Dental Anesthesiology Assistant

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Dental Anesthesiology Assistant

Job Description

A Dental Anesthesiology Assistant is responsible for assisting the dental anesthesiologist in administering anesthesia to patients undergoing dental procedures. They also help with patient care, record-keeping, and office management tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Preparing the patient for dental anesthesia, such as taking vital signs and reviewing medical history.
  2. Assisting the dental anesthesiologist during the administration of anesthesia and monitoring the patient’s vital signs.
  3. Providing post-anesthesia care to patients, such as monitoring them as they recover from anesthesia and administering oxygen or medications as needed.
  4. Sterilizing dental instruments and equipment to prevent the spread of infection.
  5. Maintaining accurate patient records, including medical history, treatment plans, and progress notes related to anesthesia.
  6. Managing office administrative tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, and managing patient files.
  7. Educating patients on pre- and post-operative care related to dental anesthesia.
  8. Ordering and maintaining anesthesia supplies and equipment inventory.
  9. Maintaining a clean and organized treatment room and work area.
  10. Providing assistance to the dental anesthesiologist and other members of the dental team as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Completion of a dental assistant training program that includes dental anesthesia training.
  3. Knowledge of dental anesthesia procedures, instruments, and terminology.
  4. Proficiency in sterilization techniques and infection control procedures.
  5. Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  7. Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  8. Computer skills for managing electronic patient records and scheduling appointments.
  9. Certification in radiography and dental assisting may be required in some states.

Certification and Licensure

Some states may require certification or registration as a dental assistant. The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) offers certification for dental assistants who have completed an accredited program or have equivalent work experience. Additionally, some states may require licensure or registration with the state dental board.

Job Outlook and Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for dental assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual salary for dental assistants was $41,180 as of May 2020. The salary for dental anesthesiology assistants may be higher due to the specialized training and responsibilities required.

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