Dental Assistant II
Dental Assistant II performs the duties of a dental assistant
according to the standards of the Texas State Board of Dental
Examiners. Maintains all equipment within the clinic in proper
working order. Work involves assisting dental staff, assisting in
taking and developing x-rays, and maintaining the cleanliness and
orderliness of a clinic. May train others. Spanish, other foreign
language or sign language a plus. Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a
specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule,
extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave
policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Works under limited supervision with moderate latitude for the
use of initiative and independent judgment.
Perform daily, weekly and monthly routines as outlined in Dental
Policy and Procedure. Coordinate care with other departments and
the dental staff. Maintain cleanliness of the dental clinic.
Prepare treatment area. Assemble instruments and materials. Assist
in positioning patients properly in the dental chair. Assist the
dental staff with instrumentation, medication and management of
patients during treatment. May place or remove temporary
restorations; temporary separating devices, crowns, bands and
retaining devices; rubber dams, and temporary fillings during
May perform reversible procedures as allowed by regulations.
Remove sutures, socket dressings, periodontal packs and apply
topical dressings. Digitally manipulate x-rays. Take impressions.
Pour and trim models. Make baseplates and rims. Instruct the
individual, staff or guardian on patient treatment, postoperative
care, oral hygiene or medication, as appropriate. Maintain proper
documentation in the individual's record, both paper and
electronic. Clean treatment area after treatment. Clean and
sterilize instruments as appropriate. Dispose of biohazard waste
appropriately. Maintain dental supply inventory. Maintain x-ray and
dental equipment according to schedule. Maintain correct entry of
dental procedure codes in Dentrix. Maintain charts, appointment
record, consults and consents for treatment. Organize electronic
charts and documents.
Provide treatment of HHS employees injured in the course and
scope of employment.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively
participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the
agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or
Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may
require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Senior-level dental assistant skills. Advanced computer skills.
Excellent organizational skills. Skill in the maintenance, use and
purpose of dental equipment. Ability to prepare treatment area,
setup instruments and materials, and assist the dental staff as
appropriate. Ability to instruct individual, staff, or guardian in
patient treatment, postoperative care, oral hygiene or medications,
as appropriate. Ability to assist in positioning the individual as
specified in individual's record. Expose, develop and mount x-rays.
Have knowledge of OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Precautions, rules and
regulations related to body fluids and Biomedical Waste
Ability to work independently and to exercise judgment.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
NA Initial Selection Criteria:
High School graduation or GED.
- Experience working as a dental assistant 1-2 years
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary
guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check,
pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the
Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide,
Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of
Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25
must be registered with the Selective Service.
All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to
Random drug testing.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The
position may be required to work overtime and/or extended
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered
for employment at a state-operated facility.
Requisition ID 482352 MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection
criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this
position may include, but not limited to: 68E, HM, 890, 4Y0X1. All
active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are
encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more
information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the
hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a
disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line
application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at
1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need
accommodation to participate in the interview process, please
notify the person scheduling the interview.