Dental Assistant (#RH3100)
$19.60-$23.82 Hourly / $3,396.57-$4,128.55 Monthly / $40,758.86-$49,542.65 Yearly


Under general supervision, provides chair side assistance to dentists and dental students in the San Joaquin General Hospital Dental Clinic; performs general clerical work of average difficulty; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class works directly for dentists and dental students, performing a variety of dental procedures and related clerical work, which require knowledge of dental equipment, materials, procedures, and terminology.


  • Performs clerical activities related to dental clinic operation; files and sorts records, charts, and other materials; keeps records of time worked by clinic staff and dentists; receives, opens, sorts and distributes mail; takes inventories and maintains supplies by requisitioning needed articles.
  • Performs receptionist duties for clinic office; answers phones; takes and transmits messages; schedules and adjusts appointments; maintains records or appointments.
  • Maintains records of treatment provided to patients; prepares patient charge forms; prepares insurance forms; fills in patient data, treatment information and charges.
  • Prepares operations; lays out instruments and supplies and sets up sterile trays; checks and maintains equipment for proper functioning; sharpens instruments.
  • Prepares patients for treatment and examination; answers routine questions related to impending procedures or preventive dentistry techniques.
  • Takes and develops full series or partial x-rays.
  • Assists dentists in examination and treatment.
  • Maintains cleanliness and sanitation of equipment and working areas; sterilizes instruments; disposes of needles and blades carefully.
  • May act as a lead worker over other clinic personnel.


Education: Completion of an approved dental assistant training program.

Licenses and Certificates: Must be certified, prior to appointment, by the State of California Board of Dental Examiners, to take dental x-rays.

Substitution: One year of experience s a dental assistant may be substituted for the approved training program.


Basic dental equipment, materials, procedures, and terminology; procedures for taking and developing x-rays; principles and methods of preventive dentistry; basic record keeping practices and procedures; general office procedures, equipment and machines.


Deal effectively with patient needs, questions, and expectations; react quickly and calmly in stressful situations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH3100; EST: 6/13/1979;