Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 6390


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Salary Range 14 $2464 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540


The DENTAL ASSISTANT 1, under the supervision of a licensed dentist, provides chairside assistance to dentists, dental students, dental hygienists, or dental technicians. Some employees in this class also perform duties such as appointment scheduling, billing, and maintaining patient records.


This is the first level of a three-level series. The absence of responsibility to take and process x-rays and/or perform expanded function duties (dental or orthodontic) as defined and licensed by the Oregon Board of Dentistry distinguishes this class from the higher levels.


The duties listed below are not inclusive but characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this class. Individual positions may perform all or some combination of the duties listed below as well as other related duties.

1. Dental Assisting. Under the supervision of a dentist, provides chairside dental support to dentists, dental students, dental hygienists, or dental technicians. Prepares work station, instruments, and materials, and escorts patient to the work station. Retracts patient's cheek, tongue, or other parts of tissues during a dental operation. Assists with the placement or removal of a rubber dam and accessories as directed by the dentist. Uses vacuum devices, compressed air, mouthwashes, and water to remove debris accumulated during operative processes. Prepares amalgams and adhesives and applies topical fluoride. Sterilizes and wraps instruments and cleans work station between patients.
2. Clerical Functions. Schedules and confirms patient appointments and recalls. Prepares daily schedules and pulls patient charts, checking for communicable diseases and advising dentist as necessary. Under dentist's supervision, records examination findings or treatment procedures on patient charts. Processes dental insurance forms, assists with patient billing and account collection, and prepares patient and office production statistics.


Employees in this class have daily in-person and telephone contact with patients to provide information and schedule appointments and when performing as a part of the oral health care team. They have daily in person contact with dentists, dental students, dental hygienists, and dental technicians to assist with treatment of patients or discuss cases. Some employees in this class have regular in-person contact with school faculty or medical staff during patient treatment or in private to discuss patient needs or program issues.


Employees in this class are authorized by the Oregon Board of Dentistry to render dental assistance under the supervision of a dentist. When performing technical duties, employees in this class work under the direct supervision of a dentist and receive immediate feedback and instruction. Nontechnical or administrative duties are performed under general supervision of a dentist with some independence as experience or higher qualifications are gained. Dentists review the assistant's work through direct observation, patient feedback, chart notes, and formal or informal meetings. Work is evaluated for thoroughness and compliance with professional standards, such as those of the American Dental Assistants Association.


Positions in this class are primarily found in hospitals, clinics, or other health care facilities, including those located in state institutions for the mentally ill and prisons. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose. Some positions require standing for extended periods, moderate to heavy lifting and the willingness to work overtime, on-call, and/or rotating schedules.


Six months experience as an assistant in a dental office involving technical duties; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.