The Staff Dentist (Pedodontics) serves as a clinical dental specialist in Pediatric Dentistry for the FDIHB 24-chair Department of Dental Services; and 4-chair satellite clinic at Nahata’Dziil Health Center. Under general supervision, the Staff Dentist (Pedodontics) provides the full range of pediatric dentistry services. These services focus primarily on treating dental conditions in children ages 0-16 years of age and special needs adults, associated with infections, trauma, congenital and developmental anomalies, caries, periodontal diseases and the management of behavior in pre- cooperative or uncooperative dental patients.
Patient Care Functions: Provides the comprehensive range of pediatric dental specialty procedures for pediatric and special-needs patients on both primary and permanent teeth. Completes limited, periodic, and comprehensive examinations on new and established dental program pediatric patients and special-needs adults; reviews the patient’s medical and dental history; examines the oral cavity, head & neck and oropharynx of each patient for evidence of pathology; prescribes and interprets routine radiographs to identify soft tissues, tooth structures, and dental diseases and abnormalities. Prepares treatment plans for patients including assessment of the problem, type of oral hygiene care required, nutrition assessment and counseling, restorative and rehabilitative care possible with available resources and the sequence of appointments needed to complete treatment. Makes recommendations concerning optimum dental care so that the parents or guardians can make an informed decision on personal resources that may be required to obtain this level of dental care. Provides patient education and chairside oral hygiene instruction including: brushing and flossing techniques, and use of periodontal aids. Plans and adapts instructions in home care techniques to individual patients. Thoroughly communicates diagnoses, treatment options, and post-treatment instructions. Evaluates, diagnoses, and properly treats dental diseases and oral health problems of greater than usual difficulty. Performs complex full mouth dental rehabilitation for pediatric dental patients and special needs adults requiring a great deal of specialized care within the operating room setting. Collaborates with FDIHB and external dental and medical teams to appropriately manage the treatment of patients with significant medical complexities and immunodeficiency. Collaborates with other FDIHB departments, physicians, nurses, and staff for appropriately scheduling and provision of safe and efficient dental treatment within the surgical suites of the FDIHB Operating Room. Provides appropriate emergency dental services, including treatment of trauma, pain, and infection for children of all ages and special-needs patients. Will be expected to treat emergency/walk-in patients when needed or during times of broken appointments or cancellations. Provides services of scope, quality, and quantity consistent with FDIHB and Dental Program policies and expectations. Participates in community outreach programs including the FDIHB School Dental Sealant Program, Well Child Clinics, Head Start Programs, and other events related to health promotion and disease prevention. Maintains a recall system for follow-up of chronic care or pathology patients. Works on a rotation with the other staff dentists to provide emergency dental call after hours, on weekends, and during holiday time periods. Researches current dental literature and regularly attends hospital and dental staff meetings to make improvements in the dental program. Participates in annual continuing dental education to meet state license requirements and to keep up-to-date on the most current dental materials, techniques, research findings, and standards of care. Maintains record systems related to patient care and progress notes according to established FDIHB policies. Efficiently manages daily schedules that may require treating patients in multiple dental operatives simultaneously and effectively manages assigned patient population, as well as, daily, short-term, and long-term schedules. Appropriately utilizes expanded function dental assistants, where indicated. Accepts responsibility and accountability for all patient treatment, coding, and treatment notes. Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and strives to continually deliver the highest quality of patient care. Possesses the knowledge of word processing software and the ability to learn simple spreadsheet entry and patient management information systems. Supports and contributes to the mission, vision, and values of FDIHB and the Department of Dental Services. Accepts and completes other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Administrative Functions: Reviews and revises the FDIHB Pediatric Program for effectiveness, efficiency, quality, and improvement. Serves as consultant, advisor, and mentor to other FDIHB general dentists. Provides lecture presentations, hands-on training courses, department continuing education opportunities, and technical guidance and direction for improved development of the FDIHB dental program providers. Reviews appropriateness of current FDIHB Pediatric Program equipment, instruments, materials, and techniques, and provides recommendations to the FDIHB Chief of Dental Services. In the absence of the Director of Dental Services and other Supervisory Staff Dentists, the Staff Dentist (Pedodontics) may be requested to serve as Acting Chief of Dental Services. Provides oversight for the Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Anxiolysis Program with the Department of Dental Services. Responsibilities include providing recommendations for updates to the Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Anxiolysis Policy, ensuring sufficient quality and quantity of nitrous oxide equipment, and annual staff training. Provides oversight and annual training for the utilization of Silver Diamine Fluoride with the Department of Dental Services. Provides indirect leadership and oversight for, as well as, technical and clinical guidance and direction to, assigned Dental Assistants on a “one on one,” basis and provides necessary feedback to Dental Assistant Supervisors. Routinely meets with assigned dental assistants to discuss expectations for patient care, teamwork improvement, equipment and supply needs, as well as, other concerns or issues that will improve delivery of care and patient experiences. Attends weekly Pod meeting to facilitate communication between dental assistants and dental assistant supervisor. Attends FDIHB meetings as required or requested. Performs other duties as assigned.
