Surgical Dental Assistant

Position: Surgical Dental Assistant

Location: Arlington, VA

Hours: Monday-Friday – No nights or weekends!

Compensation Range: $26-$32 per hour

We are helping a privately owned Oral Surgeon find a top-notch surgical dental assistant to join her team. This is a small practice that values strong relationships between its patients and its referral network. We are looking for a driven, reliable and professional Dental Assistant with prior experience with either oral surgery or with periodontic procedures.


  • In an emergency situation react quickly to change/assemble equipment such as full-face mask, laryngoscope, endotracheal tubes, etc.
  • Handle all substances in accordance with Health and Safety policies
  • Setting up and preparing the surgery before the start of each session
  • Clean and disinfect all equipment and working surfaces to the required standards at the end of each session 
  • Keep the clinical areas and all equipment and instruments clean, tidy and sterile as appropriate according to the practice’s health and safety and infection control procedures and manufacturers’ instructions
  • Use all equipment and machinery in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations and ensure that they are maintained regularly and in good working order 
  • Provide chairside assistance, ensuring that the correct equipment is available
  • Always ensure the care and welfare of patients in a friendly, helpful and courteous manner
  • Accurately complete patient clinical records as directed
  • Perform chaperoning duties for dentists, hygienists/therapists when treating patients 
  • Be familiar and comply with all Health and Safety rules and guidance infection control, and ensure safe disposal of sharps and clinical waste
  • Complete laboratory request forms, keep records of work sent, received and fitted
  • Ensure adequate stocks of materials and other items within the surgery
  • Ensure computer/written records are accurately maintained and securely stored
  • Liaise with reception to ensure smooth patient communications and transfer of records
  • Other duties as necessary for the efficient operation of the practice, including the duties and tasks of receptionist as required
  • Assist in keeping clean the surfaces, sinks, floors of the surgeries and common areas of the practice reception, office, and staff room 
  • Needs to anticipate the Doctor in being one step ahead of him/her knowing what he/she will need so the surgery runs smoothly
  • Knowledge of all emergency algorithms, medications and equipment
  • Able to take x-rays: Panorex and Periapicals and CBCT

Job Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Direct Deposit
  • 401K
  • Comprehensive Health, Dental, and Vision benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Bonus System


  • 2 years of Oral Surgical Assistant experience
  • Experience working with IV sedated patients and training in emergency procedures preferred but not a requirement 
  • Certified as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant by the D.A.N.B. 
  • X-Ray License required

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