• Traveling Ortho Assistant

    Job Locations US-WA-Tacoma
    Job ID
    Dental Assistant
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Our network of offices servicing California and Washington means West Coast Dental is continuously looking for talented individuals to join our rapidly growing team. The variety of opportunities includes corporate, clinical, and field office positions.


    If you enjoy Welcoming, Communicating, and Delivering best practices, then West Coast Dental has the right career path for you!


    Welcome to West Coast Dental!


    The Ortho Dental Assistant performs a variety of dental assisting duties while promoting a safe and clean environment for providing quality dental care.  These duties include, but are not limited to, assisting the doctor; communicating effectively with patients (or parents if patient is a child); maintaining equipment and inventory; cleaning, sterilizing, and packaging instruments; and following universal precautions, OSHA requirements, and dental board auxiliaries’ regulations.


    • Open and close the back office as instructed
    • Prepare trays and operatories for various procedures
    • Ensure that operatories are stocked and cleaned at all times
    • Greet and seat patients as soon as possible and notify Doctor (check the operatory to make sure it is clean and disinfected before seating a new patient)
    • Check for patients’ signatures on the Health Questionnaire and Informed Consent Form
    • Assist the Doctor’s during various procedures and rotate with Doctor’s as requested; in accordance to all State and Federal regulations
    • Accurately /completely document patient care activities in the chart as directed by the doctor and Company policy
    • Explain treatment plans to patients as needed
    • Escort patients to front office area for patient dismissal when treatment is completed, and inform the receptionist when and for what their next visit(s) must be scheduled
    • Disinfect general back office areas; including operatory
    • Apply all-wrap in and around operatories where needed
    • Clean, sterilize, and package dental instruments
    • Prepare lab cases
    • Turn off all equipment nightly, including the vacuum, compressor, etc.
    • Ensure that handpieces are properly cleaned and oiled
    • Follow-up with lab and maintain the log on partials and remakes.
    • Check next day appointment schedule for all lab cases and verify that they are ready, if not, see that the patient is rescheduled
    • Review the Hazard Communication book and sign the training log
    • Ensure that hazardous products are properly labeled
    • Follow waste disposal procedures for Sharps and for contaminated material/chemical.
    • Wear protective barriers (face shield mask, gloves, and gown)
    • Ensure proper sterilization and infection control guidelines are utilized
    • Attend and participate in staff meetings and team huddles
    • Other duties as assigned by the Office Manager, Regional Manager, and/or Dentists


    • Minimum one year of recent experience as a Ortho Dental Assistant preferred
    • Current X-ray License required
    • Certificate from accredited Dental Assisting School preferred
    • Bilingual: English & Spanish required (if the geographic location of the office does not require the applicant to be bilingual, applicants who only speak English may be considered)
    • CPR and First-Aid certification preferred
    • Infection Control Certificate required
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work with people of all ages (i.e. Children)
    • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills
    • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and able to multitask
    • Ability to maintain outgoing, friendly attitude with patients and coworkers
    • Ability to work with interruptions and to manage multiple priorities
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to be organized

    Technological Skills

    • Autoclave/Chemiclave
    • Ultrasonic
    • Intra-oral Camera
    • O2 and N2O
    • Handpieces
    • Digital X-ray and X-ray Machine

    We recognize the importance of investing on our most valuable asset that strengthens the very foundation of West Coast Dental, our employees. In line with this objective, we understand that providing excellent service to our employees facilitates professional and personal growth that will enable them to live our company principle - To Welcome, Communicate and Deliver unparalleled customer service.


    West Coast Dental offers a competitive benefit package designed to enhance the lives of our employees.


    West Coast Dental offers:

    • Sick Pay
    • Holiday Pay
    • Vacation Pay
    • Medical (including prescriptions)
    • Vision insurance
    • Comprehensive dental benefit
    • Voluntary supplemental insurance for life, disability, critical illness, cancer, gap and accident
    • Continuing education
    • Advancement opportunities
    • 401 (k) plan  
    • Referral bonus incentive programs
    • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care & Dependent Care)


    We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.


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