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Certified Dental Assistant 

Reference #63646
Regular Part Time 0.50 FTE
Wage: $23.10 per hour

Kelowna, BC


The Certified Dental Assistant participates in the management of patients with medical compromise: performs chair-side duties and as required clerical duties – pre and post appointment and follow-up, using computerized equipment. 


Example of Duties and Accountabilities

  • Performs all the chair-side duties of a dental assistant and maintains infection control.  Makes impressions to fabricate gel carriers; constructs and fits custom gel carriers and instructs patients on how to use.  Fabricates bite blocks and gingival protectors in preparation for radiotherapy procedures.  Provides home care instruction to patients.  Performs such other duties from time to time as permitted by the legislation of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. for a certified dental assistant. 
  • Participates in management of patients with medical compromise and with possible exposure to medical risk.  Assists the Dentist with screening of patients and assessment of dental needs to set priorities for dental visits. 
  • Applies topical chemotherapy to oral lesions. 
  • Assists in creating patient information pamphlets as directed and follows the appropriate policies to have them approved for patient use. 
  • Communicates with medical and dental staff in the Centre and the Dental Consultant and in the community as necessary to facilitate the adjustment of appointment schedules, while ensuring that patient care is not jeapordized.  



Education, Training and Experience

  • Graduation from a recognized Certified Dental Assistant program plus one year’s related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current registration with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.  

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Ability to organize work.

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