Certified oral surgery assistants begin work by greeting patients in the reception area and escorting them to the treatment area. Front-desk duties are necessary in this position, such as signing-in patients, answering the telephone, and making appointments, followed by taking patients' health histories and dental x-rays.
These assistants are present during procedures to hand tools to dentists and operate various machinery. Patients should be monitored for any changes while the dentist administers general anesthesia and to ensure they are comfortable. Procedures must always be documented and charted by the assistant, who also cleans and sterilizes instruments and the room itself after a procedure is done. After procedures, these assistants are often tasked with providing dental education and emphasis on a continued treatment plan, and they may also carry out inventory and communicate with suppliers to order supplies.
Strong communication and customer service skills and close attention to detail are important in this position, and certified oral surgery assistants must always adhere to state and federal laws such as OSHA and general safety standards. Certification is required, and can be obtained from schooling and internships and completing an examination. Some jobs require that the dental assistant is certified in supplying nitrous oxide and general anesthesia, as well.
Certified Oral Surgery Assistant Tasks
Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital.
Sterilize instruments and equipment.
Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
Document treatment by charting in patient records.
Maintain patient's vital statistics and intravenous fluids during surgery.