We are looking for a team player to join our team either PT or FT. We are looking for someone who prioritizes the well being of our patients and wants to make this their work home.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
- Standing 80%
- Sitting 20%
- Moderate noise levels from dental and other Lab equipment.
- Medical, office, and lab setting.
- Minimum lifting requirements of 40 pounds in order to transfer equipment and pack and unpack supplies.
- Frequent bending, twisting, and position changes in order to examine and service patients.
- Exceptional hand eye coordination, control, and finger dexterity in order to use dental implements for exams, mixing and/or placing materials on dental tools, products, and in mouths, and grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Frequent client and interoffice personnel interaction as this position is chair-side to dentist and heavily dependent on excellent customer interaction.
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer) as required for mixing and placing materials on tools and in mouths.
- Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Must demonstrate excellent communication skills - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Position Summary: The Dental Hygienist is the chief preventive provider of the Practice. This team member motivates, educates, and provides excellent treatment. Under indirect supervision, the Dental Hygienist will remove hard and soft deposits from teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. He or she will educate patients on oral hygiene, provide preventative dental care, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants. By discovering and documenting areas of failure, both periodontally and restoratively, he or she facilitates the dentist’s diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
- Welcome and seat patient cheerfully.
- Prepare and properly set up treatment rooms for hygiene procedures.
- Review and update patient’s health history; chart progress, treatments, and home care compliance.
- Clean calculus deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments, including scaling and root planning for patients with periodontal disease
- Apply fluorides and other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.
- Assess and evaluate patient through exam, patient records, and patient’s medical history to assist in diagnosis of dental hygiene problems, disease, and efficacy of administered treatment plans. Complete scheduled treatments.
- Recognize early signs of periodontal disease; chart restorations and notate areas of concern.
- Develop and present treatment plans.
- Capture x-rays, process, download and mount for doctor to view; capable of interpreting x-rays independently.
- Perform head and neck/oral cancer exam.
- Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease; communicate findings to patient and doctor.
- Selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient’s mouth, as needed.
- Educate and motivate patient on proper oral hygiene and corrective/preventative measures.
- Work chair side with Dentist as needed, assist doctor in hygiene examination while maintaining patient comfort and care.
- Schedule appropriate re-care appointments.
- Assist hygiene assistant in sterilization duties.
- Maintain hygiene hand pieces and instruments in good repair and sufficient supply.
- Adhere to strict safety guidelines and procedures to OSHA and office standards.
- Must always represent the practice in a professional, pleasant, and cooperative manner.
- Must maintain regular, consistent and punctual attendance in accordance with assigned schedule and time off policies.
- Must be able to comfortably and efficiently handle multiple deadlines and task assignments.
- Must be able to work both independently and cooperatively in team settings displaying exceptional skill in time management in order to set and maintain own and subordinate procedure/task schedule.
- Always maintain the highest level of confidentiality to HIPAA standards.
- Must be comfortable seeing and able to maintain a professional demeanor and attitude while working around blood and smells that may be unpleasant.
- Other duties and tasks, as assigned periodically.
- Participate in morning meeting, and provide information regarding new patients for the day.
- Participate in marketing efforts, patient contact.
- Use downtime constructively.
- Presents in a clean, well-groomed professional manner.
- Adheres to office policies.
- Performs light housekeeping around office.
- Occasionally there may be some travel, by car or plane, required in order for you to participate in continuing education or seminars.
- Must be detail oriented in order to work efficiently in small spaces and maintain patient comfort.
- You must be flexible and understand that your job duties may change from time to time and that you may be asked to “help out” in other areas of the office.
- Must excel in forward thinking in order to anticipate the needs of the patient.
- Must demonstrate active listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Must demonstrate good reading comprehension
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
- Ability to calm and reassure patients facing uncomfortable or painful procedures.
- Ability to quickly write detailed information in a readable, legible, condensed form.
Experience and Education:
· Associate's Degree from ADA accredited dental hygienist school; Current State Licensure; CPR Certification; Preferred one year dental experience.
· Certified in anesthesia and/or Sedation, if appropriate
As a dentist, Dr. Lowe looks to establish lasting personal relationships with his patients and to become an active member of the Fairbanks community. Dr. Lowe continually seeks to further his education and find new ways to treat your smile.
When not serving at our office, Dr. Lowe enjoys spending his free time with his family and wife and children. He is also an avid outdoors-man. He is looking forward to meeting his new community members
Alaska Dental Arts Fairbanks
Why Work Here?Dr. Derek Lowe is excited to welcome you to the Fairbanks, Alaska, office of Alaska Dental Arts. A 2006 graduate of the University of Las Vegas of Dental Medicine, Dr. Lowe brings with him all of the latest training and experience to offer you and your family outstanding results. He also studied Economics at the University of Utah. As a dentist, Dr. Lowe looks to establish lasting personal relationships with his patients and to become an active member of the Fairbanks community. Dr. Lowe continually seeks to further his education and find new ways to treat your smile. When not serving at our office, Dr. Lowe enjoys spending his free time with his family and wife and children. He is also an avid outdoors-man. He is looking forward to meeting his new community members