileage may not be paid.


    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant
    Gentle Dental Ahwatukee    Phoenix, AZ 85098
     Posted 6 days    

    Gentle Dental is coming back and preparing to reopen our offices to serve our patients and communities during these challenging times.

    In this new normal, Gentle Dental offers more stability and less uncertainty in a time when safety and security are more important than ever.

    We’re hiring in offices throughout the region as we start welcoming back our patients and teams. Apply now to learn more about the opportunities nearest to you.

    Position Overview:

    At Gentle Dental, Dental Assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. You will prep patients for oral examinations and assist our team of dental professionals in providing comprehensive treatment to patients.

    With a culture based on innovation and providing a wellness approach to Dentistry, we are passionate about educating and providing high-quality preventative care to our patients.

    Our Dental Assistant teams are at the forefront of our commitment to service and building lasting relationships with patients. Motivated by a desire to help people be healthier and more confident with their smiles, these teams are provided with:


    * Full benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401k saving plans
    * Growth and advancement into new positions through supported development and career progression
    * Scheduling flexibility and stable hours not limited by a Doctor’s scheduled or time away from the office
    * A culture of respect and belonging

    Required Qualifications:


    * Certificate from an Accredited Dental Assisting Program
    * CPR/BLS Certificate

    Qualifications that Increase Starting Pay:


    * Experience
    * X-Ray Certification
    * Expanded Functions
    * Bilingual Spanish

    Benefits:


    * Full suite of benefits (Dental, Medical, Vision, Life)
    * PTO
    * 401k Savings Plan
    * Continuing Education
    * Paid Holidays
    * Referral Bonuses

    Schedule:


    * Full time, Monday – Friday with the potential of 1 Saturday per month

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    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant
    Gentle Dental 45th Street    Phoenix, AZ 85098
     Posted 6 days    

    Gentle Dental is coming back and preparing to reopen our offices to serve our patients and communities during these challenging times.

    In this new normal, Gentle Dental offers more stability and less uncertainty in a time when safety and security are more important than ever.

    We’re hiring in offices throughout the region as we start welcoming back our patients and teams. Apply now to learn more about the opportunities nearest to you.

    Position Overview:

    At Gentle Dental, Dental Assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. You will prep patients for oral examinations and assist our team of dental professionals in providing comprehensive treatment to patients.

    With a culture based on innovation and providing a wellness approach to Dentistry, we are passionate about educating and providing high-quality preventative care to our patients.

    Our Dental Assistant teams are at the forefront of our commitment to service and building lasting relationships with patients. Motivated by a desire to help people be healthier and more confident with their smiles, these teams are provided with:


    * Full benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401k saving plans
    * Growth and advancement into new positions through supported development and career progression
    * Scheduling flexibility and stable hours not limited by a Doctor’s scheduled or time away from the office
    * A culture of respect and belonging

    Required Qualifications:


    * Certificate from an Accredited Dental Assisting Program
    * CPR/BLS Certificate

    Qualifications that Increase Starting Pay:


    * Experience
    * X-Ray Certification
    * Expanded Functions
    * Bilingual Spanish

    Benefits:


    * Full suite of benefits (Dental, Medical, Vision, Life)
    * PTO
    * 401k Savings Plan
    * Continuing Education
    * Paid Holidays
    * Referral Bonuses

    Schedule:


    * Full time, Monday – Friday with the potential of 1 Saturday per month

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    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant
    Signature Dental Partners LLC    Gilbert, AZ 85295
     Posted 6 days    

    General Dentistry Experienced Dental Assistant

    Smiles at San Tan Ranch, Gilbert, AZ is looking for a positive, fast-paced and self-motivated Dental Assistant who is ready to learn and grow! The ideal candidate should possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, knowledge of dentistry and dental terminology, a friendly, outgoing demeanor and excellent organizational skills.

    Minimum Requirements:

    + 2-3 years of Dental Assisting experience required

    + Experience with Dentrix a plus

    + Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential communications and documents

    + Teachable and friendly team player with sincere quality for patient care

    + Four-handed dentistry a plus

    + Must be able to make temporaries, take impressions, and X-ray License

    + Ability to give post-operative instructions after procedures

    + Knowledge of processing lab cases inbound and outbound

    Benefits for this position include; 401(k)- after 60 days, Medical Benefits ? 1st of the month following date of hire, Welcoming and fun work environment, Competitive pay, Direct deposit and Bi-weekly pay dates and a Team-focused, uplifting and educational work culture.

    Part Time - 2 days a week


    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant
    Signature Dental Partners LLC    Buckeye, AZ 85396
     Posted 6 days    

    General Dentistry Experienced Dental Assistant

    Family Dentistry at Buckeye Market Place in Buckeye, AZ is looking for a positive, fast-paced and self-motivated Dental Assistant who is ready to learn and grow! The ideal candidate should possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, knowledge of dentistry and dental terminology, a friendly, outgoing demeanor and excellent organizational skills.

    Minimum Requirements:

    + 2-3 years of Dental Assisting experience required

    + Experience with Dentrix a plus

    + Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential communications and documents

    + Teachable and friendly team player with sincere quality for patient care

    + Four-handed dentistry a plus

    + Must be able to make temporaries, take impressions, and X-ray License

    + Ability to give post-operative instructions after procedures

    + Knowledge of processing lab cases inbound and outbound

    Benefits for this position include; 401(k)- after 60 days, Medical Benefits ? 1st of the month following date of hire, Welcoming and fun work environment, Competitive pay, Direct deposit and Bi-weekly pay dates and a Team-focused, uplifting and educational work culture.

