Careers At UNM Medical Group

Dental Assistant

Department: Dental
Location: Albuquerque, NM

The UNM Department of Dental is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a Dental Assistant. This individual will assist in the coordination of day-to-day patient care, records management, sterilization of instruments, ordering/stocking dental supplies as needed.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively and efficiently in an operating room setting and a large dental clinical setting, working with many resident dentists and other staff members.

*Sign-On Bonus - $3,000*

Minimum $18.52/hr. - Midpoint $23.16/hr.*

*Salary is determined based on years of total relevant experience.

*Salary is based on 1.0 FTE (full time equivalent) or 40 hours per week. Less than 40 hours/week will be prorated and adjusted to the appropriate FTE.


Provides a range of clinical, administrative, and staff support to a full-range dental services operation. Assists in the performance of dental and radiography procedures; prepares and maintains dental equipment and supplies in accordance with established protocol, procedures, policies, and standards, and assists in the coordination of day-to-day patient administration, records management, and office support activities.

Minimum Job Requirements of a Dental Assistant:

High school diploma or GED, Dental Assistant certificate from an accredited program. Current Certified State of New Mexico radiology license required. Current BLS certification. Verification of education and licensure (if applicable) will be required if selected for hire.

*Please attach proof of education and licensure as indicated above*

Duties and Responsibilities of a Dental Assistant:

  1. Provides chairside assistance to dentists and/or dental hygienists in the performance of dental procedures, to include operative, preventive, periodontal, endodontic, prosthetic, surgical, implant, and anesthesia procedures in both the general dental office setting and hospital operating room.
  2. Prepares, sterilizes, organizes, and sets up dental equipment, ensures that all dental instruments are cleaned, dated, and processed according to established clinic guidelines and standards.
  3. Monitors and maintains dental equipment, such as patient delivery units, evacuator systems, compressors, digital and traditional radiographic equipment, sterilizers, electrosurge unit, implant unit and implant instrumentation, light curing units, model trimmer, vacuformer and all other dental lab equipment, in accordance with manufactures guidelines.
  4. Maintains compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, infection control techniques and regulations by reviewing dental material safety data sheets, statistics, labeling hazardous material, disposing of sharp and infectious waste, and maintaining autoclave sterilization log.
  5. Develops and processes dental radiographs in accordance with provider orders; assists in the monitoring and maintenance of radiation safety procedures and protocols with both digital and traditional methods.
  6. Follows and maintains inventories of dental clinic supplies.
  7. Follows and maintains all relevant federal, state, and institutional regulations, guidelines, policies, and standards for the provision of dental clinical services.
  8. Maintains and assists with computerized data and charting, probing, and digital x-rays.
  9. Maintains dental laboratory slips and checks in lab cases.
  10. Assists with training of student dental assistants and staff.
  11. Assists with taking patient's blood pressure and documentation.
  12. Assists with medical stabilization devices; transfers patients from wheelchair using a Hoyer lift or gait belt.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

About UNM Medical Group, Inc.

UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNMMG is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG strives to mitigate health disparities brought about by technology; we aim to reach underrepresented populations, making healthcare more equitable and accessible for all of the people in New Mexico; we have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.


UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition reimbursement, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.

Notice of Equal Opportunity Employment

We are an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a drug and alcohol free employer.

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