Dental Nursing

What is a Dental nurse?

A Dental Nurse is a GDC registered dental professional who gives support to the dentist in all aspects of patients’ dental care across the full range of treatments and may also carry out reception work and other tasks. A dental nurse is a key element in the dental team who provides help to everybody in the staff when required.

To be a dental nurse you will need to have excellent communication skills, a caring nature and be highly organised. Dental Nurses need to be friendly and approachable, reliable, calm and be flexible enough to respond to unexpected situations as they arise.

What are the dental nurse duties?

Some of the specific duties include:

  • Being responsible for the decontamination of instruments and environment (sterilisation and control infection).
  • Maintaining dental operating equipment.
  • Ensuring that all supplies are in place.
  • Looking after patient records as well as taking notes when required.
  • Helping the dentist when needed by passing instruments and materials.
  • Keeping the patient relaxed and comfortable at all times.

You may also help with reception work. Tact and discretion are important qualities for a dental nurse: you will be handling confidential patient information and caring for people.

How much does a dental nurse earn?

Dental nurse’s salary vary from 18,000 to £28,500 average per year.
(From £18,000 to £20,000 for starters and from £21,000 to £28,500 for experienced of specialist nurses)

How many hours does a dental nurse work a week?

Dental nurse working hours be from 7 to 40 per week.

Dental nurses usually work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and sometimes evenings if required. For hospital’s dental departments there may be on call at nights and weekends for emergencies.

What other jobs can I take as a dental nurse?

Experienced dental nurses may work as team managers, team leaders, or dental practice managers. With further training, they could become dental therapists, dental hygienists or orthodontic therapists working in a specialized area in dental field expanding professional possibilities and also getting better incomes.

What do I need to be a Dental Nurse?

You can work as a trainee dental nurse without academic qualifications but, to qualify as a dental nurse, you will need to study for a course in dental nursing approved by the General Dental Council. By Law you must be on an accredited course or be on a waiting list. All nurses must also be vaccinated with Hepatitis B. A DBS check must also be provided as part of employment.

Interested to become a Dental nurse?