The Oral Surgical Assistant receiving patients, views charts and begins patient preparation. Often the assistant will make notes about performed procedures, progress, recommendations and other subjects in the patient's charts. Surgical assistants must ensure that surgical tools are properly cleaned and sterilized before procedures begin. Working with x-rays is common, as is processing items such as removable dental appliances and casts or impressions. Surgical assistants do not perform any actual surgery upon patients, but they may be responsible for tasks such as checking vital signs or maintaining IV fluid flows during procedures.
2 years of Oral Surgical Assistant experience
Some prosthodontic experience
Certified as a Dental Assistant by the A.D.A. or as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant by the D.A.N.B.