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Bilingual Dental Assistant

Posted: 04/02/2024

We are Hiring: Founded by the Daughters of Charity And the Ladies of Charity of Metropolitan Kansas City, Seton Center, a Community Health Ministry of Ascension, has been dedicated to serving neighbors in need in Kansas City’s urban core since 1969.

Seton Center has evolved into a comprehensive community and neighborhood center providing a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, clothing closet, diapers, and a safety net dental clinic.

Seton Center helps break cycles of poverty through our dental, social and educational programs that address community needs. If you are passionate about social justice and health equity, are innovative and entrepreneurial, come join our team!

What you will do: The Bilingual Dental Assistant, reporting to the Dentist, is responsible for assisting the dentist(s) and dental hygienist(s) in the direct provision of primary care dental services to the patients of Seton Center. The dental assistant is also responsible for the operatory preparation, sterilization, preparation, and inventory control of dental instruments and supplies. The dental assistant will operate clinically under the direction of the dentist and dental hygienist and will be under the direct operational supervision of the dentist(s).

Responsibilities: This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of the position. Other job related responsibilities and tasks may be assigned. Reasonable accommodation may be made so that all individuals are able to perform the essential job functions.

  • Assists Spanish speaking patients by using bilingual skills
  • Gathers patient information and health background and documenting in patient record
  • Pulls up patient dental and relevant medical history for dentist to refer to during examination
  • Prepares patients for dentist
  • Provides chairside patient care and support
  • Prepares the treatment room for patient treatment as per department protocols and the direction of the dentist or the dental hygienist
  • Takes X-rays of patient’s teeth in accordance with state regulation as well as department directive and protocol
  • Sterilizes dental instruments and equipment and maintains all dental equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and department procedures and protocol
  • Assists dentist by using suction, air-water syringes and other equipment, maintaining a clear field during exam and procedures
  • Assists dentist by handing them instruments and equipment, taking notes when needed
  • Educates patients on good oral hygiene habits
  • Prepares materials for dental impressions
  • Updates patient records and treatment plans as directed by dentist
  • Guides patients and maintains schedule
  • Stocks treatment areas and monitors inventory
  • Calls patients for aftercare and answers questions on procedures and follow-up treatment appointments
  • Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering questions and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist or dental hygienist
  • Performs procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with state regulation and law and department directive and protocol
  • Monitors patient schedule daily to ensure adequate and efficient patient flow
  • Follows Missouri State Board of Dentistry, ADA and CDC Infection Control Guidelines and department procedures and protocols
  • Ensures proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated material in accordance with department directives, center policy and state and federal regulations
  • Assists with various clinical and administrative functions as appropriate
  • Attends mandatory training, staff and safety meetings and participates appropriately
  • Uses time wisely and maintains a courteous and professional demeanor at all times
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Dentist

Physical Demands: Moderate physical effort required to include sitting, standing, walking and twisting/bending. Grasping reaching and repetitive hand/wrist movements are routine. Employee may be required to work different sites as scheduled to accommodate the needs of various sites.

Work Environment: Potential occasional exposure to low dose radiation hazards, hazardous chemicals and body fluids and waste. Personal protective equipment provided. May be exposed to infectious and contagious diseases.


  • Commitment to Seton’s mission statement and values
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people
  • Must have the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Must have the ability to listen for understanding and communicate effectively
  • Strong customer service orientation and mindset
  • Competency in a variety of computer applications; knowledge of Eaglesoft or a similar electronic dental records software
  • Basic knowledge of dental procedures and dental codes
  • Positive interpersonal relationship skills required
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is required 


  • High school diploma or GED


  • 2 years of experience in a dental office or clinic setting

Job Type: Full-Time Non-exempt, Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, no more than 36 hours per week

Work Location: Work will take place on site at Seton Center, 2816 E 23rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64127

Compensation: $18-23/hr


  • Dental insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health insurance 
  • Paid-time off
  • Sick-time off
  • Retirement plan 403 B 
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life insurance 
  • Pharmacy coverage 
  • Vision insurance 

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999