Duties Of Dental Surgery Technician In Nigeria.

The dental profession is one of the fastest-growing health professions in Nigeria due to the high professionally qualified personnel trained every year from different institutions. Dental surgery technicians are part of the dental team. 

Who are Dental surgery technicians?

The dental surgery technicians are qualified dental professionals that undergo 3 years training in approved health institutions in Nigeria  and also go for professional board examination and licensure organized by the DENTAL THERAPIST REGISTRATION BOARD OF NIGERIA (DTRBN).

Dental surgery technician was formally known as dental surgery assistance (DSA)

Role of Dental surgery technicians in dental clinic

The role of Dental surgery technicians in Nigeria is the same as the role of Dental nurses in the UK.

Which are divided into two:

1. Office Duty

2. Surgery Room Duty

Office duty

 The role of Dental surgery technicians  in the office are listed below: 

  •  Arranging patients files
  •  scheduling patients appointment
  •  Receiving and distinguishing patients
  •  Welcoming patient
  •  Answering calls on the telephone ordering consumables and non-consumable supplies

Surgery Room Duty: 

The role of Dental surgery technicians during surgery are listed below:

  • Chairside assistant during every Dental procedure
  • Manipulation of Dental materials during dental restoration
  • Taking and processing dental radiograph
  • Preoperative care to the patients
  • Postoperative care to the patients
  • Discharging patients from the clinic
  •  Sterilization and disinfection of Dental equipment
  •  Setup for surgery trays

Role of Dental Surgery Technician in the Nigerian Community 

In Nigeria, dental surgery technicians serve as primary oral health care providers. They educate people on how to take care of their mouth and Nutritional counseling. Dental surgery technicians also organize oral health education for people mostly in rural areas. Because  dental cases are very common in rural areas due to their ignorance about oral health and sometimes they cannot afford dental treatment due to their economic status. Furthermore, most Nigerians living in the rural areas are not accessible to dental centers. That’s why Dental surgery technicians are very crucial in the Nigerian community.

Career Opportunities for Dental Surgery Technicians in Nigeria. 

Completing training in the Dental surgery technician profession may originally seem like it leads to just one straightforward job, but there are more lucrative ways that can open the door to various rewarding and long-term careers in the overall field of dentistry. To get started, all you need to do is take the first step and sign up for the Dental surgery technician Profession. You will be surprised by how many amazing opportunities are available.

One of the possible career paths available for dental surgery technicians is obtaining a higher degree such as the HND or BSC in dental nursing after undergoing a conversion program.

Dental Surgery Technician salary in Nigeria

Dental surgery technicians are critical elements for the success of any dental office. Entry Level Dental surgery technicians typically earn N65, 000 to N75, 000 per month. More experienced Dental surgery technicians can earn up to N150, 000 to N200, 000 per month in Nigerian where some of them serve as civil servants and some are public workers depending on the part among three tiers of the Nigerian health system

Usually, an entry-level dental surgery technician is CONHESS 6 at the secondary level and sometimes CONHESS 7 at the tertiary level. While their terminal level is level CONHESS 13 in public practice it is varied in the private sector.

Conclusion

Dental surgery technicians are important members of the dental team in Nigeria. Dental surgery technicians organize oral health campaigns mostly during world oral health days to achieve maximum oral health awareness in the target population of a particular area. Also, dental surgery technicians organize  oral health education for the students in the schools.  

In urban areas, dental surgery technicians can work in public and private sectors, they are always the first to have contact with patients sympathetically with their good communication skills.