In the specialty of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS), administrators require extensive dental knowledge. This overview is intended to provide a closer look at the oral cavity and its surrounding structures, specifically as it pertains to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. A working knowledge of normal anatomy of the face and oral cavity is critical because it is the most important component to the overall health, safety, and well being of the dental patient. Procedures include, but are not limited to the removal of teeth, dental implants, grafts, oral oncology/biopsies, facial trauma, and orthognathic surgery. All procedures are performed with local anesthetic; most are performed with IV sedation.
The administrator’s role is to alleviate patient anxiety, and provide all the information needed prior to a consultation visit, a surgical visit, and the subsequent follow up appointments.
I love working with these dedicated and intelligent members of the OMS team, and simply want to make administrators new to dentistry feel more confident and comfortable.
This entire publication is under continuous construction. I will continue to amend this document and welcome all feedback.