Pediatric Dentist - Per Diem

    • Job Tracking ID: 2018-444
    • Job Location: Rohnert Park, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 16, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • 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 an eight-time award winner in the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 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 dental, 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. We have two large dental clinics, one in Petaluma and the other in Rohnert Park.

For more information about us, please visit us at

Position Title: Pediatric Dentist - Per Diem - Monday 8:30 to 6:30 pm - Rohnert Park

Summary of the Role: As a Pediatric Dentist, you’ll provide dental care for infants, children, and adolescents by performing evaluations, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, injuries and malformations of teeth, periodontal tissues and other related oral structures. You will perform general dental hygiene and periodontal treatment and provide patient dental education. You will perform dental restorations, crowns, root canal therapy, oral surgery and periodontal therapy with or without the aid of nitrous oxide, oral sedation and general anesthesia.

Hours: Mondays in Rohnert Park from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Areas of Responsibility:

Patient Care:

  • Provide patient care and manage immediate staff such as assistants and patient care coordinator. The Pediatric dentist will be an internal referral resource for the PHC/RPHC general dentists and other community clinics and organizations
  • Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
  • Provide preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
  • Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
  • Provide early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
  • Repair of tooth cavities or defects
  • Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
  • Management of gum disease and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
  • Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)
  • Counsel and advise patients and family on growth and development dental problems of patient
  • Ability to handle complex and special needs cases
  • Deliver high quality of care in basic and advanced dental services in all phases of dentistry to patients
  • Diagnose and treat patients to achieve excellent results within estimated treatment time with maximum attention to patient comfort
  • Deliver treatment plans to patients along with an informed consent discussion surrounding treatment options, risks, benefits and alternatives
  • Make appropriate referrals and communicates with specialists
  • Provide patient education materials
  • Complete treatment plans in a timely manner
  • Follow a comprehensive program of preventive dentistry
  • Possesse excellent people skills, particularly a caring attitude toward patients and staff


  • Maintains accurate, timely and up-to-date patient records
  • Understands the overall practice mission, as well as long term and short term strategic goals for the clinic
  • Understands practice scope consistent with the mission and values of the clinic and follows protocols, policies and procedures


  • Ensures patient confidentiality consistent with State and Federal law
  • Complies with all applicable State and Federal regulations, including but not limited to, DBCa, OSHA, CalOSHA and infection control guidelines
  • Ensures correct coding and accurate patient records according to clinic protocol
  • Follows Standards of Care, Quality Assurance & Improvement Program

Other Duties:

  • Maintains a collaborative relationship with other practitioners in the community
  • Works with the IT department and Dentrix, Guru and Dexis Support
  • Communicates with dental laboratories and other outside vendors
  • Performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve clinic goals and objectives, as directed by the Dental Director

Experience and Skills:


  • Graduate of ADA accredited Dental School with DDS or DMD degree
  • 2-3 year Residency Program required

Desired Skills:

  • Pediatric dentists need to have thorough knowledge of specific dental needs of children and also need to be able to interact well with children in order to operate successfully
  • Dentistry requires diagnostic ability and manual skills. Dentists should have good visual memory, excellent judgment regarding space, shape and color, a high degree of manual dexterity and scientific ability
  • Good business sense, self-discipline, and good communication skills with both adults and children are also important factors

Licenses and Certifications:

  • CA State License required
  • All applicable state requirements must be met
  • Completed CE requirements including Dental Practice Act and Infection Control
  • Current BLS certification
  • ADA or AAPD certifications preferred

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

Petaluma Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Please apply directly through our career page at If you have questions, please email or call 707-559-7644