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Dental Surgical Aide


Dental Surgical Aide

  • 532793
  • Medical Center
  • Clinic
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Dec 14 2022
  • Grade 103
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Dental Surgical Aide will report to the Director of Operations, Specialty Programs and Director of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and will assist in routine and advanced oral surgery procedures as directed by the oral surgeon. The incumbent will provide clinical and administrative support in the OMFS teaching clinic and Faculty Practice. Additional duties include and are not limited to patient preparation and positioning; clinical area preparation; oral surgery assisting; the use, maintenance, distribution of surgical equipment, instruments and supplies; and administrative duties that include managing patient records and clinic schedules.


  • Assist oral maxillofacial surgeon and/or dental student in provision of dental care to patients
  • Appropriate setup for surgical procedures
  • Assisting with patient monitoring during surgeries
  • Monitoring patients under IV sedation or general anesthesia
  • Medical Emergency Response
  • IV Placement
  • Make telephone calls the day before to reconfirm the appointment, and confirm NPO instructions, and other checklists such as arrival times, escort, etc.
  • Upon patient check in, confirming the checklist prior to seating the patient in the chair (checklist will be provided)
  • Discuss post-operative instructions with the patient and be able to answer patient questions during recovery
  • Discuss post-operative complications with the patients and relay information to the patient
  • Adhere to infection control guidelines when preparing for, during, and upon completion of each dental treatment; disinfect and clean dental treatment rooms and contaminated trays; disinfect and sterilize instruments, equipment, and surgical hand pieces; handle and dispose of sharps and hazardous materials according to established University, State, and federal OSHA standards.
  • Expose diagnostic dental radiographs utilizing either standard or digital radiology equipment
  • Maintain dental supply and material levels within the oral maxillofacial surgery clinic; assist in the inventory process and notify appropriate individual when supplies are needed; receive, store, and distribute supplies and materials
  • Maintain surgical equipment; report problems or major malfunctions to the dental equipment technician (s) and the Office of Clinical Affairs
  • Prepare instruments used in the surgery clinic to be transported and sterilized in sterilization
  • Distribute and collect both clean and dirty instruments to and from dental clinics
  • Check instruments and equipment out to students/residents and again upon return using the university instrument tracking system
  • Assist in patient registration, scheduling appointments, and managing overall clinic workflow daily
  • Develop or run reports to track clinic activity.
  • Assist in maintenance of patient logs, and administrative records of supplies utilized
  • Assist in ensuring that clinic chair utilization is maximized in order to ensure high clinic productivity
  • Perform data entry as required for proper maintenance of patient records and supply and materials inventory.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus two years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduation from a CODA accredited dental assistant training program
  • Minimum of two years of experience as a dental assistant in an oral surgery department in hospital and/or practice
  • Completion of requirements for the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) certification

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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