The Dental Surgical Assistant will include assisting in routine and advanced oral surgery procedures as directed by the oral surgeon. Additional duties include and are not limited to, patient preparation and positioning; clinical area preparation; oral surgery assisting, the use, maintenance, distribution of surgical equipment, instruments and supplies, and the collection and maintenance of patient data and records.
Assist oral maxillofacial surgeon and/or dental student in provision of dental care to patients.
Appropriate setup of for surgical procedures.
Assisting with patient monitoring during surgeries.
Monitoring patients under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Properly assist the oral surgeon during medical emergencies with the proper training to start IV's.
Discuss post-operative instructions with the patient and be able to answer patient questions.
Discuss post-operative complications with the patients and relay information to the oral surgeon.
Adhere to infection control guidelines when preparing for, during, and upon completion of each dental treatment; disinfect and clean dental treatment rooms and contaminated trays; disinfect and sterilize instruments, equipment, and surgical handpieces; handle and dispose of sharps and hazardous materials according to established University, State, and federal OSHA standards.
Expose diagnostic dental radiographs utilizing either standard or digital radiology equipment.
Maintain dental supply and material levels within the oral maxillofacial surgery clinic; assist in the inventory process and notify appropriate individual when supplies are needed; receive, store, and distribute supplies and materials.
Maintain surgical equipment; report problems or major malfunctions to the dental equipment technician(s) and the Office of Clinical Services.
Prepare instruments used in the surgery clinic to be transported and sterilized in sterilization.
Distribute and collect both clean and dirty instruments to and from the dental clinics.
Check instruments and equipment out to students and again upon return using the university instrument tracking system.
Assist in inventory of equipment, instruments and supplies used in the oral maxillofacial surgery clinic.
Assist in registration of new patients and management of data in the clinic management system.
Perform data entry as required for proper maintenance of patient records and supply and materials inventory.
Strictly adhere to HIPAA standards in the protection of patient personal information.
Other duties as assigned.
Graduation from a CODA accredited dental assistant training program and approximately one year of work experience as a dental assistant in private practice or educational environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Completion of training with certification as an oral and maxillofacial surgery assistant.
Meets the requirements of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing for exposing radiographs.
Ability to lift and carry objects up to 25 pounds.
Ability to bend, stoop, reach, stand, move from one area of the building to another on a regular basis, sit and use a computer for a long period of time.
Manual and physical dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and handle paper documents
Manual and physical dexterity to handle and pass dental instruments used in the provision of dental care.
Sufficient near vision acuity to read information appearing on a computer display screen, in handwritten form, and printed on paper.
Sufficient near vision acuity to identify and distinguish between dental instruments and to pass/exchange instruments between providers.
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