Registered nurses acquire extensive knowledge of all systems of the human body; 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 (AAOMS, 2017). All procedures are performed with local anesthetic; most are performed with IV sedation. An RNs role in IV sedation is to alleviate patient anxiety and discomfort, and specifically to ensure that the patient remain motionless during surgery in order to protect the delicate blood vessels and nerves of the oral cavity and surrounding anatomical structures.
I love working with these dedicated and intelligent members of the OMS team, and simply want to make RNs more comfortable in their new dental surroundings. Please visit the links to the BC College of Oral Health Professionals (previously the College of Dental Surgeons of BC) website outlining an RNs role as part of the sedation team in an OMS practice.
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