A Registered Nurse (RN) with current BLS certification (CPR-HCP), whose Primary function is:
Administering medication as ordered by the sedation dentist
Assessing and maintaining a patent airway
Monitoring vital signs
Sedation record keeping
Assisting in emergency procedures
If the sedation dentist is not performing the treatment, he assumes the sedation assistant responsibilities, i.e. no need for RN
Primary function is to keep the operative field free of blood, mucous, and debris.
An operative assistant is mandatory even if the treatment provided is scaling and root planning, either by a dentist or a hygienist.
Attends to office duties, so the sedation team is not disturbed. The operative assistant can not carry out office duties while a patient is sedated.