Clinical Dental Assistant
POSITION:
DEPARTMENT:
REPORTS TO:
STATUS:
Clinical Dental Assistant
Dental Health Group
Director of Dental Health
Non-Exempt/Health Bargaining Unit
DATE WRITTEN: 11/19/2013
REVIEWED BY: GC
GRADE: 8
DATE APPROVED: 11/21/2013
POSITION OBJECTIVE:
Assist Dentists in providing quality and complete general dentistry to eligible children and adults according
to the guidelines of the Illinois Dental Practice Act.
DIMENSIONS:
Dental Exams: 21,000 (1999)
Dental Appointments: 75 – 150 (per day)
Off-Site Dental Clinics: 7
Health Fairs: 10 – 12 (annual)
Dental Services: 42,000+ (1999)
The above workload is currently divided among 4 Dental Assistants.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reviews patient’s chart regarding patient information. Obtains and updates health history from patient,
parent, or care provider, including medication (i.e. antibiotics, sedatives, asthmatic inhalers). Obtains
necessary consent forms and submits to dental office assistant.
Consults with patient’s physician office regarding medical problems in relations to future dental treatment.
Sets up operatory with treatment supplies and breaks down operatory according to OSHA guidelines (i.e.
scrubs, sorts, bags, and sterilizes all instruments prior to autoclaving).
Records appropriate data on patient record according to accepted dental clinic guidelines.
Provides dental procedure education to patients to promote compliance and understanding of dental
treatment. Responsible for maintenance, cleaning, and operation of dental equipment.
Responsible for intraoral radiographs:
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Adheres to safety protocols to minimize radiation exposure.
• Positions films in patients mouth.
• Exposes, develops, and mounts radiographs for dentist to review.
Assists the dentist in dental treatment:
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Ensures patient/doctor safety during injections and dental work.
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Observes patient for safe and effective local anesthetic.
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Utilizes suction, rinsing and mirror instruments.
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Mixes filling and dental materials for immediate use.
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Hands instruments to dentist, as requested.
Consults with patient and/or parent/guardian regarding oral hygiene, fee schedule, and follow up visits.
Provides coronal polishing and sealant services for patients according accepted dental care guidelines.
Instructs patients/parents/guardians regarding present and future treatment and dental medications
prescribed.
Responsible for inventory, which includes ordering and restocking of dental operatories.
Restocks the operatory room, as necessary.
Prepares for next day’s appointments by reading patient’s charts, checking for procedures needed, and
obtaining supplies.
Clinical Dental Assistant
Coordinates and supports off-site programs.
Performs front line customer service including answering phones, pulling charts, filing, billing and scheduling
patients, as needed.
Assumes responsibility for professional development and job-related competency.
If designated, may be responsible for maintaining a posted two-month schedule of all dentists and dental
assistants regarding vacations, days off, etc.
Assists Director of Dental in monitoring clinical program budget and notifies Director of Dental of quality
assurance concerns.
Complies with OSHA Blood Borne pathogens regulations as required by law. Assists Dental Director with
monitoring dental clinic’s compliance with OSHA standards.
Alerts the Clinic Dentists of any signs/observations of abuse, neglect and related incidents according to
Federal and State Guidelines.
All Peoria City/County Health Department employees have an emergency response role and may be
expected to respond to threats to the public's health; these may include, but are not limited to,
requirements to work longer shifts, nights or weekends, and to perform duties different than the daily
routine.
Collaborates in the development of and contributes to individual, team, and Departmental quality
improvement and evaluation activities.
Maintains confidential personal information, which must be safeguarded to prevent damage to client's
lives and reputations. Utilizes sound judgement and caution in communications with individuals inside and
outside the Department.
Attends in-service training and meetings as required by the Peoria County Health Department. May serve
on various committees as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS:
High School Diploma or equivalent.
One-year certificate in Dental Assisting or equivalent certified program.
Certified in dental sealant placement and coronal polishing according to the requirements of the Illinois
Dental Practice Act.
Must have 24 hours of continuing education every two years (must include CPR certification).
Must have good oral and written communication skills.
Must have a working knowledge of dental/medical terminology, pharmocology and office operations.
Must have basic knowledge of computers and dental office software.
Must be organized, have basic math skills and time management skills.
Must have a valid Illinois drivers license, proof of liability insurance, and access to reliable transportation.
Must participate in annual training on OSHA blood-borne pathogen compliance standards and any other
relative OSHA standards.
Clinical Dental Assistant
Must have ability to maintain confidentiality.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Worker is frequently exposed to noise (includes dental equipment noise), distractions and interruptions.
May be exposed to hostile, verbally abusive, and emotional clients.
Constantly exposed to blood borne pathogens during clinics.
Worker subject to conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists,
and gases.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Incumbent may be required to engage in the following movements while performing job duties: standing,
walking, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, grasping; some of which may be
repetitive.
Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move
objects. Ability to lift and move a small child.
Must have hearing and speaking ability sufficient enough to communicate with others in person and over
the telephone.
Must have visual ability sufficient to read and complete patient records, use hand held instruments to work
in confined spaces, and operate a motor vehicle.
Performs tasks requiring independent knowledge in addition to procedures or instructions provided.
Clinical Dental Assistant
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