AESES - Dental Assistant 2

Dental Assistant 2
Revision Date: August 2005

Classification: Dental Assistant 2
Unit: AESES
Hay Point Range: 181 – 221

CHARACTER OF THE JOB

Dental Assistant 2s provide chairside assistance to dental students and professors, including organizing the daily routines of a specialized area, following established policies. Provision of reception and/or clerical record­-keeping duties are a requirement of this level. Employees at this level are expected to perform intra-oral procedures under general super­vision.

The work of these positions is governed by standard practice and well-defined guidelines and involve assisting in the introductory training of new employees hired to positions of the same and lower levels. Employees at this level normally work under general supervision. Supervision of other employees may be required at this level.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performs any duties performed by Dental Assistant 1s as required to support the activities of the clinic.
  • Performs the following intra-oral procedures in assistance of students and professional staff: putting in rubber dams, taking and developing x-rays, removing sutures, applying topical anes­thetic and desensitizing teeth.
  • Provides chairside assistance to students and professional staff in spe­cialty and off-campus clinics, including assisting in surgical procedures and working with medically and physically challenged patients.
  • Supervises the activities of the Main Clinic Dispensary, Central Sterilization and specialty clinics, including ordering and maintaining supplies and supervising the work of other staff working in those areas.
  • Participates in interviewing and undertakes training of new staff.
  • Participates in preparation, presentation and demonstration of the operation and maintenance of dental units, infection control policy and procedures and care and handling of supplies to new students.
  • Takes photographs and cephalometric radiographs as required.
  • Sets up and assists with intravenous sedation sessions.
  • Following established procedures, performs administrative duties arising from needle stick injuries.
  • Provides reception duties as required, including scheduling appointments, preparing pre-authorization forms and estimates, creating or obtaining and completing patient charts and records, completing requisitions and answering patient inquiries.
  • Maintains records of fees charged using the MDA or DVA guide. Prepares dental claim forms and follows up on outstanding accounts.
  • Provides daily and monthly report of clinic activities.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

Successful completion of a recognized Phase II Dental Assisting/ Chair­side course, including the advanced module.

Experience

  • One year of related experience in a dental office.
  • Experience with dental billing.
  • Some positions require successful experience work­ing with patients with economic, phys­ical and men­tal disabili­ties.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work well with students, staff and the general public.
  • Ability to direct the work of others.
  • Some positions require a current Manitoba driver = s license or the ability to travel outside the city of Winnipeg for extended periods.

Physical Requirements

  • Physically capable of performing the duties as assigned, which include working in awkward positions and sitting and standing for periods of up to three hours.

Other Job-Related Qualifications

  • Satisfactory work record, including attendance and punctuality.
  • Current CPR course.
  • Formal WHMIS training preferred.
  • Fluency in an Aboriginal language is an asset for some posi­tions.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.