    Weekly Schedule (40 hours): Mon- Fri


    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant
    DentalOne Partners    Chandler, AZ 85286
     Posted 6 days    

    Stone Creek Dental Care

    As a Dental Assistant for a DentalOne Partners supported practice, patient care is your #1 priority and focus. Your ability to value and improve the patient experience will play a major role in the delivery of extraordinary dental care. Dental Assistants are a critical part of our mission because they not only support the patient, they provide the doctor with valuable assistance on patient procedures. The Dental Assistant has direct responsibility for the patient’s excellent experience while "in the chair," and patient retention overall.

    You are unique, and so are we—it’s time you worked with an organization that appreciates you, challenges you, and helps your professional growth with a team of people dedicated to quality, patient care, and leading the industry with innovation.

    We are searching for talented people who want to provide excellent customer service for the patient, provide precise support to the doctor, and possess an amiable chair-side manner. Flexibility, analytical skills, collaboration, and follow-up are all needed in our dynamic state-of-the-art practice environment. So how about it?—Are you passionate about an opportunity like this?

    We want you to learn more about us! Reference our career site, www.dentalonejobs.com, and spend a few minutes learning about the culture, values, and people!

    Of course, there are some requirements for all Dental Assistants:

    + Provide exceptional customer service, with excellent chair-side manner, by making the patient the #1 priority

    + Be present, engaged and ready to work at all assigned shift times

    + Take direction from the doctor and/or hygienist(s), assist them with all dental procedures, and anticipate their needs

    + Take, develop and mount accurate, high quality radiographs

    + Review patient charts prior to doctor arrival, log appropriate patient data and health history during the exam and treatment, as well as transcribe the doctor’s notes

    + Clean, sterilize and prepare the equipment and operatory, per the organizations procedures and guidelines, prior to a patient’s appointment

    + Perform efficient and accurate procedures to help maintain the schedule and patient flow

    + Educate the patients and address their questions and/or concerns

    + Demonstrate good teamwork to deliver an extraordinary experience for every patient

    + Partner with the doctors, hygienists, Operations Leaders and support staff to maintain excellent patient service and integrity within the organization

    + Assist the front office staff in scheduling patients’ follow up visits, as well as tracking the incoming and outgoing lab cases, to ensure quality and timely products

    + When assigned by the Operations Leader, monitor the level of dental supplies and order using approved formulary

    + Promote and market DentalOne Partners’ services and retail products

    + Complete checklists as assigned and participate in daily huddles to ensure that every single day flows smoothly

    + Maintain patient confidentiality through HIPAA compliance

    + Follow the organization’s safety policies and procedures through OSHA compliance and BBP (Blood-borne Pathogens) federal regulations

    + Complete all Learning Management System requirements

    Education/Certification:

    + Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent required

    + Current radiography certification required

    + Dental Assistant certification, as required by state, or ability to become certified

    + Current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) preferred

    + Current certification to monitor Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Analgesia preferred

    + Maintain annual OSHA, HIPAA and Infection Control training

    Skills/Abilities:

    + Experience in a professional environment with direct patient contact preferred

    + Excellent positive attitude and customer service skills

    + Professionalism and integrity in all aspects of the job, including image and both verbal and written communication skills

    + Possess exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills, including conflict resolution skills

    + Strong organization, planning and analytical skills

    + Ability to multi-task and remain calm in a rapidly changing environment

    + Computer proficiency and the ability to learn new programs as required

    Work Environment/Conditions:

    + Overtime required as approved by Operations Leader

    + Travel as needed for training and to perform job functions

    + Safety procedures and personal protective equipment required to minimize the risks from radiographs and blood-borne pathogens

    + Potential of prolonged sitting and standing

    Dental One is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

    Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The PA Owner reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

    ID: 2020-13307

    External Company Name: DentalOne Partners, Inc

    External Company URL: http://www.dentalonepartners.com/


    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Dental Assistant Certified
    Valleywise Health    Peoria, AZ 85381
     Posted 7 days    

    Under the direction of the Dental Manager and Dentist, this position provides professional skilled age specific patient care. This position demonstrates the professional skills and behaviors to promote comprehensive, cost effective, and meaningful dental care for consumers in a diverse environment. Under the general supervision of a licensed Dentist, assists in chair-side procedures and performs all clinical duties and functions regarding patient care. Provides secretarial and technical related services for the Dental Clinic.

    Qualifications:

    Education:

    + Requires a high school diploma or GED. Prefer completion of Dental Assistant course.

    Experience:

    + Requires previous relevant patient care experience in a dental setting.

    + Prefer at least three (3) years experience as a dental assistant.

    Specialized Training:

    + None

    Certification/Licensure:

    + Requires dental radiography certification.

    + Requires BLS. A BLS card obtained through an approved American Heart Association (AHA) training center is preferred and will be required within 3 months.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    + Requires the ability to read, write and speak effectively in English. Bilingual is preferred.

    + Must have ability to work with culturally diverse people.

    + Requires excellent communication, time management and leadership skills.


    Employment Type

    Full Time


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