Dental Nursing

About Dental Nursing

The role of a Dental Nurse is varied. Primarily a dental nurse provides chair side support for the clinical team.  The team includes dentists, hygienists/therapists, clinical dental technicians and administration staff.

Dental Nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services and can also train as a Dental Nurse in the armed forces.

What you'll be doing

During the Apprenticeship you will cover areas such as:

•    Health and Safety
•    Roles and Responsibilities of a Dental Nurse
•    First Aid Essentials
•    Preparation and maintenance of the  environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedure
•    Oral Health Education
•    Radiography
•    Dental Caries, Periodontal Disease
•    Crowns, Bridges and Dentures
•    Cross Infection Control

How do you get into the industry?

There are no minimum levels of entry: however some employers may prefer you to have a good standard of general education such as GCSE’s in Maths and English. You will also be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS Check).

Like all Apprenticeships, in order to start a Dental Nursing Apprenticeship, you need to have a job or a placement in the industry as it is a work-based qualification.

Further Progression

You can further your career by taking additional courses in:

•    Impression Taking
•    Applying Fluoride
•    Radiography
•    Oral Health Education
•    Combined Diploma in Hygiene Therapy