Okun Orthodontics P.C. Dental Assistant/ Medical Secretary in Rye Brook, New York

The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Although state regulations vary, responsibilities may include
assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
taking and developing dental radiographs x rays
asking about the patients medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse
serving as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration filling
teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health
e g tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling
taking impressions of patients teeth for study casts models of teeth
performing office management tasks that often require the use of a personal computer
communicating with patients and suppliers e g scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies
helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery