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Capital Area Health Network Dental Assistant in Richmond, Virginia


Provide quality care and services to patients by directly assisting dentists and other dental team members in a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. Ensure all patients enjoy a positive experience and are treated with care and compassion.


  • Assist dentist chair-side by organizing and preparing instruments for dentists use and assisting as needed during procedures.
  • Take clinically acceptable x-rays as requested by the dentist. Manage digital radiographs.
  • Prepare and maintain dental instruments, materials and equipment.
  • Collect and record patient health histories (dental and medical) and record information for dentists reference prior to examination.
  • Advise patients in dental care instructions following procedures.
  • Follow through with post-visit duties.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dental procedures, clinic infection control procedures, cleaning and sterilization of instruments, tray setup and materials.
  • Stay up to date on OSHA and HIPAA guidelines.
  • Communicate effectively with all office staff and patients
  • Interact positively with a diverse patient population.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of skills necessary to meet the patients physical and educational and safety needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Turn on and off compressor upon arrival and departure from clinic.
  • Maintain proper infection control when assisting in the operatory. (Personal Protective Equipment- Protective Eye-ware, mask, gloves and barrier gown)
  • Dispose of sharps once a month in the proper manner.
  • Dispose of infectious waste in the proper manner.
  • Chart patient dental conditions according to protocol.
  • Teach patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health
  • Perform supra-gingival prophylaxis and apply sealants when necessary.
  • Greet every patient in the waiting room, introduce yourself and escort them to the operatory
  • Take blood pressure readings on all patients.
  • Dispatch lab work appropriately.
  • Accountable for office supply order, ensuring the office is fully stocked and materials are up to date.
  • Follow duties as described in the CAHN dental assisting manual I received during orientation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrate success in computer skills including ability to use computer for scheduling, word documents and reasonable keyboard skills.
  • Ability to keep all patient information strictly confidential
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to be pleasant, courteous, punctual and efficient
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a stressful environment.


  • Radiation safety certification
  • DANB Certification preferred.