Dental Assistant

Grants, New Mexico   |     Regular Part Time    |     Job ID:15511


Wexford Health

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SCHEDULE:  Part-Time 

FACILITY: Western NM CF South


Wexford Health Sources, Inc. is a member of the Wexford family: a group of the nation’s leading innovative correctional health care companies.  At Wexford Health Sources, Inc., 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.


  • Under direct clinical supervision of the Dentist, a Dental Assistant performs non-professional work assisting the Dentist during examination and treatment of patients and in the routine handling of instruments and supplies
  • Maintains supplies, materials and records of treatment.
  • Sets up instruments, equipment and supplies as directed by the Dentist.
  • Prepares the patient for treatment and helps patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment.
  • Ensures proper clean up, packaging and sterilizing of instruments.
  • Assist in instruction of patients in proper dental hygiene, and screenings for dental emergencies and sick call
  • Provides chair-side assistance by keeping operating field clear, passing instruments and suctioning.
  • Performs administrative responsibilities including maintaining dental charts; recording dental findings; scheduling patients’ dental appointments; preparing patient’s schedule for escort officer; maintaining all dental logs; and inputting information into the appropriate computer record.
  • Scrubs all drains; cleans examination lights, dental unit, x-ray unit film processor; changes wet tank chemicals on a monthly basis.  Submits a sanitation report to the HSA.
  • Responsible for dental office security to include instrument, drug and needle counts.  Maintains constant alertness to conditions that might endanger the security of the institution, personnel and inmates.


Minimum Requirements:

The following requirements list the minimum to qualify.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.



  • Expanded Functions OR Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Certification
  • Dental Radiology Certification (if not included in above certification)
  • Current CPR Certification

EDUCATION: High School graduate or GED certificate

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Experience working in a dental setting and/or correctional health care preferred.




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