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Wexford Health’s dental services include diagnosis of existing oral conditions, pain relief, infection elimination, dental health education and restorative procedures.

Dentist Job

Job Number: 75508584416

Location: Arcadia, FL

Date Posted: 2-1-2017

Wexford Health Sources, one of the nation's leading innovative correctional health care companies, provides clients with experienced management and technologically advanced services, combined with programs that control costs while ensuring quality.  For nearly two decades, Wexford Health has consistently delivered proven staffing expertise and a full range of medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, utilization management, provider contracting, claims processing, and quality management services.

At Wexford Health our philosophy is that health care should not be considered a luxury for anyone.  We simply care for those in need and the corrections environment is our venue.

Wexford Health has an exceptional opportunity for a Dentist to join our team of healthcare professionals at the Desoto Correctional Institution in Arcadia, FL.

We’re proud to offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Annual review with performance increase
  • Generous paid-time off program that combines vacation and sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Comprehensive health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement saving plans
  • Company-paid short-term disability
  • Healthcare and dependent care spending account


Under the supervision of the Regional Dental Director, a Dentist licensed in the state of Florida, responsible and accountable for supervising the dental staff and managing the dental activity as well as for providing oral health care to patients such as fillings, extractions, dentures, root canals, etc.


  1. Provides overall supervision of the dental departmentincluding hiring, coaching, counseling, administering discipline and termination of subordinate staff as needed.
  2. Provides preventative and restorative treatment to all inmates.
  3. Performs and interprets radiographic examinations as indicated.
  4. Performs all generaldentistryservicesincluding, butnot limited to restorative, surgical, periodontal, endodontic and prosthodontic services as described by Florida Health Service Bulletins.
  5. Supervise staff in:  cleaning of teeth, making impressions for prosthetic devices, planning and maintaining an oral hygiene program, completing appropriate records accurately and all procedures associated with the provision of dental care.
  6. Arrange proper referral for procedures that cannot be performed on-site at facility.
  7. Provides supervision of staff in instruction of offenders in preventative practices for maintaining proper oral hygiene.
  8. Submit monthly report of Dental Department activities.
  9. Participate in staff development programs.
  10. Develop and update departmental policies and procedures.
  11. Supervise and evaluate all assigned dental staff.
  12. Forward all outside referrals of offenders to the Regional Dental Director to assure the necessity for such referrals.
  13. Serves as clinical authority on all matters related to the delivery of dental services, and provides direction, guidance, and oversight to the dental staff and programs. 
  14. Determines the timeframes for non-emergent and elective treatments according to priority and availability. 
  15. Determines the appropriateness of non-routine treatment and ensure that such treatment will not interfere with the provision of greater priority services.
  16. Examines patients and documents findings on standard forms, utilizing applicable dental classification systems (i.e., APHA).
  17. Provides or arranges for appropriate preventative restorative dental care as needed within the administrative guidelines to all inmates.
  18. Provides or arranges for appropriate care for emergency patients as soon as possible.
  19. Ensures continuity of care.
  20. Supplies data for clinic reports as requested.
  21. Keeps dental licenses up-to-date, and ensure current copy is on file in the Health Care Unit.
  22. Must be CPR certified and skilled in recognizing the symptoms of shock and fainting, and must be prepared to provide necessary aid as directed during emergency procedures.
  23. Responsible for dental office security to include instrument, medicine and needle counts.
  24. Responsible to ensure appropriate and quality orientation for all newly hired dental staff.
  25. Notifies the Wexford Health Staffing Department of vacant or upcoming vacant positions in a timely manner and actively assists the Staffing Department in the filling of vacant positions.
  26. Is familiar with overtime and commodities budgets and works to remain within budget.
  27. Notifies Regional Manager of staffing vacancies.
  28. Obtains approval of Wexford Health andFDOC administration prior to exceeding staffing hours.
  29. Strives to ensure 100% compliance of staffing hours.
  30. Complies with and enforces Wexford Health/Facility Policy and procedures and ensures subordinate compliance.
  31. Member of the Quality Assurance Committee.
  32. Receives direction from FDOC personnel as appropriate, including but not limited to Wardens, Assistant Wardens and HealthServices Administrators.
  33. Maintains the confidentiality of inmaterecords.
  34. Approaches change in a positive manner.
  35. Accepts constructive criticism in stressful situations.Makes suggestions for improving work conditions to the Medical Director, Health Services  Administrator and Regional Manager.
  36. Conforms to Wexford Health Sources and facility regulations as appropriate, to include, but not be limited to:
  • Dress Code
  • Schedule/time sheet/time clock
  • Safety and security regulations
  • Procedure for PTO and education seminars

The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as required.


Standard dental setting in a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmates, correctional staff, and health care personnel.  Temperature extremes may be encountered while moving throughout the facility outdoors and indoors in buildings without air conditioning.


TRAVEL: Minimal travel required.


  • Current Florida Dental license
  • Current DEA license

Certification: Current CPR certification

Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) degree

Preferred experience:

  • Minimum one (1) year practicing dentistry
  • Skilled in recognizing the symptoms of shock and fainting; must be prepared to provide necessary aid as directed during procedures. 
  • Correctional Experience Preferred. 
  • Supervisory Experience preferred.


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