Dental Assistant - Rohnert Park & Petaluma

    • Job Tracking ID: Evergreen
    • Job Location: Petaluma, CA
      Rohnert Park, CA.
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 08, 2019
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County.  The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community. 

The Petaluma Health Center is a nine-time award winner in the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2018,2017 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009 and we were named as one of "2015 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay" by the North Bay Business Journal.

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas.  We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.

For more information about us, please visit us at


Our Dental Assistants perform a variety of dental assisting duties while promoting a safe and clean environment in order to provide quality dental care.  As a Dental Assistant, you’ll assist our Dentists and teach patients how to care for their teeth and overall oral health.   You will greet and prepare our patients for treatment; maintain equipment and inventory; clean, sterilize and package instruments while following standard precautions, OSHA requirements and dental board auxiliaries’ regulations.  Our Dental Assistants work on behalf of the patient and the dentist helping to assure a high level of professional excellence in oral health care delivery.  This is a great position for someone who wants to eventually move into an RDA position.  Bilingual:  English/Spanish preferred.


We have two Dental Clinics - one located in Petaluma and another clinic located in Rohnert Park.


Areas of Responsibility:

Patient Care:

  • Exposes and processes dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • Assists the dentist during a variety of examinations and treatment procedures: instrument transfer, dental procedure isolation techniques and preparation of dental materials
  • Prepares treatment rooms, instruments and cassettes for procedures
  • Greets and prepares patients for treatment
  • Records medical and dental history and vital signs of patients
  • Records visit information in the electronic patient record (Dentrix)
  • Pours and trims study casts
  • Serves as an infection control officer, follows infection control protocols and sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment
  • Helps patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
  • Provides patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures
  • Teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g. tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • Uses Motivational interviewing and Caries risk assessment tools
  • Provides patient education, nutritional counseling and helps patient set oral health goals
  • Assists patients with referrals and follow up appointments
  • Presents treatment plans to patients
  • Prepares and maintains dental instruments, supplies and equipment
  • Coordinates lab cases with different labs; assures timely pickup and delivery of cases. Keeps the lab area clean and organized. Tracks cases and communicates scheduling needs to the Patient care coordinator.
  • Involved with prevention and management of dental medical emergencies
  • Participates in the achievement of patient satisfaction and office production goals by working efficiently and providing a high level of patient service.


Dental Systems:

  • Proficient with dental software programs including but not limited to Dentrix Enterprise, Guru, Dexis, and Iris Intraoral camera


Dental Office:

  • Performs tasks that require the use of a personal computer
  • Performs and keeps office records related to Sterilization and Equipment maintenance (daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly); Communicates and coordinates equipment repairs.
  • Participates actively in staff meetings



  • Conducts work in compliance with office policies and procedures, safety, OSHA, MSDS guidelines and the Dental Board of CA and COMDA


Other Duties:

  • Assists with other duties as directed

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Graduation from accredited Dental Assisting School preferred or 2 years on the job experience


Desired Skills:

  • Strong customer service ethic
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to perform detailed work according to established formats and protocols


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Radiology license
  • Dental Board of CA accredited course of 8 hours Infection control
  • Dental Board of CA accredited course in Dental Practice act
  • CPR training current


Language Skills: Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal preferred.


Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.


Reasoning Ability: Ability to recognize problems, collect data and establish facts.


Computer Skills: MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), use of a web browser, and dental practice management software knowledge, Dentrix preferred.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Movement within health center complex environment repeatedly throughout the day
  • Ability to write by hand, use phone, use computer keyboard and mouse extensively to perform general office functions
  • Manual wrist and finger dexterity and wrist-finger speed sufficient to perform repetitive actions for extended periods of time
  • Ability to effectively communicate by hearing continuously and speech in a manner which can be understood by a diverse population
  • Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must have visual acuity near and far (20 inches to 20 feet), depth perception, field of vision, ability to focus on an object, ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • Ability to sit or stand frequently
  • Ability to frequently walk, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, and climb with the use of a step stool
  • Ability to grasp, hold and pick up and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to frequently lift and or move up to fifteen (15) pounds
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to twenty-five (25) pounds (periodic lifting of supplies or equipment)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to travel to and from other health center sites and community locations


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to Health Center areas and general office environment. The work environment is a clean, well-lit, well-ventilated, and temperature controlled environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The hours of duty are lengthy and irregular.


Petaluma Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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