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Dental Assistant

Location: UNMMG Dental Services
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Requisition Code: 1841
# of Openings: 1


Position Title: Dental Assistant

FLSA: Non-Exempt



UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM Medical Group, Inc. is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition assistance, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.

The Division of Dental Services is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a Dental Assistant in our Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC). This individual will assist in the coordination of day to day patient administration, records management, sterilization of instruments, ordering/stocking dental supplies as needed.


The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively and efficiently in an operating room setting and a large dental clinical setting, working with a large number of resident dentists and other staff members.


Must be x-ray and BLS/CPR certified


The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.



Provides a range of clinical, administrative, and staff support to a full-range dental services operation. Assists in the performance of dental and radiography procedures; prepares and maintains dental equipment and supplies in accordance with established protocol, procedures, policies, and standards, and assists in the coordination of day-to-day patient administration, records management, and office support activities.



  1. Provides chairside assistance to dentists and/or dental hygienists in the performance of dental procedures, to include operative, preventive, periodontal, endodontic, prosthetic, surgical, implant, and anesthesia procedures in both the general dental office setting and hospital operating room.
  2. Prepares, sterilizes, organizes, and sets up dental equipment, ensures that all dental instruments are cleaned, dated, and processed according to established clinic guidelines and standards.
  3. Monitors and maintains dental equipment, such as patient delivery units, evacuator systems, compressors, digital and traditional radiographic equipment, sterilizers, electrosurge unit, implant unit and implant instrumentation, light curing units, model trimmer, vacuformer and all other dental lab equipment, in accordance with manufactures guidelines.
  4. Maintains compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, infection control techniques and regulations by reviewing dental material safety data sheets, statistics, labeling hazardous material, disposing of sharp and infectious waste, and maintaining autoclave sterilization log.
  5. Develops and processes dental radiographs in accordance with provider orders; assists in the monitoring and maintenance of radiation safety procedures and protocols with both digital and traditional methods.
  6. Follows and maintains inventories of dental clinic supplies.
  7. Follows and maintains all relevant federal, state, and institutional regulations, guidelines, policies, and standards for the provision of dental clinical services.
  8. Maintains and assists with computerized data and charting, probing, and digital x-rays.
  9. Maintains dental laboratory slips and checks in lab cases.
  10. Assists with training of student dental assistants and staff.
  11. Assists with taking patient's blood pressure and documentation.
  12. Assists with medical stabilization devices; transfers patients from wheelchair using a Hoyer lift or gait belt.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



High school diploma or GED, Dental Assistant certificate from an accredited program. Current Certified State of New Mexico radiology license required. Verification of education and licensure (if applicable) will be required if selected for hire.



  • Knowledge of four-handed dental techniques.
  • Knowledge of dental assistant techniques, practices, and materials.
  • Knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Knowledge of Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards of dental infection control.
  • Ability to work as a team member within a clinical environment.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Current knowledge of and ability to follow a full range of dental clinical procedures and protocols.
  • Ability to set up and prepare dental equipment and instrumentation in accordance with established regulations and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
  • Ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a wide range of dental equipment in accordance with prescribed procedures and standards.
  • Knowledge of radiation safety procedures, standards, and protocols.
  • Ability to develop traditional and digital radiographs.
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.
  • Ability to organize dental materials and projects.
  • Ability to review medical histories, observing and documenting observations.
  • Ability to work with aggressive, difficult, or special need patients.
  • Ability to perform dental radiology, coronal polishing, topical fluoride procedure, pit and fissure, and sealant applications.
  • Knowledge in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.
  • Ability in operating a computer and applicable software.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and institutional regulations and guidelines for the provision of dental outpatient services.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Knowledge of the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care Rules and New Mexico Health Care Act.



  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.
  • Must be employment eligible as verified by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Services Administration (GSA).
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Fingerprinting, and subsequent clearance, is required.
  • Must provide proof of varicella & MMR immunity or obtain vaccinations within 90 days of employment.
  • Must obtain annual influenza vaccination.
  • Must maintain dental assistant license.
  • If this position is assigned to a clinical area, successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-placement medical evaluation/health screen.  Required N-95 mask fitting, testing, vaccinations to include annual TST, Tdap, and Hepatitis B will be determined based on location and nature of position.



  • Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
  • Work may require assisting with stand-up dentistry on patients unable to move from prone positions.
  • Work involves repetitive hand and wrist movements.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require OSHA training.
  • Extensive physical activity. Requires handling of objects up to 50 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than six (6) hours per day.

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