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DENTAL ASSISTING JOB DESCRIPTION

Extracted from the Career Development Resources Website:
http://www.cdr.state.tx.us/emerging/candidates.htm)

 
DENTAL ASSISTANT - Evolving Occupation
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Dental Assistant 31-9091
OES Dental Assistant 66002
Dental assistants prepare patients, sterilize instruments, set up instrument trays, and prepare the materials used in dental procedures. During the procedure, they keep the patient's mouth free of debris; hand the dentist the appropriate instruments; take impressions; and take x-rays. New technologies, such as using lasers to dry fillings, are impacting "chairside" job duties. Dental assistants in small offices, also maintain patient records in information management systems specific to dentistry. They may also have specialized skills depending upon the type of dentist office they work in (e.g. endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, or periodontics). [Source: Barbara Swanson. Careers in Health Care. (Lincolnwood, IL: VGM Career Horizons, 1997.)]
TASKS - 1) Prepares patient, sterilizes and disinfects instruments, sets up instrument trays, prepares materials, and assists dentist during dental procedures. 2) Takes and records medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients. 3) Records treatment information in patient records. 4) Assists dentist in management of medical and dental emergencies. 5) Exposes dental diagnostic x-rays. 6) Applies protective coating of fluoride to teeth. 7) Provides postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
WORKPLACE COMPETENCIES - Dental assistants should be friendly and polite, and able to work well under pressure. They should be quick and efficient and good at listening to others. They should also be concerned for people and able to stay calm in emergencies.
The following lists the KSA's for Dental Assistant 31-9091.00
KNOWLEDGE
Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures
SKILLS
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
ABILITIES
Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep the hand and arm steady while making an arm movement or while holding the arm and hand in one position
Near Vision - The ability to see details of objects at a close range (within a few feet of the observer)
Oral Comprehension The ability to understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly make precise adjustments in moving the controls of a machine or vehicle to exact positions
EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS - While moderate term, on-the-job training is the minimum requirement, these occupations usually require training in a vocational program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. CIP - 51.0601
WAGE ESTIMATES - Based on the Texas 2000 Occupational Employment Statistics for a Dental Assistant, the Annual Wage was $23,460 and the Median Wage was $10.51 per hour. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission/Labor Market Information Department)
OUTLOOK - In 1998 there were 15,100 Dental Assistants employed in Texas. The projected growth rate is 34.8%. The number of openings through 2008 is projected to be 755 (growth - 525, replacement - 230) per year. (Source: TWC/LMI)
INDUSTRY - Health Services

 

 

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