Surgical Dental Assistant

Job description

Assists faculty and residents of the Pediatric and Adult (GPR) Dentistry programs with daily patient schedules by doing four-handed/chairside and expanded duty dental assisting and will assist with oral and I.V. sedations.

Will be trained to work in the Center for Advanced Surgery assisting with dental procedures performed under general anesthesia. Assist with patients who are medically, physically complex including the use of restraints and special devises in patient management techniques.

The successful candidate will provide occasional backup/fill-in coverage for other Dental Assistants and Dental Therapists at various levels in various UK dental clinics both on and off campus.

Job Title
Surgical Dental Assistant

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
7A832: Dentistry - Adult Faculty Prac.

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

4 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Standing for long periods of time.


Monday - Friday, day shift.


Expanded duties certificate; Coronal polishing certificate; Radiation safety certificate, knowledge of proper infection control techniques in dentistry.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

At least 2 years' experience as an expanded duties dental assistant in general and/or pediatric dentistry; Experience assisting with sedations and working in the operating room environment; 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. * 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
  2. * Do you have an Expanded Duty Certificate?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a current Radiation Safety certificate in the state of Kentucky?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please indicate the number of years of 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. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
    Optional Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter





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    Job No:
    Posted: 11/7/2018
    Application Due: 11/14/2018
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