Franciscan Children's Hospital & Rehabilit Dental Assistant in United States


Dental assistants increase the efficiency of the dentist in delivery of oral health care while in the operating room. The dental assistance are valuable members of the surgical team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties of a dental assistant are comprehensive and varied in the operating room setting. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Effective communication is essential in the role of being a dental assistant.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assists the dentists during a variety of treatment procedures in the operating room
  • Selects and prepares the necessary supplies and equipment for the dentist prior to surgery
  • Assists team members in positioning patient prior to surgery
  • Assists in transfer to and from stretcher
  • Assisting the dentist in taking dental x-rays
  • Adheres to infection control policies and procedures
  • Complies and understands aseptic techniques
  • Demonstrates techniques of disinfection, sterilization and maintaining a clean environment
  • Utilizes appropriate personal protective equipment during patient care: mask with shield, gown, gloves
  • Adheres to sterilization and handling process of dental instruments
  • Promotes high quality care of patients and exceptional service
  • Effectively communicates with all members of the surgical team
  • Assists in relief duties with team members
  • Participates in room turnover
  • Participates in counting procedure outlined in policy
  • Adheres to professional standards set by the department
  • Practices in accordance with the mission and values of the hospital
  • Adheres to the standards of a healthy work environment
  • Participates in departmental performance improvement initiatives
  • Orders necessary supplies to support dental operations or delegates appropriately and effectively