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Dental Assistant Trainee
Title:Dental Assistant Trainee
Job Status:Temporary

Dental Assistant Trainee


SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation. 


Position Summary:

The purpose is to develop the skills to facilitate the delivery of dental services by assisting the dentists with direct patient care (infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric) and the day to day operation of the SEARHC Dental Clinic.


Position Complexities:

The dental work environment can be both emotionally and physically challenging.  The constant pace and frequent contact with apprehensive or uncooperative patients requires an individual that is communicative, patient, organized and efficient.  Exposure to potentially caustic chemicals and pathogens necessitates an individual that is exacting in their techniques, careful and safety conscious. Postural demands of chair side assisting require adequate physical condition.  One must be flexible in their schedule to accommodate for the occasional need to work into the lunch hours, after work and in emergency situations. 


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Dental Assisting

  • Greets, seats and prepares patient in appropriate treatment operatory. Prepares operatory in advance of appointment including instruments, radiographs, hand pieces, charts & supplies. Assists at chair-side using 4-handed techniques including tissue retraction, operatory air/water syringe and high speed evacuation, passing instruments, preparing dental materials, maintaining dry field etc. Assists during surgical procedures practicing sterile techniques. Verbally relays post treatment instruction to patients.
  • Prepares, places, removes rubber dam as needed. Records examination results using proper charting protocol/can navigate Eaglesoft software. Responsible for basic laboratory procedures including custom acrylic tray fabrication, pouring and trimming of diagnostic casts, fabrication of suck-down mouth guards.
  • Cleans, prepares, and maintains operatories, lab, central sterilization and tray set up area. Prepares & maintains trays, tubs, instrument packs, mobile carts and supplies in an organized and uniform manner.
  • Provides routine basic maintenance of dental equipment hand-pieces, autoclave, automatic film developer, high speed evacuation, etc. Takes impressions and bite registrations. Places and removes orthodontic ligatures, bands, separators and appliances as directed by treating dentist. Schedules appointments as instructed by the dental director and front desk manager. Properly exposes develops and labels panorex/ceph films. Properly exposes Digital radiographs using Eaglesoft templates appropriately. Reads assignments for didactic portion of the training from the training manual.


  • Provides oral hygiene instruction and patient education. Delivers topical fluoride treatments, applies sealants. Participates in Community Prevention activities i.e. school screening, Headstart, Oral Health Programs, Health Fairs etc.

Infection Control

  • Follows proper infection control protocol, emphasizing universal precautions as specified in Section VII of the Oral Health program Guide for the Indian Health Service.

Other duties as assigned.


Baseline Qualification Requirements:                                                                                      

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • CPR certificate preferred.


Other Information

At SEARHC, we see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement. Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career.

We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

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