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Sea Mar Community Health Centers Dental Assistant I (On-call) in Des Moines, Washington

Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington State. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation, and regardless of ability to pay for services. Sea Mar's network of services includes more than 90 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services. We are recruiting for the following position(s):

Sea Mar is a mandatory COVID-19 and flu vaccine organization

Dental Assistant I - Posting #24869

Hourly Rate: $20.45

Position Summary:

On-call Dental Assistant position available for our dental clinic in Des Moines WA. The on-call schedule varies from Monday - Saturday. 

The Dental Assistant will assist providers in the delivery of dental care. Other responsibilities are as follows: assist provider in Restorative, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Oral Surgery procedures and any other procedures allowed by the WA Dental Practice Act. We are looking for someone with engaging communication, interpersonal skills and has the ability to maintain a high level of professionalism in a fast pace environment.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Anticipate and provide to Dental Providers all necessary chair side assistance using four-handed dentistry technique with procedures in categories as required: Diagnostic, Preventative, Restorative, Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Prosthodontic, Orthodontics and other services allowed by the Washington Dental Practice Act.

  • Identify and categorize each patient’s age-specific grouping of needs, such as those for infant, adolescents, and geriatric patients

  • You must escort each patient to and from the treatment room.

  • Greet, seat, and depart patients, being courteous and professional at all times, especially when talking to patients or discussing confidential information.

  • Provide patient education and instructions to patients before, after, and during any dental procedure.

  • You are responsible for communicating provider delays and delays in patient flow to the Lead Dental Assistant, the Dental provider, the patients, and the front desk staff.

  • Participate in scheduling appointments arriving, and departing patients in Dentrix and registering patient in Allscripts PM.

  • Have the ability to complete thorough, accurate charting in Dentrix using S.O.A.P. or P.A.R.T.S. format.

  • Obtain accurate blood pressure readings and other vital signs as directed by Dental Provider.

  • Maintain proper sterilization methods and OSHA regulations in all clinic areas including treatment rooms and the sterilization areas.

  • Perform the responsibilities outlined in the “Task & Duty List” (Dental Department Policy) or outlined by the supervisor or Regional Dental Manager.

  • Participate in the training of new employee and/or dental trainees.

  • Assist in doing inventory and the ordering of dental supplies.

  • Participate in the Quality Improvement Activities of the Dental Department and of Sea Mar Community Health Centers (assigned by a lead dental assistant or the immediate supervisor).

The duties and responsibilities for this position may change with changes occurring in the clinic activities or requirements. The supervisor may assign temporary work in other departments or other dental sites.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Applicant must have a valid WA state license

  • Basic life support (BLS) certification

  • Organizational skills

  • Dental record experience

  • Familiarity with the utilization of computers

  • Excellent customer service skills required

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, complete the online application and click SUBMIT or APPLY NOW. If you have any questions regarding the position, email Norma Solis, Dental Supervisor, at

Sea Mar is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted on 03/16/2023

External candidates considered after 03/21/2023

This position is represented by Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).

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