Oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants assist the doctors during the administration of anesthesia and surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions.
Oral & Maxillofacial Anesthesia Assistants need to complete the Oral and Maxillofacial Anesthesia Assistant Program (OMAAP) conducted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Additionally, all assistants who participate in office anesthesia care have up-to-date basic life support training.
Anesthesia can be administered locally, intravenously, or by inhalation.
Oral & Maxillofacial Anesthesia Assistant Duties:
-Walking and assisting patients recovering from general anesthesia/sedation to recovery rooms and or out of the office to transportation
-Assists surgeon during procedures
-Takes and records medical and dental histories and vital signs of patient
-Assists dentist in management of medical and dental emergencies
-Instructs patients in pre-operative care instructions
-Provides post-operative instructions
Oral & Maxillofacial Anesthesia Assistants work is performed in an oral maxillofacial surgery office environment, and involves frequent exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, medical preparations and other conditions common to a dental office environment.
Oral & Maxillofacial Anesthesia Assistant Salary: $34,000
Hourly Rate by State or Province:
Florida : 10.28 – $19.72
Pennsylvania: $11.94 – $24.68
Oregon: $12.42 – $20.87
Ohio: $13.84 – $28.22
Indiana: $12.25 – $21.64
Colorado: $14.12 – $24.22
Georgia: $10.20 – $24.23