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 the 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