Dental nursing is a well-paid and rewarding profession. Dental nurses assist in several procedures: from basic check-ups to complex surgeries. Students will receive the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification and the General Dental Council (GDC) number, once they complete the course and pass the dental nursing exams, allowing them to work as a qualified dental nurse anywhere in the UK.
Although the reception staff are normally the patient’s first point of contact in the dental practice, the dental nurse is quite often the first person the patient comes into contact with in the clinical area. Dental nurses are registered dental professionals who provide clinical and other support to other registrants and patients.
Dental nurse duties:
• Prepare and maintain the clinical environment, including the equipment.
• Carry out infection-control procedures to prevent physical, chemical,
and microbiological contamination in the surgery or laboratory.
• Record dental charting carried out by other appropriate registrants.
• Prepare, mix, and handle dental materials.
• Provide chairside support to the operator during treatment.
• Keep full and accurate patient records.
• Prepare equipment, materials, and patients for dental radiography.
• Process dental radiographs.
• Monitor, support, and reassure patients.
• Give appropriate advice to patients.
• Support the patient and their colleagues if there is a medical
• Make appropriate referrals to other health professionals.