PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state dental clinic this class is accountable for providing lead supervision for paraprofessional staff and functions of the dental office, performing instrument exchange in all areas of dentistry and assisting dentists in other clinic functions.
Receives general direction from a licensed dentist.
Leads Dental Assistants and/or other helpers.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Acts as a working supervisor of dental office in an agency or institution; performs instrument exchange procedures for operative dentistry (including general dentistry, pedodontics, prosthetics, orthodontics, peridontics and oral surgery); assists in oral surgery as required; ensures compliance with OSHA regulations on infection control; prepares sterile tray setups in all specialized areas; prepares dental restorative and prosthetic material; prepares, develops and mounts radiographs; records medical histories; prepares and performs routine laboratory procedures; schedules appointments; prepares a variety of requests for patient diagnostic testing; processes billing and/or insurance information; sterilizes dental instruments and materials; performs daily maintenance of major equipment; maintains equipment and supply inventories; illustrates proper preventive dental hygiene to patients; assures completeness and accuracy of dental medical records; prepares reports and correspondence; supervises group scheduling, counseling and in-service training; may assist in taking radiographs; may participate in dental health information program; may act as triage and/or receptionist for incoming patient and telephone calls; may send out reminder cards; may pour molds when necessary; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of dental assisting operative procedures; considerable understanding of dental terminology; interpersonal skills; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions; ability to keep records and prepare simple reports; ability to lead staff.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience in dental assistant work.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the level of Dental Assistant.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
Completion of a Dental Assisting Program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association may substitute for one (1) year of the General Experience.
1. Candidates must have successfully completed the Infection Control Examination (ICE) administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
2. Candidates must have successfully completed the Dental Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
Incumbents in this class may have exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and to some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive patients and may be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
(10)-HEALTH NONPROF (NP-6)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Lead Dental Assistant (35 Hour) in Salary Group HN 16 approved effective July 1, 2011. (Revised to modify Special Requirements)