Dental Assistant

Canton, Illinois   |     As Needed    |     Job ID:15524


Wexford Health

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POSITION:  Dental Assistant – PRN


FACILITY: Illinois River Correctional Center



Under the direct supervision of the Wexford Health Dentist, performs non-professional work assisting the Dentist during examination and treatment of patients and in the routine handling of instruments, and supplies.


  1. Maintains supplies, materials and records of treatment.
  2. Sets up instruments, equipment and supplies as directed by the dentist or dental hygienist.
  3. Assist the dentist, as directed, in providing dental care to residents.
  4. Prepares the patient for treatment.
  5. Ensures proper clean up, packaging and sterilizing of instruments.
  6. Assists in instruction of patients in proper dental hygiene.
  7. Accurately records services in the patient’s medical record, as directed by the dentist
  8. Receives instructions from the dental hygienist (if available) and provides assistance when requested.
  9. Assists in screenings for dental emergencies and sick call.
  10. Provides chair-side assistance by keeping operating field clear, passing instruments and suctioning.
  11. Scrubs and sterilizes instruments.
  12. Mixes restorative materials.
  13. Assists in taking intra-oral x-rays in accordance with proper radiological hygiene.
  14. Develops and mounts x-ray films.
  15. Performs intra-oral tasks as defined by law.
  16. Maintains x-ray unit, processor, autoclave and dental unit according to specifications.
  17. Inventories supplies and equipment to maintain adequate levels.
  18. Conforms to Wexford Health Sources, Inc., 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 sick leave/vacation time/education seminars

Administrative responsibilities:

  • Maintains dental charts.
  • Records dental findings
  • Schedules patients for dental appointments.
  • Prepares patient’s schedule for escort officer.

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


Dental clinic setting within the 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.

Minimum Requirements:

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

TRAVEL: Minimal travel required.

LICENSING: None required

CERTIFICATION: Preferably registered or certified by professional association. CPR certification required.

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

EDUCATION: High School Graduate or GED certificate.





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