A dental nurse supports the dentist in all aspects of patients’ dental care. Some patients will be there for a check-up while others will have more complicated treatment. You will need to reassure people and put them at ease, while supporting the team in all aspects of patient care.
In a dental practice, you will welcome patients and provide direct support with the treatment itself:
You will also be responsible for ensuring high standards of cleanliness and control of infection.
You will need:
You can usually work as a trainee dental nurse without academic qualifications but to progress to being a qualified dental nurse, you will need to study for a course in dental nursing, either part or full time, that is approved by the General Dental Council. Exact course requirements will vary from provider to provider, but a minimum 2 GCSEs (4/C grade or above) in English language and maths or a science subject are usually required for part-time courses.
Full-time degree level courses may require A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications. A level 3 apprenticeship in dental nursing is an additional way to gain the required qualifications in dental nursing.
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