Surgical Dental Assistant

Lexington, KY
Mar 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Surgical Dental Assistant will assist faculty and residents of the Pediatric and Adult (GPR) Dentistry programs with daily patient schedules by using four-handed/chair side and expanded-duty dental assisting skills. This position will assist with oral and I.V. sedations.

In addition, this position will be trained to work in the Center for Advanced Surgery, assisting with dental procedures performed under general anesthesia, as well as assist with patients who are medically, mentally, and physically complex, including the use of restraints and special devices and patient management techniques.

The person in this position may, on occasion, provide back-up coverage for Dental Assistants and Dental Therapists at various levels in other UK Dental Clinics both on and off campus.

Job Title
Surgical Dental Assistant

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
7A007:Dentistry Clinical Affairs & Patient Care

Work Location

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience


Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Constant Repetitive Motion


Monday - Friday, Day Shift


At least 2 years' experience as an expanded duties dental assistant in general and/or pediatric dentistry; radiation safety certificate; knowledge of proper infection control techniques in dentistry.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Expanded duties certificate; Coronal polishing certificate; experience assisting with sedation and working in the operating room environment; experience working in a pediatric dentistry setting; knowledge of implant procedures is desirable.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * UK HealthCare recognizes the patient as our premier customer and promises to provide excellent customer services to patients, colleagues, co-workers and all others who seek our services. By applying for a position with UK HealthCare, I am indicating my commitment to service excellence and expressing my agreement to consistently recognize that: - Our customer is every person we come into contact with during our workday. - Service is being flexible, courteous and respectful while anticipating and fulfilling the needs of our customers. - Quality is the foundation of everything we do. It is our desire to provide exceptional service to every patient and customer we serve. - Careful, efficient and responsible management of our resources is vital to our success. - We want to attract, develop and retain highly skilled and competent co-workers, which will in turn achieve customer loyalty and promote the growth of UK HealthCare. By submitting my application for employment with UK HealthCare, I acknowledge that I will be held accountable to follow the UK HealthCare Behavioral Expectations if selected for a position with UK HealthCare. Do you agree to abide by the UK HealthCare Standards?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of expanded duties dental assisting experience do you have:
    • None
    • More than 0, up to 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up to 2 years
    • More than 2 years, up to 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up to 4 years
    • More than 4 years
  3. * Do you have a current radiation safety certificate for the state of Kentucky?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please indicate the number of years' experience you have in working with patients with special needs:
    • None
    • More than 0, up to 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up to 2 years
    • More than 2 year, up to 3 years
    • More than 3 year, up to 4 years
    • More than 4 years
  5. * Do you have experience assisting a surgeon in the operating room?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Describe your ability to work in a fast-paced and high intensity outpatient clinic setting. Please give specific examples of how you manage in this environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter


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