Minimum Qualifications This title is non-competitive. No examination is necessary. However, you must still meet the Minimum Qualifications of the position.
Candidates must have a High School diploma; AND either one year of experience in dental assisting or graduation from an accredited program in dental assisting.
Duties Description Perform dental supportive services under a licensed dentist's direct supervision. Note treatments to be performed during appointment and prepare work area by laying out dental instruments, materials, and equipment in proper array. Prepare the patient for treatment by seating patient, obtaining records, and applying protective garb. During the performance of treatment services by the dentist, assist the dentist directly chair-side with the anticipation of procedural needs, including the preparation and passing of appropriate instruments and materials. As required by the progress of events in treatment and as instructed by the dentist, personally perform retractions of the patient's tongue and cheek, and manipulate syringes, irrigation and suction equipment to keep the patient's mouth free of saliva and blood. Continually observe patient's general condition during treatment, including oral surgery, to detect evidence of distress or shock and reports observations to dentist. Take dental x-rays in accordance with Public Health Law. Perform solely mechanical work upon inert matter in a dental office, such as trimming or mounting impressions taken by the dentist. Perform office support and clerical work to meet the requirements of the dental facility. Schedule, post and track appointments, clinic dates and times, and treatments using appropriate computer software. Post and file records, such as records of appointments and clinical records of patients conditions and treatments administered, in accordance with requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Answer questions from and provide information to various parties regarding facility activities and procedures. Prepare or assist others in the preparation of routine dental reports. Perform light housekeeping tasks following current infection control and OSHA guidelines. Decontaminate, scrub, package, and sterilize all instruments*. Inventory packages and cartons of dental supplies and materials and reorder supplies as directed by the dentist to maintain sufficient inventory for facility operations. Dispose of used materials and supplies in accordance with medical-waste disposal regulations and protocols, and processes contaminated non-disposable items as directed by the dentist. Clean, dust, and polish fixtures, furniture, and equipment in the dental facility.
*Incumbents of positions that perform sterilization duties may be required to possess current certification by a nationally accredited central sterile technician credentialing organization as a Certified Registered Central Service Technician, or a substantially equivalent credential.
Additional Comments Starting Salary of $38,073 for the SG-8 and Geographical Pay of $4,000. Add 75 cents per hour hazard duty pay per hour worked paid quarterly. $575 Inconvenience Pay is additional compensation paid to an employee who is required to work four or more hours between 6 PM and 6 AM in a regular tour of duty.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Notes on ApplyingA complete Background investigation, including a criminal background check.
All individuals appointed to Dental Assistant positions will be required to satisfactorily complete a probationary period of 52 weeks, which begins at the time of permanent appointment. During probation, appointees will complete a training and development program that includes on the job training and carefully designed and monitored work experience.
All Mohawk DOCCS employees receive a generous benefits package including:
13 paid vacation days the first year of employment
5 paid personal days and 13 paid holidays each year
Paid sick and cancer screening leave
Family dental and vision benefits at no additional cost
NYS Employees Retirement System Membership
NYS Deferred Compensation
Access to NY 529 and NY ABLE College Savings Programs, as well as U.S. Savings Bonds
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)