Dental Assistant Jobs in Santa Cruz, CA

Aid dentist as required, especially in areas such as direct patient care, office duties, and preparing materials for treatments. Dental assistants are typically responsible for directly supporting dentists to ensure that procedures run smoothly. They manage equipment such as suction hoses to keep the patient’s mouth dry and workable during treatment, sterilize instruments, and develop X-rays/perform other lab tasks under dentist oversight. Additionally, they coordinate with clients to deliver information on effective hygiene techniques, schedule appointments, and arrange billing/payment. Because many of their tasks involve interaction with dentists and patients, they need to have strong interpersonal skills.

Depending on state regulations, dental assistants may perform coronal polishing to eliminate soft deposits, protect teeth from cavities with sealant or fluoride, and/or prepare patients for procedures by applying topical anesthetic. Some are also expected to prepare materials for temporary crowns and casts of teeth.

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Western Dental - San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
RDA Ortho New & Experienced Licensee Welcome Want excellent training? Are you a motivated self-starter looking for professional and personal fulfillment in your dental career? Come and join a fun...
1 day ago
Western Dental - Santa Clara, CA (22 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
For top performing Dental Assistants, Western Dental/Brident University offers Registered Dental Assistant training programs, RDA license fee reimbursement and promotion tracks....
1 day ago
San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
Dental Assistant, RDA, RDA EF needed for General dentist family practice. 3-4 days per week. X-ray license needed....
1 day ago
SmileDirectClub - San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
That's why we're looking for energetic, passionate, and confident Dental Assistants who can help turn frowns into life-changing grins. Are you up for it?...
16 hours ago
Confidential - Santa Cruz, CA
We are a small PPO practice in Santa Cruz looking for a friendly, enthusiastic and reliable dental assistant to join our dental team....
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1 day ago
San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
As a Registered Dental Assistant you'll have the support and professional opportunity you need to maximize your potential....
3 days ago
San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
Dental Assistant, at least one year experience, have great personality, able to help the dentist to make her job better and help patient to understand the importance and the value of having a healthy...
2 days ago
Capitola, CA (12 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
NORTH COAST ORTHODONTICS Our state of the art office is seeking an Orthodontic Assistant (OA) and/or Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) to handle all clinical aspects of patient care in a busy orthodontic...
1 day ago
San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
Previous dental assistant experience would be helpful, but a great attitude, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to learn are our first priorities....
1 day ago
Gentle Dental - Sunnyvale, CA (23 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
Expanded Functions Bilingual Spanish Benefits Full suite of benefits (Dental, Medical, Vision, Life) PTO 401k Continuing Education Paid Holidays Schedule This is a full-time opportunity Click here...
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3 days ago Gentle Dental
San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
Busy family dental practice looking for a reliable, hard working and professional dental assistant. Are you people friendly? Able to multi-task? Do you take pride in a job well done?...
4 days ago
Smile Brands - Mountain View, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
Your Role as a Registered Dental Assistant Youll be an important member of the clinical team, working alongside GPs and other Specialty Clinicians dedicated to serving patients....
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4 days ago Smile Brands
Santa Clara, CA (22 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
We are a friendly office looking for a bright, reliable, efficient dental assistant. Min experience 2 yrs. Dentrix knowledge a plus....
5 days ago
San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
A state of the art high-tech dental practice in South San Jose is looking for an experienced, friendly and energetic RDA/Dental Assistant....
5 days ago
Stynt - San Jose, CA (24 miles from Santa Cruz, CA)
Associated topics: assistant, dental biller, bilingual, certified dental assistant, clinical assistant, dental assistant, efda, oxide, radiographer, steps...
6 days ago

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Salary for Dental Assistant Jobs in Santa Cruz, CA

This is the average annual salary for Dental Assistant jobs in Santa Cruz, CA as reported by the BLS.

$42,952

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Highest Education Level

Dental Assistants in Santa Cruz, CA offer the following education background
  • Vocational or Certification (29.4%)
  • High School or GED (27.4%)
  • Bachelor's Degree (17.0%)
  • Associate's Degree (15.5%)
  • Doctorate Degree (4.1%)
  • Some College (3.3%)
  • Master's Degree (2.1%)
  • Some High School (1.2%)

Average Work Experience

Here's a breakdown of the number of years' experience offered by Dental Assistants in Santa Cruz, CA
  • Less than 1 year (60.4%)
  • 1-2 years (28.4%)
  • None (11.2%)

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