Oral/maxillofacial surgery assistants are tasked with assisting a main surgeon in conducting oral surgeries. These assistants must be experienced with the equipment used in these procedures and how to prepare it, as well as identify the necessary tools, and they are also tasked with ensuring that they are sterilized and ready for surgery.
Oral/maxillofacial surgery assistants typically work full-time during regular business hours in a fast-paced environment, and they work primarily with surgeons in sterile operating rooms, as well as with other surgical assistants and surgeons. Typical clients include patients who need oral reconstruction or even basic teeth cleaning.
This position requires dental assistant certification, X-ray certification, EFDA certification, and at least one year of assistant surgical experience. Both mental and physical stamina are important in this position, and these assistants work for a range of health care companies while some use their experience to eventually become surgeons.
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant Tasks
Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or removing sutures.
Explain treatment procedures, medications, and physicians' instructions to patients.
Record patients' medical history, vital statistics and information such as test results in medical records.
Interview, measure and record medical information and vital signs.
Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.