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Dental Assistant- Surgical

Position Summary:

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.


Setting up and preparing the surgery before the start of each session
Clean and disinfect all equipment and working surfaces to the required standards at the end of each session
Keep the clinical areas and all equipment and instruments clean, tidy and sterile as appropriate according to the practice’s health and safety and infection control procedures and manufacturers' instructions
Use all equipment and machinery in accordance with manufacturers' recommendations and ensure that they are maintained regularly and in good working order
Provide chairside assistance, ensuring that the correct equipment is available
Always ensure the care and welfare of patients in a friendly, helpful and courteous manner
Accurately complete patient clinical records as directed
Observe patient confidentiality at all times
Perform chaperoning duties for dentists, hygienists/therapists when treating patients
Handle all substances in accordance with Health and Safety policies
Be familiar and comply with all Health and Safety rules and guidance infection control, and ensure safe disposal of sharps and clinical waste
Complete laboratory request forms, keep records of work sent, received and fitted
Ensure adequate stocks of materials and other items within the surgery
Ensure computer/written records are accurately maintained and securely stored
Liaise with reception to ensure smooth patient communications and transfer of records
Other duties as necessary for the efficient operation of the practice, including the duties and tasks of receptionist as required
Attend and participate in practice meetings
Undergo training as may be required to develop your skills and abilities
Attend refresher and update training for medical emergencies and CPR
Act in accordance with the practice rules and code of conduct
Assist in keeping clean the surfaces, sinks, floors of the surgeries and common areas of the practice reception, office, and staff room
Needs to anticipate the Doctor in being one step ahead of him/her knowing what he/she will need so the surgery runs smoothly
In an emergency situation react quickly to change/assemble equipment such as full face mask, laryngoscope, endotracheal tubes, etc.
Knowledge of all emergency algorithms, medications and equipment
Able to take x-rays:  panorex and periapicals
Have x-ray license.

Work Environment:

Dental assistants work in a well-lighted, clean environment
Work area is usually near the dental chair to allow for arranging instruments, materials, and medication and handing them to the dentist when needed
Dental assistants must wear gloves, masks, eyewear, and protective clothing to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases
Follow safety procedures to minimize the risks associated with the use of x-ray machines


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.


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