In a state dental clinic this class is accountable for performing instrument exchange in all areas of dentistry and assisting dentists in other clinic functions.
Works under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.
May lead helpers as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs instrument exchange procedures for operative dentistry (including general dentistry, pedodontics, prosthetics, orthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery); prepares dental restorative and prosthetic materials; assists in oral surgery as required; ensures compliance with OSHA regulations on infection control; prepares, develops and mounts radiographs; records medical histories; prepares and performs daily maintenance of major equipment; maintains equipment and supply inventories; schedules appointments; prepares a variety of requests for individual diagnostic testing; processes billing and/or insurance information; illustrates proper preventive dental hygiene to individuals; assures completeness and accuracy of dental medical records; prepares reports and correspondence; may send out reminder cards; may participate in dental health information program; may assist in taking radiographs; may pour molds when necessary; may act as triage and/or receptionist for incoming individual telephone calls; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of dental assisting operative procedures; interpersonal skills; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of experience in dental assistant work.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
Completion of a Dental Assisting Program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association may be substituted for 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 be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions, communicable and/or infectious diseases and some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive individuals.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Dental Assistant (35 Hour) in Salary Group HN 14 approved effective January 1, 2018. (Revised to update language) Action No. 19-018