Dental Assistant I/II
Tacoma, WA Dental
Job Type


PUYALLUP TRIBAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, located in Tacoma Washington is seeking a full time Dental Assistant I or II.


“It is the mission of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority to provide quality healthcare and promote wellness in a culturally appropriate manner.”


We offer an outstanding workplace, competitive market based salary, and benefits packages including:

  • Monday – Friday schedule
  • Medical/Dental/Vision benefits – monthly premiums paid 100% for employees
  • 20+ annual paid holidays
  • Generous paid sick and vacation accruals
  • 401(k) with annual profit sharing
  • Life & AD&D insurance coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Excellent work/home life balance

GENERAL FUNCTION: Provide chair side assistance to dental practitioners using four-handed practices. Provide direct patient care and administrative support to the dental department as necessary.


  • Provide accurate and efficient chair side assistance to dental providers and hygienists using established four-handed  practices.
  • Effectively demonstrates knowledge of dental restorative, endodontic and oral surgery practices and procedures and application techniques for crowns and bridges.
  • Accurately performs child and adult prophys, direct patient preventative procedures, OHI, fluorides, sealant application, and rubber dam placement.
  • Able to identify, use and arrange, all dental instruments and prepares procedure tray setups in a timely manner, as needed by dental provider.
  • Assist in the completion of patient dental records by accurately processing digital radiographs/xrays and following established     protocols for patient exposure.
  • Wear personal protective equipment including sterile garments, glasses, mask, and gloves at all times while performing main job functions and follows all PTHA and accreditation guidelines for safety.
  • Wipe clean all instruments of debris/material/cement prior to replacing in cassettes and sending to central sterilization for   processing, practicing proper infection control and following established sterilization protocol.
  • Performs preventative maintenance on and maintains all equipment per manufacturer guidelines and reports equipment failure to supervisor within 24 hours.
  • Assists patients through the dental process with care and understanding at all times.
  • Provide age appropriate behavior management as needed, for dental patients, ages 0-18 years of age.
  • Effectively communicates home care instructions to patients and/or parents of minor children.
  • Assist in training newly hired Dental Assistants, as needed.

  • Current BLS certification and experience with electronic health record systems and:
  • Graduate from a Dental  Assistant Program. At least six months of general dentist assistant job  experience. Must obtain Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification within three (3) years of hire.
  • Three years of general dental assistant job experience. Must obtain Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification within one year of hire. Experience must also include:
  • -One year experience in pediatric assisting and/or
  • -One year orthodontic  assisting.