Looking for a Dental Assistant to Join our Integrated Rural Clinic Team 

A Great Work Environment!

About Us

Orchid Health was founded seven years ago with the belief that the most effective way to improve the health of our communities is through integrated patient-centered care that takes the time to listen to and build trusting relationships with each patient. We are committed to our communities and each other and are proud of the positive feedback and reputation that we have built.

We are currently hiring for a full-time Dental Assistant to join our team in Oakridge, OR. 

Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dental hygienist in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the Orchid Health team. The essential job functions of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in a dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Prepare treatment rooms for patients by following prescribed procedures and protocols.

  • Provide instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to the treatment area; positioning instruments for dental hygienist’s access; suctioning; passing instruments.

  • Provide materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient's mouth.

  • Provide diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies; pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts.

  • Maintain patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances.

  • Help dentists and dental hygienists manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply, and emergency telephone directory.

  • Educate patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.

  • Maintain patient confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential.

  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.

  • Ensure operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques.

  • Maintain dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.

  • Knowledge or understanding of insurance verification and prior authorization process; referrals;

  • Knowledge of administrative intake process

  • Experience or understanding of OSHA requirements

  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; and participating in professional societies.

  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to participation in clinic meetings, Quality Review, and/or other activities.

Qualification Requirements

High school diploma or GED certificate

Completion of an accredited course in dental assisting preferred (Qualified Dental Assistant)

Current CPR (BLS) required License and/or certification preferred

EFDA certified preferred

Bonus Skills

Knowledge or understanding of Integrative Health Care System

Skill in providing excellent customer service and support.

Ability to organize and prioritize workload and meet deadlines.

Ability to interact effectively and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, education, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds.

Ability to work effectively with managers, co-workers, members of the public and professional groups.

Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, concisely with others (internal and external customers, both verbally and in writing)

Consistently demonstrate positive/proactive customer service attitude. 

Consistently maintains ethical behaviors exemplary of quality public service and fair standards, inclusively, among all Orchid team members and members of the public. 

Strong electronic health record experience.

Knowledge of medical terminology


This is a 40-hour week position

Pay range is $21.00-$22.50 DOE

Medical/Dental/Vision, $500 Employee Wellness benefits each year, continuing education, generous PTO and more!

To apply please email your resume to the HR Director at Vikki@orchidhealth.org. For more information visit our website: www.orchidhealth.org. Thank you.

Orchid Health embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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