Dental Assistant at Southwestern IL CC

East. St. Louis, Illinois   |     Regular Full Time    |     Job ID:17404


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POSITION:       Dental Assistant
SCHEDULE:    Full-Time, 6a-4p, off Fri./Sat./Sun.
FACILITY:        Southwestern IL Correctional Center
LOCATION:     East St. Louis, IL

Wexford Health offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Annual Increase 
  • 40 Paid Days Off per year 
  • BlueCross BlueShield Medical insurance 
  • Dental and Vision insurance 
  • 401(k) plan with 50% match 
  • Company-paid short-term disability 
  • Healthcare and dependent care spending account 

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.  Utilizes electronic medical record system as applicable throughout the scope of duties and responsibilities.

  • Maintains supplies, materials and records of treatment.
  • Sets up instruments, equipment and supplies as directed by the dentist or dental hygienist.
  • Assist the dentist, as directed, in providing dental care to residents.
  • Prepares the patient for treatment.
  • Ensures proper clean up, packaging and sterilizing of instruments.
  • Assists in instruction of patients in proper dental hygiene.
  • Accurately records services in the patient’s medical record, as directed by the dentist
  • Receives instructions from the dental hygienist (if available) and provides assistance when requested.
  • Assists in screenings for dental emergencies and sick call.
  • Provides chair-side assistance by keeping operating field clear, passing instruments and suctioning.
  • Scrubs and sterilizes instruments.
  • Mixes restorative materials.
  • Assists in taking intra-oral x-rays in accordance with proper radiological hygiene.
  • Develops and mounts x-ray films.
  • Performs intra-oral tasks as defined by law.
  • Maintains x-ray unit, processor, autoclave and dental unit according to specifications.
  • Inventories supplies and equipment to maintain adequate levels.
  • Orders supplies and equipment as needed.
  • Ensures there is sufficient number of trays set up for the day’s patients, pulpotomy, caries control, amalgam and Perio/scaling.
  • Maintains cleanliness and sanitation of dental clinic.
  • Upon receiving the necessary training and/or instruction, perform other duties as required or assigned.

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

LICENSING: Experience working in a dental setting and/or correctional health care.
Prior experience with use of electronic medical record system.


  • Preferably registered or certified by professional association
  • Current CPR Certification—Accepted: 
    • American Red Cross  
    • American Heart Association 
    • American Safety and Health Institute 

EDUCATION: High School Graduate or GED certificate.



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