Oral Surgery Assistant
Posted on: March 17, 2023
Provide direct support to oral surgeons and other provider
personnel in the delivery of dental care and service within a
Kaiser Permanente dental office.
- Perform all of the functions and duties listed for an EFDA
certified dental assistant in addition to the following: Maintain
organized oral surgery instruments and supplies. Transcribes
essential information between the oral surgeon and the patient in a
concise, legible and understandable manner for placement into
patients dental record. Places topical anesthetic. Takes and
records pre-op vital signs. monitors vital signs of patients
throughout surgery procedures, including EKG as required.
Anticipates oral surgeons needs and participates actively in oral
surgery procedures. Gives verbal and written post-op instructions,
including medication instructions and precautions. Removes
post-surgical dressings and/or sutures. Triages patient calls for
surgery specific problems. calls in surgeon-prescribed medications
to KP and non-KP pharmacies. Responds appropriately to medical
emergencies, including preparation of ACLS drugs for administration
by oral surgeon as needed. Assists oral surgeon in hospital setting
using sterile hospital techniques. Maintains biopsy log per quality
assurance guidelines. Administer sedation drugs under the
supervision of an oral surgeon. Receive and send chart consults to
oral surgeons. Review charts sent to oral surgery add treatment
plan and book appointments. Maintain recall log for pathology
patients, send post cards out and follow up to schedule
appointment. Maintain ACLS drugs in office with current dates. Book
patients in EPICARE for the operating room at central interstate
and sunnyside hospital. Monthly meeting to review medical
- In support of the practice of a dentist provider; Train persons
(patients) in techniques of oral hygiene and prevention of oral
disease. Place films (dental radiographs), adjust equipment
preparatory to exposing films, and expose films. Organize patients
dental record consistent with established guidelines, confirm its
availability and assure that it is in order and ready for providers
use at the time care and service is to be provided. Greet,
introduce self to, and inform patient of general treatment to be
provided and provider to be seen consistent with established kaiser
permanente behavioral guidelines. Review health questionnaire with
patient and notify provider of reported conditions that could
effect treatment. Promote patients emotional comfort by gaining
rapport, instilling confidence and promoting tranquility. Inform
and answer patients and/or parents questions regarding care and
service provided as directed by provider.
- Anticipate needs of provider in the delivery of patient care
and service. Communicate information important to maintaining the
proper scheduling and flow of patients consistent with information
recorded in the patients dental record. Prepare, organize, arrange
and pass dental instruments, supplies and materials as requested by
the provider and required by established guidelines. Establish and
maintain a clear and clean operating field. Record and/or verify
information in the patients dental record according to established
procedures. Record and/or verify all patient care and service
related information on all necessary forms and documents consistent
with established guidelines and in a manner that accurately
reflects the information documented in the patients dental record.
As required in support of direct patient care activities, enter,
retrieve and transmit patient care and service related information
via the programs automated patient and provider scheduling system
(team), consistent with established guidelines and training.
Respond to medical emergency situations consistent with established
guidelines. Expose and process dental radiographs as required
consistent with established guidelines and radiology equipment use
specifications. Take patients blood pressure and accurately record
in patients dental record. Clean and sterilize and process
instruments consistent with established guidelines. Maintain clean,
orderly, well organized and supplied work environment, including
assigned operatory, laboratory and instrument processing areas,
consistent with established infection control. Assure proper
handling of all materials in accordance with hazard communication
program and infection control guidelines. Assure proper functioning
of equipment through the periodic completion of established
preventive maintenance procedures such as cleaning and oiling, and
reporting non-functioning, damaged, etc. equipment to office
manager or supervisor in a timely manner.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the office manager or
supervisory personnel that are consistent with the individuals
training and experience in an active and cooperative manner. Act in
conformance with established program policies, procedures,
guidelines and protocols, the Administrative Rules of the State
Board of Dentistry, the State Dental Practice Act and any other
laws and regulations that govern the role and responsibilities of
the dental assistant and satisfactorily maintain the established
qualifications for selection towards this position. Perform the
following functions provided that the dentist is on the premises
and the dentist checks the patient before and after the functions
are performed; Place matrix retainers for alloy and composite
restorations. Polish amalgam restorations. Remove supra-gingival
excess cement. Take impressions for the following purposes;
Diagnostic models. Counter and opposing models. Fabrication of
temporary restorations. Intra-oral bite registration for study
model articulation. Place and remove a rubber dam, Fabricate
temporary plastic-type crowns. Assist in monitoring patients that
are being administered nitrous oxide consistent with established
guidelines. Other duties appropriate for EFDA DA II as authorized
by Board of Dentistry rules and regulations.
- One (1) year as a dental assistant OR graduation from an ADA
accredited dental assisting program.
- High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED)
License, Certification, Registration
- Pit and Fissure Sealant Certificate (Oregon) within 4 months of
- Anesthesia Dental Assistant Certificate (Oregon) within 12
months of hire
- Dental Radiation Proficiency Certificate (Oregon)
- Expanded Function Dental Assistant Certificate (Oregon)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support within 3 months of hire
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant Certificate within 12
months of hire
- Basic Life Support within 3 months of hire
- The individual applicant for this position must demonstrate, to
the satisfaction of the individual performing the selection
interview, the following qualifications if he or she is to be
selected. Furthermore, consistent with the fact that these
qualifications are required for selection, they then must be
satisfactorily maintained by the individual as a condition of
- Demonstrated competence in four-handed dentistry
- Satisfactory level of knowledge and proficiency in use of
current dental materials, instruments and equipment.
- Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and work
effectively under both direct and indirect supervision.
- Well organized in use of time and effort.
- Demonstrated capacity to act in a professionally courteous
manner when interacting with patients, providers and other
employees - good interpersonal skills.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Candidate is required to pass a pre-employment dental assistant
- Basic knowledge of sterilization and infection control
- Days/Times vary.
- Travel Clackamas, Grand, Glisan, Gresham, Rockwood dental.
Job Category: Dental Support
Keywords: Kaiser, Gresham , Oral Surgery Assistant, Healthcare , Boring, Oregon
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