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Dental Assistant II

Company: Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Location: Lubbock
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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 treatment.

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 handling.

Ability to work independently and to exercise judgment.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

NA Initial Selection Criteria:

  1. High School graduation or GED.

  2. Experience working as a dental assistant 1-2 years preferred.

Additional Information:

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.

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 hours.

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.

Keywords: Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Lubbock , Dental Assistant II, Other , Lubbock, Texas

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