Dental Assistant Floater
Job Details
APLA Health Center, CDU/MLK Medical Campus - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
High School
$22.36 - $26.59 Hourly
Up to 25%
Day: 8am - 5pm
Health Care


The Dental Assistant Floater works under the supervision of licensed Dentist. As a Dental Assistant Floater, you will provide patient care and chair-side support to the Dentist during patient treatment. Other duties include instrument sterilization, maintaining dental office cleanliness and asepsis, assisting in language translation between doctor and patient, and other front office duties as needed. This position will required traveling based on scheduling needs to help fill for staff vacancies and or staff shortages for all clinic sites.



  • Provide efficient chair-side assistance to the Dentist in the clinic.
  • Welcome and greet every patient in the clinic.
  • Help patients feel comfortable before, during and after treatment.
  • Help provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including endodontics and oral surgery.
  • Prepare the treatment room, have instruments, equipment and materials ready.
  • Position instruments for Dentist access, be prepare to suction and pass instruments when needed or requested by the Dentist or Hygienist.
  • Provide information to the patient by answering questions and request.
  • Maintain patient record by taking dental histories and medical histories.
  • Take and record vital signs before treatment initiates.
  • Perform patient charting as instructed by the Dentist.
  • Take digital radiographs and organized them electronically (x-rays).
  • Take impressions as instructed by the Dentist and pour models.
  • Fabricate temporary restorations (if licensed by the Dental Board of California)
  • Perform coronal polishing (if licensed by the Dental Board of California).
  • Clean, pack and sterilize instruments and use correct PPE when handling sterile and non-sterile instruments.
  • Provide post-operative instructions as prescribed by the Dentist.
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment by complying with the procedures, rules and regulations of the clinic.
  • Protect yourself and patients by adhering to infection-control policies and procedures.
  • Ensure operations for dental equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements following manufacturers instructions.
  • Maintain inventory of dental supplies
  • Maintain all logs required for APLAs Health equipment in compliance for our annual DSR audit tool
  • Help Dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining a CPR certification, have knowledge of where the medical emergency kit and oxygen tank are stored.
  • Assist in maintaining OSHA and HIPPA compliance.
  • Schedule patient appointments when needed.
  • Assist the front office when needed.
  • Be a visible representative of APLA Health & Wellness in the community and occasionally network with other community based organizations to help improve relationships and ensure maximum availability of resources for our patients.




Training and Experience:

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1 year of recent and relevant experience working in the dental field and dental administration with a Dental Assistant Certificate or a minimum of 3 years of recent and relevant experience working in the dental field and dental administration without a Dental Assistant Certificate.
  • X-ray license issued by the Dental Board of California or willing to get the license within the first 45 days of employment
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • CPR Certified


Knowledge of:

  • Universal precautions and infection control
  • OSHA and HIPAA regulations
  • Dental Terminology
  • Dental materials and usage
  • HIV/AIDS medical issues (preferred but not required)
  • Microsoft Office Software Programs


Ability to:

  • Fluently speak in the Spanish Language
  • Work independently and responsibly
  • Treat patients with respect, compassion, and confidentiality
  • Work effectively as a team member in a busy dental practice
  • Be self-motivated and maintain the commitment to excellence of APLA Health & Wellness
  • Learn and become proficient with eClinicals Works, Dexis, KaVo OP3D



This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper.



Must possess a valid California drivers license; proof of auto liability insurance; and have the use of a personal vehicle for work related purposes. COVID vaccination and booster or religious/medical exemption required.


Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/transgender/disability/veteran.