Dental Assistant Duties
This is non-professional work in assisting a staff dentist in
the performance of general dentistry.
Work involves assisting a dentist engaged in performing general
dentistry practices such as diagnostic, operative, preventive,
and other dental procedures during examination and treatment of
patients. Work is performed under the supervision of a staff
dentist, but routine duties are conducted without detailed
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assists and prepares patients for examinations or treatments by
greeting them in the waiting room, seating them in operatory,
putting bib on them, and adjusting treatment/exam chair.
Insures that the proper dental record is in place for dentist
preparation and review.
Assists dentist with air, water and instruments at the
Assists dentist engaged in diagnostic, operative, surgical,
periodontal, preventive, orthodontic, removable and fixed
prosthodontic, endodontic, and related procedures during
examination and treatment of patients.
Clears instruments and materials from treatment/exam station
after procedures have been performed and prepares them for
Wipes down the operatory counters, treatment/exam chair, air
water systems and hand pieces with disinfectant solutions by
Sets up operatory with proper barrier protectors and instruments
for the next patient.
Packages and sterilizes instruments by the prescribed
regulations in the autoclave or dryclave.
Prepares radiograph room for film taking and prepares patients
Maintains inventory control and performs light housekeeping
duties in office maintenance.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school and completion of
approved training course in dental assisting; or any equivalent
combination of training and experience.
Certification in Radiation Hygiene for Dental Assistants,
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of
general dentistry as applied to assisting a dentist in the
treatment and care of patients.
Knowledge of the types of instruments and materials used in the
practice of general dentistry.
Ability to follow oral and written directions of a professional
person in exact detail.
Ability to deal with patients with empathy and respect.
Skill in application of required non-professional general
dentistry assisting techniques