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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4115 - Dental Assistant

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
GRADE: 107

POSITION SUMMARY
Under immediate supervision performs work of routine difficulty providing assistance to the dentist; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class performs a variety of patient care and general office duties. Work involves assisting the dentist in all phases of dental treatment. Immediate supervision is received from the acting dentist as well as the Health Services Administrator.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Schedules inmates requesting dental services
• Prepares a daily patient schedule
• Screens patients to determine dental hygiene needs or care
• Provides dental health education and oral hygiene instruction
• Performs dental radiological examinations and develops films
• Maintains the overall cleanliness of the dental area
• Monitors infection control issues in the dental area
• Sterilizes dental instruments and equipment according to OSHA guidelines and follows necessary safety procedures
• Monitors and orders all dental supplies
• Maintains dental files and records
• Completes and documents instrument and controlled item counts according to departmental policies
• Completes and documents autoclave spore checks according to departmental policies
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Dental assistant practices and procedures
• Health care sanitation, infection control and oral hygiene
• Office practices and procedures
• SOAP charting format to document dental exam findings, recommendations, treatments and inmate education in health records
• OSHA guidelines for sterilization of dental instruments and equipment
• Dental laboratory equipment and tools.
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Scheduling appointments
• Maintaining patient records
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Completion of an accredited dental assistant program and one year of experience as a Dental Assistant or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
None.