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 much time spends working a dental nurse?

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.

CACHE Level 3 Diploma: The Principles and Practices Of Dental Nursing

For anyone over the age of 18, the CACHE Course from Dental Nursing Academy is a great way to begin a worthwhile career in professional dental care. This course is a 12-month course and is a stand-alone qualification that is the perfect foundation for furthering an enjoyable and successful dental care career with salaries starting at £18,000 per annum. Further training and study could see you become a specialist dental nurse or team leader where salaries of between £25,000 and £28,000 per annum are not uncommon.

What is involved in the CACHE Course with the Dental Nursing Academy?

The CACHE Diploma course from the Dental Nursing Academy requires training in the workplace, and thus a placement at a dental surgery is necessary. Students can find their own placement or can alternatively use the services of Dental Nursing Academy recruitment team. Training in the workplace should ideally be 16 hours per week with the balance of learning completed in the online. The combination of theory and chairside practice results in considerably higher pass marks and well-grounded future dental care professionals. We highly recommended 24 hours to gain in depth experience in working with in NHS or Private surgery.

Regular clinical assessments are carried out in the work placement and are overseen by Our qualified Dental Assessors Further to the clinical assessments, two multiple choice exams must be completed. Short assignments must be written throughout the duration of the CACHE course. With CACHE we can allocate your exams throughout the year.

17 subjects are covered in the CACHE Diploma and these include some of:

  • Chairside support during operations and tooth extractions
  • Maintaining surgical equipment
  • Patient record keeping
  • Understanding the roles, responsibilities, and ethics of being a dental nurse
  • Communication skills with both patients and the dental practice team
  • Practice hygiene and instrument sterilisation
  • First aid including CPR and life support

A basic First Aid course is included with the CACHE Diploma as this is a considered valuable and useful in the workplace.

After your studies

Upon completion of your 12 month CACHE Diploma course with the Dental Nursing Academy superb career opportunities open up. All candidates who pass the course can register with the General Dental Council to enhance and improve job prospects and career advancement.

Course Summary

  • Designed to last a minimum of 12 months and covers 17 modules
  • Observations in dental settings
  • 2 multiple choice exams (50 questions each)


Online training has become popular in the UK and the Dental Nursing Academy has embraced it. Offering the CACHE Diploma all online has made studying and qualifying for a nationally recognised qualification easier, more convenient and more affordable than ever before. Learning online for your CACHE Diploma with Dental Nursing Academy brings all the expertise and experience of the leading Dental Care training provider in the UK together with the convenience of learning at your own pace and time. Our course is blended which incorporates a mix of different learning put together all in one.

Who is this course for?

CACHE online course is best suited to students currently in the workplace within the dental industry or someone whos due to start working. The courses combine practical and theoretical learning and are taught and mentored by experienced dental care professionals with a passion for seeing others succeed. Ideally, the online courses work for those who have limited time to physically attend class or where classroom study is inconvenient which doesn’t meet their needs. The courses are perfect for those who have a family to look after but still wish to obtain the qualifications to enhance their dental care career. Some centres may require over a hour to get to their location and back which in that time you can study online and complete a module.

About Online Courses

Compared to the conventional training there are few differences in course structures and content. The CACHE Diploma lasts 12 months. However, there is some limited flexibility in this to fit in with the pace and progress of each learner.  Both courses require a work placement for their duration. In line with the standard CACHE Diploma, every student is assigned a tutor or mentor both for encouragement and support and also to help them complete assessments set out by awarding body. Our course combines of:

  • weekly/ fortnightly webinars for theory knowledge
  • weekly/fortnightly webinars for Assignment support
  • 3 monthly visits in Dental surgery to carry our Direct observations
  • 3 monthly progression performance reviews
  • 24/7 access to Online course contents
  • 24/7 access to Electric Portfolio to complete assignments
  • Separate Revision Classes to support with final Exams

Is online training recognised?

Yes. Online training with the Dental Nursing Academy is equal to offline training. The is no difference in the outcome or qualification received, and career opportunities are the same.

Why Choose the Dental Nursing Academy for online training?

Dental Nursing Academy is recognised as one of the leading training facilities in the UK for the dental care industry With over 25 years of professional experience and having launched hundreds of successful dental care carers; all the expertise has been applied to produce the very best online learning solution. Our online dental care courses have been designed by dental care professionals to ensure the best dental care professionals are produced.

To discover more about the convenience and flexibility of studying online for a diploma in dental care with the Dental Nursing Academy call 020 3875 0569 or drop us an email at today

The Benefits of online training

For the employer
  • Online training is the perfect inclusion to any training program for any dental practice or surgery wishing to train or upskill its dental care and nursing staff.
  • eLearning is affordable and can be budgeted for.
  • Online training is the easiest way to ensure all dental nursing and care staff have up to date qualifications and knowledge to add value to any dental practice or surgery
  • Online training allows employees to learn in their own time at work or away from work. Organisations that offer online learning opportunities for staff and pay for and contribute towards the cost gain more loyal staff
  • Online learning does not disrupt working hours, more time given to patient care
  • Online learning with active interest from employer and employee improves communication and makes for a happier and more productive workplace
  • Online training is easily managed by an employer and progress can be monitored.
  • Online training means your dental practice is part of your success and take pride in your studies
 For the employee
  • Online Training is convenient and ideal for the busy working parent who has a lot to juggle
  • Online Training is affordable with flexible fees
  • Online training means you can study at the pace the suits you
  • Online Training means you can work and study at the same time
  • Online Training means anywhere can be your classroom at any time
  • Online Training gives you the same teaching as conventional training and qualifications are equally recognised
  • Online Training makes you valuable

Interested to become a Dental nurse?