Background Information

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a surgical specialty with its origins in dentistry. OMS is recognized by the Commonwealth Department of Health as a principal surgical specialty. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons deal with the surgical treatment of diseases, disorders and malformations of the mouth, teeth, jaws and associated structures.

OMS specialists are initially trained as dental surgeons and are now required to have a medical qualification as well; specialist surgical training in an approved teaching hospital environment for a minimum of 5 years is also required and the exit qualification is the FRACDS (OMS). Newly graduated oral and maxillofacial surgeons commonly have completed 18 or more years of training.

Australia has approximately 250 fully qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeons. This specialist group is represented by two specific organisations, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (R.A.C.D.S), and also the Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (A.N.Z.A.O.M.S)


Practice Staff

The surgical staff at Dr Bowler’s specialist OMS practice are experienced oral and maxillofacial surgical nurses who maintain a high level of sterility in the rooms, assist with radiographic analysis and the administration of sedation and surgery both in the rooms and in hospital. One of our nurses is an experienced operating theatre registered nurse (RN) with specialist qualifications enabling her to assist in surgery and in outpatient procedures in the rooms.

All our office staff are informed, well trained and experienced administrative personnel well versed in scheduling appointments, admissions to hospital and dealing with the intricacies of health insurance policies, Worker’s Compensation matters and Medicare. They take great pride in their work and are there to help ensure your experience in our specialist practice is caring and efficient.

All staff are CPR certified and their skills are regularly updated.