Dental Assistant

November 5, 2017

Interested in joining a leading community health center in Josephine County? For over, 40-years, Siskiyou Community Health Center (SCHC), has been dedicated to delivering high quality, comprehensive health care to the citizens of Josephine County.

Consider joining our Siskiyou Community Health Center team because we believe:

  • …in treating our patients, clients and each other with dignity and respect, regardless of race, age, gender, ability, values, lifestyle, or economic status.
  • … in compassion, honesty, and integrity guiding us in all of our actions.
  • … that teamwork and cooperation are vital to the success of our working and community relationships.
  • … in our commitment to provide the highest quality health care and customer service and that our success is measured only by how well we serve.

Qualified Dental Assistant candidates have a

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Completed a Dental Assistant’s training program, or a minimum of two years’ experience as a Dental Assistant in a dental office or clinic is required.
  • Current Expanded Function Dental Assistant certification is preferred.
  • Current Oregon X-ray certification is desirable.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification is required.
  • Proof of current unrestricted Oregon Driver’s License, comprehensive automobile insurance, and a safe driving record is required.

Siskiyou Community Health Center is looking for a Dental Assistant to join the SCHC team. Some of the duties and responsibilities include:

  • Knows and follows all clinical protocols, including charting and other paperwork.
  • Demonstrates interest and initiative towards safety issues to ensure patient, personal, and staff safety.
  • Places patient in examination room and prepares for examination by dental practitioner by taking vital signs, completing patient interview regarding reason for visit, updating information, and preparing chart for examination.
  • Alerts Dentist when patient presents with possible emergency or immediate medical or dental need.
  • Assists dental practitioners with dental examinations and operative procedures as requested. Mixes alloys and filling materials within scope of training and in accordance with clinic protocols.
  • Administers dental treatments as directed by dental practitioners, within scope of training, and in accordance with clinic protocols.
  • Prepares patient for tests and procedures by instructing patient and preparing for procedures.
  • Provides health and dental education materials as directed by dental practitioners.
  • Performs dental laboratory processes within scope of training, and in accordance with clinic protocols.
  • Takes and develops x-rays when necessary.
  • Demonstrates the ability to do a full mouth x-ray in 10 minutes or less, and an emergent assessment and x-ray within 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Maintains clinical areas in a state of readiness for patient care by stocking and setting ­ up rooms for examinations.
  • Orders dental and medical supplies as needed, in accordance with clinic purchasing and budget protocols. Works with suppliers, monitors costs, and recommends vendors to ensure quality and cost controls.
  • Assists Receptionists in preparing charts and registering patients as needed.
  • Assists in calling patients to remind them of visits and providing pre-visit instructions.
  • Assists in preparing and sending patient correspondence, such as no-show letters, laboratory letters, and follow-up visit reminders.
  • Performs other duties as requested to ensure efficient clinic operations.
  • Assists in maintenance of dental laboratory and x-ray inventory, and orders supplies as needed, in accordance with clinic purchasing and budget protocols.
  • Works with suppliers, monitors costs, and recommends vendors to ensure quality and cost controls.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Can demonstrate knowledge of dental terminology, drug dosage information, and medical abbreviations. Familiarity with computerized dental management programs is preferred.
  • Can demonstrate working knowledge of ADA Dental Coding.
  • Can demonstrate general knowledge of Medicare, as it relates to dental services, Oregon Health Plan, dental insurance, and dental managed care programs.
  • Can demonstrate general knowledge of office processes and procedures, including computer word processing, data entry, and use of telephone switchboard equipment.
  • Can demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills. Able to explain procedures and provide instructions to a variety of patients.
  • Can demonstrate effective customer relations skills, and the ability to work with diverse populations, often in stressful environments .
  • Can demonstrate strong organizational skills and effective use of time, working at a rapid pace and managing multiple tasks at the same time.

Siskiyou Community Health Center is an alcohol and drug-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of drug and background screenings. Please note we follow Federal Guidelines regarding prohibited substances, even for those legal at the state level.

SCHC offers all the advantages you would expect from an industry leader. This includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including medical, vacation and sick pay, matching 403(b), and much more. If you would like to be part of a team that is committed to making a difference by providing quality patient care, we would like to meet you to discuss our current openings.

To apply, please submit a cover letter along with your resume to