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Dental Surgical Assistant

Company: The University of Oklahoma
Location: Norman
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

POSITION INFORMATION: Assists faculty, residents, and dental students with oral surgery procedures.


  • Surgical Assistance. Provides surgical assistance to faculty, residents, and dental students.
  • Preparation. Prepares patients for the procedure with proper monitors for sedation. Prepares surgical trays with instrumentation for basic extractions, IV extractions, biopsies, and implants. Sterilizes instruments.
  • Monitoring. Reads and notates monitor readings from the procedure. Maintains awareness of emergency situations and responds according to departmental policy.
  • X-Ray Development. Exposes and develops x-rays.
  • Patient Recovery. Recovers patients from sedations. Gives prescriptions from the surgeon with dosage instruction and proper home care instructions.
  • Sanitation. Cleans and sanitizes rooms after patient treatment.
  • Paperwork. Completes paperwork for surgeries and sedations including anesthesia records, drug cards, and consent forms. Properly completes all paperwork from the procedure.
  • Administrative Assistance. Performs basic administrative office procedures such as chart management, seating and dismissing patients, etc.
  • Continuing Education. Continues dental surgical education by attending training sessions to learn concepts of sterile procedures, sterilization, radiology, dental record keeping, fire and safety procedures, OSHA regulations, nitrous oxide administration, and basic CPR.
  • As Needed. Performs various duties as needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position.

Education: High School Diploma or GED

Experience: 12 months experience as a Dental Assistant

Certifications/ Licenses: Dental Assistant Certification or OMSDA with the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, Radiology, Basic CPR

Preferred: 6 months experience in Oral Surgery


  • Regularly required to work in an office environment at both his/her own or others' desk/office
  • Required daily to walk the floor, sometimes for extended periods and be able to help wherever needed
  • Able to regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to keep hand and arm steady while moving arm or while holding arm and hand in one position
  • Able to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate or assemble very small objects
  • Able to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine to exact positions
  • Able to bend, stretch, twist and/or reach with your body, arms and/or legs
  • Must possess good multi-limb coordination (i.e. the ability to coordinate two or more limbs while sitting or standing)
  • Must possess good trunk strength (i.e. the ability to use abdominal or lower back muscles to support part of the body continuously or repeatedly over time without giving out or fatiguing
  • Able to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information
  • Good manual dexterity required to enable safe, skillful use of instruments while working in the mouth

Keywords: The University of Oklahoma, Norman , Dental Surgical Assistant, Other , Norman, Oklahoma

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