Dental Assistant

Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46202

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: FQHC  

Req ID:  15886 


Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Days 


Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.




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Job Role Summary

The Dental Assistant assists the dentist or dental hygienist. This position is responsible for providing assistance in dental procedures, as well as for exposing and processing X-rays. The Dental Assistant performs patient intake. The Dental Assistant successfully demonstrates compliance with quality assurance, improvement and safety requirements. This position consistently shows initiative, efficiency, problem solving skills, high attention to detail, and friendly customer service skills.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Customer Services
•    Role models Eskenazi Health mission, vision, and shared values
•    Provides supportive care for patients at all times
•    Supports team members to accomplish daily activities
•    Assists others when needed
•    Listens to the voice of the customer and strives to  exceed their expectations

•    Keeps the operatory neat and clean during procedures and disinfects thoroughly before each patient arrives. Keeps hand pieces properly maintained. Ensures that vacuum lines, unit, chair, light, instruments, and tray setups are thoroughly disinfected and properly sterilized at all times.

•    Restocks rooms as necessary
•    Provides patient management for the dental department

Operational Efficiency
•    Takes vital signs and reviews patient health history, updating as necessary
•    Lays out necessary instruments for procedure
•    Assists the dentist or dental hygienist in transfer of instruments utilizing approved dental assisting principles. Assists the operator in preparation and delivery of dental materials
•    Exposes and processes x-rays and duplicates when necessary. Ensures all x-rays are suitable for diagnosis
•    Performs restorative dentistry procedures within scope of certification or training

•    Assists the Health Center Manager on infection control, regulatory readiness for The Joint Commission, OSAP, OSHA and ADA guidelines
•    Handles protected health information (PHI) in a manner consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA)
•    Maintains strict confidentiality and respect the privacy of others

Financial Sustainability
•    Orders and maintains inventory of dental supplies according to purchasing policies and procedures for EHC

Job Requirements

•    High School Diploma or equivalent
•    Graduate of an accredited dental assisting program or CDA required
•    Dental Radiograph certification with the State of Indiana
•    Bilingual in English and Spanish valuable
•    Previous experience within a dental clinic valuable

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•    Basic computer and mathematic skills
•    Exhibits hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity when working with patients and/or equipment
•    Ability to:
o    assess age-specific and population-specific needs of patients
o    recognize emergent situations and act appropriately
o    understand and carry out written orders
o    stand/walk for extensive periods of time
•    Demonstrated sensitivity, tolerance and respect to diversity issues/concerns and for others by treating all customers and co-workers with dignity
•    Ability to uses tact and diplomacy in all communication
•    Demonstrated adaptability and sense of priorities
•    Knowledge of dental procedures, medical terminology, dental equipment and supplies




Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America’s best midsize employers’ Eskenazi Health’s programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city’s primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care – Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, just to name a few.


Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis