Advanced Practice Careers at Lifespan

Certified Dental Assistant Job

Job Number: RIH17301

Job Title: Certified Dental Assistant

Department: JSDC Prof Care Dental - 1012440

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

Completion of an approved Dental Assistant program and certification by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.

Knowledge of dental assisting to include familiarity with four-handed dentistry procedures, instruments and equipment used in operative dentistry, periodontics, pedodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and prosthodontics as well as knowledge of dental radiographic and laboratory procedures.

Demonstrated clerical skills to perform office duties, including assisting the dentist and hygienist in record keeping on dental software.

Demonstrated ability to operate office equipment such as computer system, fax machine, and copy machine.

Interpersonal skills to deal effectively with dentists, families, guardians, group home staff and specialized population of patients in order to explain procedures, provide instruction regarding proper dental hygiene and alleviate fears.

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients throughout the life span with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.

Certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


Minimum of one-year general dental assisting experience to include familiarity with pediatric, intellectually challenged patients with special needs, plus three to six months experience on the job to become familiar with department procedures.

Under the general supervision of the Dental Director, and Officer Manager of Samuels Sinclair Dental Center, and under the clinical supervision of staff dentists, follows established policies and procedures to assist dentists and dental hygienists in provision of dental care to specialized patient population comprised of intellectually challenge, pediatric and high-risk inpatients and outpatients including those with contagious and communicable diseases. Coordinates appointments for operating room procedures including admissions, pre-admission testing and room bookings. Sets up operating room with supplies and instruments, supplies and dental treatment area and maintains departmental records and reports.