Completion of an American Dental Association (ADA)-approved advanced education programs in Pediatric Dentistry Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (* Applicant must be Board Eligible or Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry). Seven (7) years clinical experience specifically with Pediatric Dentistry and Special-Needs Patient Care (children and adults) in the dental profession as a General Dentist.
Completion of an accredited Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. (if applying as a general dentist). Active, unrestricted Dental License from any U.S. State or Territory. Current, valid, unrestricted Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) License. Must obtain and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification by the American Heart Association. Must obtain and maintain Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification by the American Heart Association (*ACLS only required if privileged for Operating Room cases at FDIHB). Must be able to maintain regular and dependable attendance and punctuality. Must be able to demonstrate efficient time management and timely completion of job responsibilities. Must demonstrate sound judgment and composure in response to complex emotional or emergent situations. Must demonstrate excellent communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, and written) and be able to develop productive and cooperative professional interpersonal relationships with employees and patients. Must be self-motivated and must demonstrate proactivity and initiative. Knowledge of and understanding of dentistry in the specialty of pediatric dentistry, highly developed diagnostic skills, expert treatment planning ability, outstanding behavior management skills and considerable skill in administering treatment. Must be able to relate necessary skills and knowledge to the needs of a complex dental program. Professional knowledge of patient management and special behavioral problems. Knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat very difficult cases. Knowledge and understanding of the relationships and applications of the basic sciences; exceptions skill in handling patients with behavioral problems. Knowledge of special materials, instruments, and equipment required to provide state-of-the-art dental care for pediatric and special-needs patients. Advanced knowledge of the principles and practices and standards of care within the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of cases presenting out of the ordinary dental health problems and/or management of patients with behavior problems. Knowledge of the dental sciences including the principles, practices, and procedures of Operative Dentistry, Oral Diagnosis, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Pedodontics, Endodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Oral Medicine, Geriatric Dentistry, and Dental Prevention. Knowledge of dental anatomy, related oral anatomy, related sciences such as anatomy, histology, nutrition, pharmacology, and the technical methods and practices of dentistry, and the working characteristics of dental instruments and materials sufficient to perform a wide variety of intra-oral procedures, including restoration of teeth. Knowledge of the hospital's medical and dental services, the characteristics and needs of the patient population, principles and practices of dental public health and the resources available in order to develop and carry out the preventive dentistry program. Knowledge of the FDIHB medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, personnel policies, CMS recommendations, OHSA guidelines, NIOSH guidelines, Infection Control policies, Blood borne Pathogens guidelines, FDIHB policies, and Dental program policies. Ability to provide individual and family counseling, guidance and health instruction to help patients understand how to prevent disease and maintain good overall health and well-being. Knowledge of quality assurance and evaluation process to improve patient care and facilitate monitoring and program planning. Knowledge of health record aspects of patient care and ability to accurately and completely document related clinical data. Ability to adapt to electronic record keeping and use of digital programs. Ability to learn and maintain current knowledge of organizational data systems in areas of data entry, patient registration, data retrieval, procurement processes, and communication systems. Knowledge of the principles and practices of dental public health and the resources available in order to develop and carry out the preventive dentistry program. Knowledge of the availability and use of resources designated as primary care and referral services. Knowledge of human behavior during stressful situations in order to exercise emotional control, tact, patience and reliability in carrying out patient care and supervisory responsibilities. Skill in computer and information systems. Knowledge of medical diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease as they relate to the care and treatment of the teeth. Skill in teaching and evaluating dental auxiliary performance in the area of dental prophylaxis and oral hygiene instruction and expanded functions dental assisting. Skill in forming and maintaining interpersonal community based relationships to carry out requisite community health projects. Meets the criteria for Credentialing and Privileging in accordance with the FDIHB Medical Staff Bylaws. A record of satisfactory performance in all prior and current employment as evidenced by positive employment references from previous and current employers.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Career Path: Commissioned Officer or Direct Hire.
Direct Hire Benefits:
-Multi-State Licensure System
-FTCA Malpractice Coverage
-$5,000 Relocation Incentive
-$3,500 Annual CME Allowance
-Personal Leave Accrual
-Sick Leave Accrual
-401K Retirement Plan
-NHSC LRP / Scholar Site
-23-NHSC HPSA Score, Fort Defiance, AZ
-Indian Health Services LRP / Scholar Site
-1 to 4 Bedroom Homes
Contact Ophelia Anthony at (928) 688-5653
Internal Number: MED-18-00031
About Tsehootsooi Medical Center
It’s an exciting time for Tséhootsooí Medical Center as we continue to grow, always remaining adaptable, motivated and responsive to the healthcare needs of northeastern Arizona. As we continue to meet and bring inspired physicians to the diverse cultures of the Colorado Plateau, TMC’s core value of a work-life-balance defines the way we provide rural medicine. We look forward to the opportunity to review you qualifications at www.fdihb.org!