The Dental Hygienist at the Oklahoma City VA Healthcare System will perform advanced clinical techniques, under general supervision of the dentist. In addition to providing general duties of a hygienist, the employee would be supervising dental hygiene students during their rotation through the VA Dental Clinic. The employee would be responsible for providing dental hygiene education for both inpatient and outpatient areas. Include but are not limited to: Provides assistance to customers with questions, or concerns, provided service recovery. Reviews patient's medical/dental history to determine any abnormalities or conditions requiring special precautionary measures. Provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions. Provides gross debridement, deep scaling, and curettage and root planning procedures. Cleans dental prosthesis, fixed, and removable. Manages dental recall system, referring patients to the doctor for additional care when needed. Makes impressions for fluoride carrying trays. Administers topical anesthetic agents, local anesthetic (per State license) and local anti-infective agents per direction of dentist. Provides patient education appropriate to the veteran's needs and oral condition. Prepares and provides individual and group oral health care instructions to inpatient, outpatients, and caregivers. Evaluate interproximal x-rays for the presence of calculus, indication of disease, and refer back to dentist for documentation in medical record. Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up the operatory. Assists patients in scheduling appointments. Monitors patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress. Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.